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Shropshire

Shropshire is a county in the West Midlands, bordering Cheshire to the north, Staffordshire to the east, Herefordshire to the south and Wales to the west.

 

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Geography, transport & economy

Shropshire is divided into two halves – north and south. North Shropshire is home to the county’s biggest towns, which include Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Newport and the Telford conurbation (Telford, Donnington, Oakengates, Shifnal and Wellington).

South Shropshire is a more rural area, with no large towns and fewer settlements. The area is dominated by river valleys and hill ranges, along with woods and pine forests.

Major roads in Shropshire include the M54 motorway and the A5, as well as key trunk roads such as the A49 and the A41.

There are plenty of rail links running through Shropshire, including the Cambrian line, the Shrewsbury to Chester line and the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury line. These lines are serviced by Arriva Trains Wales, London Midland and Virgin Trains.

Shropshire’s economy was traditionally dominated by agriculture, but it has become more service-oriented in recent years. Most industry is found in Telford, Shrewsbury, Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Oswestry, but there are some small industrial estates in most of the market towns. Shrewsbury is now a centre for warehousing and distribution, due to its convenient location on the regional road network.

Telford and Shrewsbury are the main retail centres in Shropshire, with contrasting shopping styles; Shrewsbury is made up of largely historical streets, whereas Telford has a large modern shopping centre.

 

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Notable locations & attractions

Shropshire is often noted as one of England’s most peaceful and least crowded areas, and has its own legacy of atmospheric castles and hillforts. Within the idyllic landscapes, there are plenty of market towns, including Ellesmere, Market Drayton, Ludlow and Bridgnorth.

In the east of Shropshire lies the Ironbridge World Heritage Site, where there are numerous museums to celebrate the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

Shropshire’s other main attractions include the Severn Valley Railway and the Royal Airforce Museum Cosford.

 

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