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 centers, although the Telford Shopping Centre and Telford Town Park area is the de facto administrative center of entire town.
Telford is linked from London by a twice a day service in each direction operated by Virgin Trains. Or change at Wolverhampton for a connecting service.
It is also linked to the West Midlands conurbation by the M54 motorway; it has four exits. Junction 4 is for Telford East, Junction 5 is for Telford Centre, Junction 6 serves the new Lawley housing development and the Wrekin Retail Park; Junction 7 is for Wellington.
The town is also serviced north-south by the A442 Queensway (locally known as the Eastern Primary or EP).
Telford Central and Wellington railway stations are situated on the Birmingham Airport-Birmingham-Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury line and there are frequent services to surrounding areas operated by London Midland and Arriva Trains Wales.
Telford is also served by National Express coaches, with daily services to and from London, Aberystwyth and Pwllheli. The town can also be accessed by Arriva buses from many nearby areas.
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 hilltop fort, Roman ruins at nearby Wroxeter, medieval markets, examples of Victorian industry and living, right up to the brand new town created nearly 40 years ago.
The best examples are:
- The Wrekin A local hill and landmark, with the remains of a bronze age fort on it. Found just west of Wellington.
- Ironbridge The place where the industrial revolution started and a World Hertiage Site as a result of the first ever Iron Bridge being built there. There are many museums around Ironbridge centered around the industrial revolution and Coalport china business which are well worth a visit.
- Wellington A pleasant town with an indoor market dating back to 1244. The market is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The National Trust's Sunnycroft house is a good example of how local Victorian gentry lived.
- Cineworld, Town Centre - This is the largest cinema in Telford, and can be located in the new Southwater section along with new restaurants & a Premier Inn
- ODEON Cinema, Town Centre - This can be found on the other side of the town centre to Cineworld, near where the old ASDA used to be.
- There is an ice rink near Cineworld (in southwater)
- Past the ice rink, there is a bowling alley with a small bar, pool tables and a video games arcade.
- Keep an eye out for conventions happening at The International Centre, these can be quite large events that make for a good day out. An example is the yearly Comic-Con.
- The Telford AFC's pitch can be found next to the Whitehouse Hotel, in Wellington. Live football is regularly played here, and is quite inexpensive to go and spectate.
Telford Town Centre is the commercial centre of the town and is home to the largest indoor shopping centre in Shropshire.
- Frankie & Benny's, The Forge Retail Park, Telford
- The Clock Tower, Donnington Wood Way, Telford
- Café Giardino, Sherwood Row, Telford Shopping Centre
- The Fox, Chetwynd Aston, Newport
There are numerous new restaurants in the newly renovated Southwater section of the town centre:
- Pizza Express
- The Harvester
- Bella Italia
- COAL Bar & Grill
- International Hotel Telford, St. Quentin Gate, ☎ 01952 521600, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:45. With 101 well appointed bedrooms over 4 floors, the hotel is the ideal venue for both business and leisure guests and can comfortably accommodate individuals or families seeking a low-cost break in Shropshire. There are connecting rooms for families, business rooms for the professional traveller and fully accessible rooms for those who need them. The hotel also offers two full service restaurants and bars, a fully equipped gym and swimming pool on-site. The service from the professional and friendly staff is attentive yet 'unstuffy', blending traditional manners with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. With excellent relationships with many local companies, many of the guests also attend large functions and conferences at the adjacent Telford International Centre, so the demographic blend is wide-ranging and sometimes eclectic. At the end of a successful day, the lively and convivial bar is always open to residents, their guests, as well as non-residents. Doubles: £45. edit
- Grays Hotel and Conference Centre (Grays Hotel), Forge Gate,, ☎ 01952 425 000, . checkin: 14:00 hrs; checkout: 11:45 hrs. £55. edit
- Holiday Inn Telford / Ironbridge (Holiday Inn Telford), St Quentin Gate, ☎ 01952 527 000, . checkin: 14:00 hrs; checkout: 11:45 hrs. from £75. edit
- Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel, Castlefields Way, Madeley (From the M54 exit at Junction 4 and take the second exit at the roundabout and proceed along the A464 to Telford (not Shifnal). At the next roundabout take the second exit and follow to Randlay Interchange Roundabout. Take the First Exit - the slip road will lead you down onto the A442 dual carriageway. Continue on this road (do not turn off for Madeley / Kidderminster A442) until it narrows into a single lane (A4169). Follow this to the Castlefields Roundabout and take the very first exit - B4373 - the hotel drive is located about 200 yards on the left.), ☎ 01952 680 068, . The Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel is a 16th Century Manor House steeped in history offering both the facilities of a modern hotel and the ambience of a beautiful Manor House in countryside surroundings. From 41.30. edit
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.