Directions to Shrewsbury School
Shrewsbury School lies on the outskirts of the town of Shrewsbury, approximately 50 miles west of Birmingham, and 75 miles south of Manchester. Most visitors will come by road; directions for those arriving by train and air may be found at the foot of this page.
On most occasions when pupils travel to or from school (e.g. the beginning and end of term, half-terms, and two weekends each term), coaches run to a number of destinations around the country, avoiding the need for parents to travel to school to deliver/collect them.
SAT NAV SYSTEMS
Please enter in our postcode SY3 7BA, but please also enter in the 'via' postcode of SY3 7AA to ensure that your route avoids the town centre.
- PLEASE NOTE THAT SEVERN TRENT ARE CURRENTLY CARRYING OUT ROADWORKS ON THE B4380 (ROMAN ROAD) AND A ONE-WAY TRAFFIC SYSTEM IS BEING IMPLEMENTED (Feb - July 2016). This means that it is not possible to drive south-east along the B4380 (ROMAN ROAD) from the Porthill roundabout to the Meole Brace roundabout. Please see the instructions below for alternative routes to the School.
[Updates on the progress of the roadworks are available from http://stw.works/weepingcrossSTW]
Travelling to Shrewsbury School by car
From the North
From Liverpool, Manchester and the North, we recommend travelling via Chester, Wrexham and Oswestry. Pick up the M53 and then the A55 heading for North Wales, and then take the A483 to Wrexham. This becomes the A5 which serves as the Shrewsbury bypass. In order to avoid the roadworks on the B4380 approaching Shrewsbury School, we recommend continuing along the A5 until the junction with the A488. Turn left at the roundabout (1st exit - signposted Shrewsbury West/Radbrook).
Continue along the A488 towards Shrewsbury, passing through Edgebold and Radbrook. Go straight across the first roundabout you come to (shortly after the sign marked 'Radbrook'). Go past Radbrook Campus on your right (marked with a 'For Sale' sign) and then take the 3rd turning on the right into Ridgebourne Road (there is a red pillar box on the corner). Follow Ridgebourne Road to the end, where it meets Roman Road. Go straight across the crossroads into Kennedy Road. Visitors to the Bursary and any delivery vehicles should take the first entrance to the School on the left. All other visitors should continue up the hill and turn left at the tennis courts onto Ashton Road. At the end of this road turn right (still on Ashton Road), and after 400 yards you will find the large blue school gates on your left. Now see At the School (below).
- Note: Visiting sports teams who will be changing in the Cricket Centre should continue on along Radbrook Road to the end, where it joins a roundabout with Roman Road and Porthill Road. Go straight across this roundabout onto Porthill Road to access the School via the Porthill Gate entrance (400 yards on the right).
From the M5 and South West
Leave the M5 at junction 6 (Worcester North) and take the A449 to Kidderminster and then the A442 to Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury. On the outskirts of Shrewsbury, take the A5 west (signposted Llangollen and North Wales) until you meet the A5112/A49 at a large roundabout with Esso service station and Dobbies Garden Centre. Now see The Final Approaches (below).
From the South and East
The M6 Toll has shortened journey times to Shrewsbury considerably, and offers the closest to guaranteed driving times to be found on Britain's roads. The toll for cars is currently £5.50 (£4.80 at weekends).
From London via the M1, M6 and all points to the East
Take the M1 to junction 19, and then the M6 to junction 3a. Join the M6 Toll and follow it to junction T8, the second junction after the toll booths. Now follow the directions From the M6 Toll (below).
From London, the Thames Valley and Oxford via the M40
Take the M40 to the end and join the M42 heading north at junction 3a (signposted M42 The North, M1, M6, Birmingham Central, Solihull). Pick up the M6 toll road and follow it to junction T8, the second junction after the toll booths. Now follow the directions From the M6 Toll (directly below).
From the M6 Toll
Take the A460 (signposted to Wolverhampton) which crosses the M6 at junction 11 and continue to meet the M54 at junction 1. Head for Telford - the M54 becomes the A5. Stay on the A5 until you meet the A5112/A49 at a large roundabout with Esso service station and Dobbies Garden Centre. Now see The Final Approaches (directly below).
The Final Approaches
It is better to avoid the fiendish one-way system in the centre of Shrewsbury. Instead, make your way to the roundabout at the junction of the A5 and A5112, to the south west of Shrewsbury. Take the A5112 signposted to Shrewsbury. Continue past the retail park (Sainsbury's, McDonald's, etc to your right) to the large Meole Brace roundabout (with traffic lights). Approach this in the left-hand lane. Take the second exit (B4380, signposted Porthill and Copthorne), keeping in the left land and forking immediately after the roundabout. You go up an incline which is in fact a bridge over the railway.
At the next roundabout continue on the B4380 (second exit). The road heads down the hill and sweeps round to the right; just as the road rises up again, take the right-hand turn into Kennedy Road. The School is now on your left. Visitors to the Bursary and any delivery vehicles should take the first entrance to the School on the left. All other visitors should continue up the hill and turn left at the tennis courts onto Ashton Road. At the end of this road turn right (still on Ashton Road), and after 400 yards you will find the large blue school gates on your left. Now see At the School (below).
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At the School
As you enter the School, you will come to a bronze statue of Sir Philip Sidney, at which the road splits. Take the road off to the right, and park here. There is a large hall (the Alington Hall) to your left, and the Headmaster's office is on the left hand side of this as you look at it. Visiting sports teams will find further information here.
Please note that although you can also access the School via the Porthill Gate on Porthill Road, there is no vehicular access across the School Site between Ridgemount and the new academic block, Hodgson Hall.
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Shrewsbury is served by Virgin trains from London Euston (by changing at Birmingham New Street or Wolverhampton). There are also regular services from Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, Cardiff and Bristol. Click here for the national rail enquiries website.
Shrewsbury station is just the far side of the centre of the town from the school, and is approximately 20 minutes' walk away - but the route is not easy to find for a novice, so a taxi is usually a better bet. There are usually a good number of taxis on the station taxi rank.
Pupils regularly travel from the international airports at Birmingham (1 hour by car or rail), Manchester (1 hour 15 minutes by car, with some direct trains), Liverpool and East Midlands, and a coach runs to London Heathrow at the start and end of term, and often at half-term.