Shropshire is one of England’s ‘undiscovered counties’ lying on the border with Wales but within easy reach of Birmingham and Manchester, either by road or rail. Both cities have international airports from which many major destinations can be reached. 

The National Exhibition Centre and other cultural venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall are just over an hour away. 

The population of Shropshire is c 500,000 people, but with only two major towns, Shrewsbury (71,000) and Telford (175,000), the majority of people live in a network of villages and small market towns.

The most local of these is Newport (population,11,000), where many of the University’s students live during their time out of campus residences. The town has a range of small shops, with some national chains, major supermarkets, including a branch of Waitrose, and a lively market. The town also has three excellent secondary schools, including a boys’ selective school and a girls’ selective high school, both of which perform exceptionally in the national school league tables. 

Telford and Shrewsbury, as well as other surrounding towns and cities provide opportunities for employment for relocating partners. Birmingham is also within commuting distance from Telford or Stafford railway stations. 

The wider county has many attractions, including the World Heritage Site at Ironbridge, just to the south of Telford; Ludlow, with its famous food and arts festivals; and a wide range of agricultural events that take place during the summer season. Outdoor activities are just on the doorstep and extend to many places to visit, just over the border in Wales.

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How to get to Harper Adams

Getting here by car caret-down

The campus is situated off the B5062 from Newport to Shrewsbury.

Postcode for your satnav is: TF10 8NB

From the North

  • Take the M6 South.
  • Leave the M6 at junction 14 (signed Stone and Eccleshall, A34) and follow the A5013, signed to Eccleshall.
  • After 1.5 miles turn left onto the B5405.
  • At the T junction in Woodseaves, turn left on to the A519 and follow signs for Newport.
  • After passing The Swan pub in Forton, you will shortly come to a roundabout. Take the second exit onto the B5062 (signposted Newport/Shrewsbury).
  • At the T junction turn right (signposted Shrewsbury), then left on the B5062 (signposted for the University).
  • Harper Adams is 1.5 miles along this road, on the right-hand side.

From the South

  • Take the M6 North.
  • Leave the M6 at junction 10A (signposted Telford/North Wales) and join the M54.
  • Leave the M54 at junction 3 (signposted Whitchurch) and take the A41 towards Whitchurch.
  • As you near Newport, drive past the exit for the National Sports Centre. At the first roundabout drive straight over; you will pass an industrial estate on your left.
  • At the next roundabout take the first left (signposted Newport), this is the A518, which will take you into Newport Town Centre.
  • At the mini roundabout in the Centre turn right and drive out of the town, over another mini roundabout and past the petrol station on your left.
  • Go left at the next roundabout on to the B5062 (signposted Edgmond/Shrewsbury).
  • Harper Adams is 1.5 miles along this road, on the right-hand side.

Getting here by bus caret-down

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  • Arriva 519 from Newport to Shrewsbury (stops at Shrewsbury train station and the campus in Edgmond)
  • Arriva 5,5A from Stafford to Newport to Telford (note you will need to change at Newport to get a bus or taxi to the campus)

Getting here by train caret-down

Although Telford Central is the closest train station to Harper Adams, you may find more direct trains to Stafford or Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury has a bus service that stops at the campus (see bus information), or you will be able to get a taxi from any of these stations.

Getting here by air caret-down

Birmingham Airport is the closest airport to Harper Adams. There is a regular train service from Birmingham International to Telford Central and Shrewsbury.