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.

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.

We recommend the route planner from the AA's website, which provides clear and detailed travel directions. Click here to open this route planner in a new window. You will need to enter your home postcode (or address); the destination has been completed for you, but you will need to enter the postcode 'SY3 7AA' in the 'via' box, to ensure you are given the best route into the school, avoiding the town centre.

BY CAR - detailed instructions
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. Stay on the A5 until, after a short section of dual carriageway, you meet the A5112/A49 at a large roundabout with Esso service station and garden centre. Now see The Final Approaches (below).

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 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 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 directions From the M6 Toll (immediately 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 roundabout at a large roundabout with Esso service station and garden centre. Now see The Final Approaches (immediately below).

The Final Approaches
It is better to avoid the fiendish one way system in the centre of Shrewsbury. Instead, find 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 lane and forking left 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 bursar should take the first entrance on the left; others should continue up the hill, and turn left at the tennis courts onto Ashton Road. At the end of the road turn right (still on Ashton Road), and after 400 yards you will find the large blue school gates on your left.


Click on the map above to open a larger one in a new window

At the school
As you enter the school, you will come to a bronze statue, 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 during the construction of our new academic block (July 2014 - August 2015), which is situated between Ridgemount and Oldham's Hall,  

Shrewsbury School site map September 2011

 Click on the map above to open a larger version (low resolution) in a new window; a high resolution version is also available: Site Map September 2012 High Res.pdf

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 is 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.