Use the Park and Ride
The traffic in the centre of Shrewsbury is a bit of a nightmare so we decided to use the Park and Ride to get into the town. We approached Shrewsbury via the A5 so Harlescott Park and Ride was the easiest for us to use. There are also Park and Rides available at Meole Brace and Oxon. Parking at Harlescott was free and the bus fare for a group of up to 5 people was just £2.50 return. The bus dropped us off right in the centre of town close to the castle and train station.
Buses arrive every 10 minutes at peak times and every 15 minutes in off-peak (Monday to Saturday). The first bus is at 7.30 am and the last bus is at 6.30 pm.
We would definitely use the Park and Ride again as it saved us driving around Shrewsbury to find a parking space and also saved us money on parking.
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Shrewsbury is a major rail hub, and sits on a number of busy lines, including Birmingham to Aberystwyth, London to Wrexham and Cardiff to Holyhead. It's not much more than an hour from Birmingham, Cardiff or Manchester, so it's easily visited if you are staying at one of these bigger cities.
Check your ticket prices. Because of its location on the Welsh border, it can be cheaper to break your journey in Shrewsbury, than to buy a direct ticket from England to Wales.
Through Wales to Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury has a very good train service, both concerning "normal" trains like the Newport - Birmingham line and also the special train of the Heart of Wales Line. This train starts in Swansea, follows a route through the beautiful scenery of South Wales and ends in Shrewsbury. Of course, you can also go the other way, from Shrewsbury to Swansea.
For transportation within Shrewsbury:Walk! The old town is not big, many streets are narrow, there is a large pedestrian precinct and I got the feeling that you're faster walking than driving a car.
Location of Bus/Train station
Just a mention that the Train Station is about as centrally located as a station can be in a medieval town, and the bus station is quite close to that. So don't worry about pricey taxi transfers from the station to the centre.
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