Discover the Shropshire Hills and Stokesay Castle at 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 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
Stokesay Castle – www.english-heritage.org.uk or Tel: 01588 672544
Mickey Miller’s Playbarn & Crazy Maize Maze – www.mickeymillers.com or Tel: 01588 640403
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm – www.actonscottmuseum.co.uk or Tel: 01694 781306/781307
Wednesday is traditionally early closing day.
Passport – Look out for this discount voucher at participating attractions.
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 – www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk
For more information about Shropshire walking visit Shropshire’s Great Outdoors.
Craven Arms Key Events
During school holidays, there are lots of activities for children to enjoy at the Discovery Centre. For more information and to book, please call 01588 676010. For wet days (we have one or two) or just to let them play, then Micky Miller’s Playbarn is great fun. Or look further afield for Family Fun
September – outdoor arty extravaganza around the town.
Heritage Open Days
September – a chance to explore local heritage sites for free.