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Telford is a large new town in the borough of Telford and Wrekin in the county of Shropshire, situated in the West Midlands of the UK. It is 13 miles away from the historic city of Shrewsbury, the birthplace of Charles Darwin and 30 miles away from Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.

 Telford is named after civil engineer Thomas Telford, who engineered many road and rail projects in Shropshire.

 The town was put together in the 1960s and 1970s as a new town on previously industrial and agricultural land and smaller mining towns and villages. Like other planned towns of the era, Telford was created from the merger of other, smaller settlements, most notably the towns of Wellington, Oakengates, Madeley and Dawley.


Around the campus - friendly and cosmopolitan

  • The modern campus is set in the grounds of the Grade II listed, 18th century mansion Priorslee Hall
  • Home to many international students
  • The halls of residence offer almost 500 en-suite rooms for students with wireless Internet access plus CCTV and 24-hour security staff surveillance
  • Grab a bite to eat at the food court or a coffee at Costa and relax at the Students' Union
  • Burn some calories at the floodlit football pitch , tennis or basketball courts


Around town

  • Just 10 minutes away on the bus is Telford town centre
  • There's a large, modern shopping centre, featuring over 150 shops a cinema complex, restaurants, pubs and clubs
  • Try the bowling alley, ice rink or skiing and snowboarding at one of the UK's only dry ski-slopes
  • Find something cultural, musical or humorous at Oakengates Theatre
  • The 450-acre town centre park is one of the largest town parks in Europe with colourful gardens, nature trails and woodland areas
  • The Wrekin is Telford's 1,334 ft hill with spectacular walks to the summit, and memorable views once there. And there are over 100 kilometres of cycle paths in the area, as well as a network of footpaths for pedestrians
  • Don't miss the world heritage site at Ironbridge, the Severn Gorge, the fully-working Victorian village at Blists Hill and related museums, the parks, castles and abbeys, and the beauty of Shropshire.

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