Our easy guide to living in Telford

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Telford is one of the largest towns in Shropshire. It’s neighbouring towns and cities are Shrewsbury, Stafford, Wolverhampton, and Birmingham, making it popular with commuters.

The town is a hive of activity and has something for everyone.

The River Severn meanders through Telford, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, and Coalport. Take a walk beside the river and take in the beautiful scenery.

Telford is named after Civil Engineer Thomas Telford who had engineered several different projects including roads and canals particularly in Shropshire as well as architecture, and a number of infrastructure projects across the UK. Telford was also responsible for the merging of the existing smaller towns of Wellington, Dawley, Madeley, and Oakengates which are areas that still make up the modern town today.

Best places to live in Telford

Admaston: Admaston is a village on the outskirts of North Wellington, Telford. It has a real mix of properties from Victorian style builds, 1970s semi-detached houses and new homes. It has a great sense of community and a wide range of amenities.

There’s a popular local pub, The Pheasant, with outside seating and a playground to keep the little ones entertained. It’s got a wonderful selection of dishes and drinks.

An excellent selection of local primary schools can be found in the neighbouring villages of Bratton and Dothill a short walk from Admaston, graded as ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Good’ in the most recent Ofsted reports. Secondary education is a short drive or 30-minute walk in Wellington with the choice of the Charlton School, which has recently become an Academy or the Wrekin College, which is an independent co-educational boarding and day school.

The property portal website Rightmove found that properties in Admaston had an overall average price of £364,148 over the last year. The majority of sales in Admaston during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £448,246. Terraced properties sold for an average of £181,875, with flats fetching £85,000.

Dawley: Dawley is on the west side of Telford Town Park and has excellent access to the town centre. Properties in Dawley range from bungalows to minor’s cottages, and family homes.

There are several independent leisure facilities on Dawley’s doorstep and with the likes of The Fitness Factory in the neighbouring village of Horsehay and an Anytime Fitness which is a 5-minute drive in Overdale.

Dawley has a small park with pretty floral displays, a children’s play area, tennis courts, and a bowling green. If you’re looking for green space, there’s also the Telford Town Park only a stone’s throw away.

The average property price in Dawley over the last year is £162,599. The most popular sale in Dawley were semi-detached properties over the last year selling for an average of £155,747. Detached properties saw sale prices of £256,600 on average with terraced homes fetching an average price of £113,667.

Priorslee: Priorslee is a popular area, particularly with families, because of its beautiful lakeside walks, quaint pubs, and excellent commuter links. Properties in this area range from 2-bedroom town houses to large, detached properties.

The Telford Central train station is around a 30-minute walk or short drive from Priorslee with trains departing to Birmingham New Street, taking less than an hour. There’s also easy access to the M54.

There is a local primary and secondary school within the area both presented with a ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Properties within Priorslee had an overall average price of £290,362 over the last year. Most of the properties sold were detached properties selling for £323,874 on average. Semi-detached properties sought £211,843 on average, and terraced properties £196,000.

Things to do in Telford

Exotic Zoo

The Telford Exotic Zoo is a great day out for all the family. The award-winning zoo has recently moved to new premises within the Telford Town Park to accommodate space for guests and animals alike. There’s a great selection of animals from amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles, mini beasts to domestic household pets. There’s even the chance to meet some animals up close in a VIP experience during their enrichment activities and make memories that last a lifetime.

Telford Town Park

Telford Town Park is a local nature reserve nestled in the heart of Telford. There’s a tremendous variety of activities on offer when visiting the park. Set off on a journey throughout the park woodland from the treetops on the Sky Reach high ropes course or brave the Climbing Wall and Quick Jump. Try the Adventure Golf with 12 holes to put your skills to the test, you don’t have to be a professional to take part. Disc Golf is also another activity on offer to test out your frisbee skills.

Beautiful floral displays can also be found at the Telford Town Park with the choice of the Maxwell and Chelsea gardens The Maxwell garden is Japanese inspired and displays flowering cherry trees gifted from Maxwell, a Japanese company based in Telford. The blossom of the cherry trees in spring is outstanding. The Chelsea gardens were originally designed and built to be exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show and has a magnificent musical fountain.

There are also scenic bike routes off-road for 14-miles with cycle friendly pathways perfect for taking in the scenery. You’ll also find an abundance of walking routes, stop off at one of the various restaurants and grab a bite to eat. Take to the ice at the Telford Ice Rink or get lost in your own imagination with hundreds of books at Southwater Library.

Fishing is also popular at the park with the choice of 4 pools to cast your line in.

The park is fully geared up for kids with the choice of the toddlers area and sandpit, rocket slide aimed at children aged 7 and above, the spider’s web and space net, an all-inclusive play area, water play and teenage activity area.

There are also live events from time to time at the park, more details can be found on the park website.

The park has a great range of facilities, you can grab a coffee and a bite to eat, or bring a picnic, there’s also toilet facilities accessible for all on site too.

Rodington Vineyard

Here’s one for the grown-ups! Rodington Vineyard is a small family run award winning Vineyard. Visit the vineyard shop and explore the great selection of wines all of which are produced onsite. There’s also the opportunity to take part in a wine tasting session.

The Wrekin

Take in the magnificent views from this ancient hilltop fortress. It’s been described as one of the best hill walks in Shropshire. On a clear day you can see up to 17 counties from the summit amongst other hill forts. The Wrekin is contained within the northern area of the Shropshire Hills, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it rises to a height of 407 metres. It’s a popular place for walkers locally and visitors to the area.

There’s so much on offer in Telford, with something to suit everyone’s requirements. If you’re interested in moving to the area, look at our property page to see what’s on offer. For more information and advice, get in touch at customerservice@easyproperty.com