Tierp, Uppland, Exploring Sweden

Tierp, Uppland – Exploring Sweden

Tierp is a railway town in the northern parts of Uppsala County and the historical province of Uppland. It is today classified as a locality and has a population of around 6200 inhabitants. Companies that are active here include Atlas Copco and Tierp Järnbruk. Tierp Järnbruk, the ironworks, is famous around Sweden for its manhole covers, which is the reason why the name is visible on the ground in many Swedish towns and villages.

A Short History of Tierp

The railway arrived in the Tierp Parish in 1874 and a station opened about six kilometers from the parish church. A settlement grew around the new station and the railway town of Tierp was soon established. The town was originally established on the lands of the small village of Bäggeby. Later expansions have incorporated other villages such as Åskarby and Svanby.

The population was at the beginning of the 20th century around 280 inhabitants. The town did, however, grow fast and was soon the largest town in the northern part of Uppsala County. That doesn’t mean it’s particularly big.

Things to Do and See

There are many towns with especially ironworks around Tierp, for example, Strömsberg and Karlholmsbruk. In regards to the locality itself, there is a center around the railway station with shops and restaurants. One of the more prominent buildings here is the old station building, which today houses different businesses. There are also areas for physical activities.


Vegavallen is the sports center in Tierp. This is where the ice rink, as well as the fields for football and track and field, are. This is also the center for the different walking and running trails in the area. For kids, there is also an obstacle course and a story-themed walking path.


Aspenbadet is the local indoor swimming pool. It has a 25-meter long pool for swimming as well two smaller pools for kids.

How to Get to Tierp

  • Flights: The closest major airport is Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, 91 kilometers away with both domestic and international flights.
  • Car: Tierp is close to the E4, between Uppsala and Gävle.
  • Bus: Local and regional UL buses connect Tierp with the surrounding region.
  • Train: SJ and Upptåget has trains to and from Gävle, Stockholm, and Uppsala.

The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:

  • Stockholm – 128 kilometers (1 h 20 min)
  • Gothenburg – 525 kilometers (6 h 4 min)
  • Malmö – 736 kilometers (7 h 46 min)
  • Linköping – 323 kilometers (3 h 20 min)
  • Kiruna – 1113 kilometers (13 h 9 min)

Find out more about other destinations in Sweden by visiting our page Exploring Sweden

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