Telford is a new town in the ceremonial county of Shropshire, England. It is administratively located in the West Midlands region, and is now by far the largest town in Shropshire, being the residence for some 130,000 people.


Telford was built in the 1960s and 1970s as a new town, bringing together a number of mining villages, farms and market towns. As the town develops, the areas between these towns are becoming increasingly filled. The resulting town is virtually one large conurbation from Wellington to Shifnal and from Donnington to Dawley. As a result of the new town's component towns, Telford has several distinct centres, although the Telford Shopping Centre and Telford Town Park area is the de facto administrative centre of entire town.

Get in

Telford is easily linked from London by the new Wrexham & Shropshire Railways rail service from London Marylebone. It is also linked to the West Midlands conurbation by the M54 motorway; it has four exits labelled Telford East, Telford Centre, Telford West and Wellington. The town is also serviced north-south by the A442 Queensway (locally known as the Eastern Primary or EP).

Telford train station is situated on the Birmingham Airport-Birmingham-Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury line and there are frequent services to surrounding areas.

Telford can also be accessed by bus from many nearby areas.

Get around

The M54 motorway and A5 main route pass through Telford giving access from North Wales, the South, East and North East. The A49 passes nearby to give access from the North West, the South West and South Wales.

A train line runs between the main Telford train station and Wellington, via Oakengates.

There are also buses that run throughout Telford.


Telford has a long history (see Understand section). As a result there are many attractions ranging from the remains of a Bronze Age fort, roman ruins, medieval markets, examples of Victorian industry and living, right up to the brand new town created nearly 40 years ago.


Telford Town Centre is the commercial centre of the town and is home to the largest indoor shopping centre in Shropshire.

The shopping centre owned by Westfield by Arcadia owner Sir Phillip Green features stores like Sports Direct, JD Sports, Next, Wilko, HSBC, Barclays, LIoyds, TSB, Halifax, M&S, House Of Fraser Former Beatties, Druckers, ASDA, BHS, The Entertainer, Primark & ASDA Museum.



Go next

Shrewsbury - pleasant county town of Shropshire

Birmingham - large metropolis


Shifnal - lots of pubs and good restaurants, situated just on the outskirts of Telford with rail links to Telford Central and Wellington

Ironbridge - The Malt House has live music every Thursday night, as well as a restaurant and bar overlooking the River.

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