Shropshire Hills & Ludlow


Craven Arms

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Craven Arms

Discover the Shropshire Hills and Stokesay Castle at Craven Arms

Historical Stokesay Castle near Craven Arms

Craven Arms in Shropshire is much more than just a pub name!

Visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms where you can meet the Shropshire Mammoth, explore the 30 acres of riverside meadows and relax in the award winning café. In the new and improved Shropshire  Hills Through Time, your journey will start with the mammoth and continues through the ages to the present day with a brand new panoramic film over the Shropshire Hills’ stunning landscape. The café makes traditional home-cooked food, made using local produce, and there’s also gift shop, gallery, craft room, function rooms and plenty of events and activities throughout the year.

Try Geocaching in Craven Arms – a day out on a hi-tech treasure hunt through the Shropshire Hills. Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will supply you with everything you need to follow one of their themed trails. The Discovery Centre backs on to the 30 acre Onny Meadows, which includes riverside paths, wildflowers and woodland. Alternatively you can follow a waymarked walk into the Shropshire countryside.

Stokesay Castle, nr Craven ArmsStokesay Castle in Craven Arms has been described as the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Take an audio tour around the Castle, visit the shop, and a stroll around the moat walk. Or book a guided tour around Stokesay Court, location for the film Atonement.

The Land of Lost Content (The National Museum of Popular British Culture) is also in Craven Arms; a shrine to the British way of life from the Victorians through the twentieth century, all contained in three floors of the Old Market Hall. Craven Arms is on the A49 Shrewsbury to Ludlow road, so this traditional market town, its unique attractions and Craven Arms accommodation are easy to find.

Craven Arms Visitor Information

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and visitor information.

Stokesay Castle

Land of Lost Content –

Mickey Miller’s Playbarn & Crazy Maize Maze

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Wednesday is traditionally early closing day.

Walking from Craven Arms

There are six Discovery Walks leaflets to explore some of the countryside immediately around the Discovery Centre. There is some incredible countryside waiting for you whether it’s an easy ramble through the meadows, or a full day through the hills and dales

The walks vary in length and difficulty so there is something for everyone. Please note that all the walks were re-routed in 2017. You can purchase them from the Discovery Centre for £1 each or a pack of all 6 for £5.

You can find four of the walks online – Riverside Ramble, Wart Hill Wander, Hills & Dales Hike, Three Woods Walk as well as a number of  cycle routes.  There are leaflets available from the Discovery Centre including a gentle walk around Onny Meadow. Some seasonal  guided walks are offered for which advance booking on Tel: 01588 676060 is recommended.

Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty –

For more information about Shropshire walking visit Shropshire’s Great Outdoors.

Follow the links for information on Craven Arms  Accommodation, and Attractions . For wider South Shropshire information visit the home page.

Craven Arms Key Events

Children’s Activities
During school holidays, there are lots of activities for children to enjoy at the Discovery Centre.  For wet days or just to let them play, then Micky Miller’s Playbarn is great fun.  Or look further afield for Family Fun

Heritage Open Days
September – a chance to explore local heritage sites for free.