Life in Shropshire

“ At first glance Shropshire is full of contradictions – birthplace of the Industrial Revolution yet it’s an unspoilt rural idyll. Two of the most beautiful medieval towns in England, yet one gave birth to every skyscraper in the world (not forgetting one of the greatest thinkers of all time, Charles Darwin). The other set the pace for the country’s Slow Food movement – if that in itself isn’t a contradiction. And a small market town became the very inspiration for the modern Olympics.”

Shropshire Tourism


The nearest town to Harper Adams, Newport is a thriving market town dating back to the 12th century.

Its distinctively wide main street is home to independent and high street shops, picturesque cobbled streets, award winning floral displays, a wide range of cafes and restaurants, supermarkets and utilities.


Telford is one of the UK’s fastest growing and most successful new towns, yet its roots stretch back for hundreds of years and you will find plenty of local history in its thriving market towns.

At its heart, in the modern town centre, is the ultramodern Southwater development featuring a state of the art library, IMAX cinema, ice rink, ten pin bowling, Mecca bingo and Telford Town Park with its 162 hectares of green space, numerous play areas and its aerial ropes and mini golf adventure course. Its many restaurants and café bars offer a selection of cuisines from around the world including rustic and traditional English, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese and Mexican. The Place theatre, in Oakengates, has a packed programme of shows and events.


The county town of Stafford, Staffordshire is well served by rail and road.

Its shopping centre features a variety of high street and independent shops, an art gallery, museum in the Ancient High House, cafes, bars, restaurants, cinema, theatre, and an attractive park. Within a short drive of the town you can explore its castle, marina, Trentham Estate’s gardens and Monkey Forest, Uttoxeter racecourse, Shugborough stately home, and the bike trails and woodland walks of Cannock Chase.

Harper Adams campus is close to a range of cities and towns.

By car:

  • Birmingham:  56 minutes
  • Wolverhampton: 37 minutes
  • Stafford: 30 minutes
  • Telford: 17 minutes


Find us

Harper Adams University is located just outside Newport in Shropshire.