Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
Possibly the best introduction to the Shropshire Hills AONB. Learn about the unique landscape and history of the area in the Visitor Information Centre. They have a replica of what is most likely the oldest Wooly Mammoth skeleton found in the UK, found at Condover. There is a spectacular panoramic film of the hills narrated by actor Pete Postlethwaite, who lived in Bishops Castle. There is also a Cafe and Gift shop. From the centre there are several excellent and well signposted walks. Great for kids.
This captivating fortified manor house is set in a stunning location in the Only river valley between Craven Arms and Ludlow. Built by wool trader Laurence of Ludlow in the 13th century, Stokesay is the best preserved medieval castle in the country.
Fascinating working farm that was the setting of BBC2’s ‘Victorian Farm’, a trip Acton Scott is a fantastic family day out. There are daily demonstrations of period skills and the kids will love the animals including horses, cows, pigs and goats. Open from the 8th of April till the 29th of October.
Just outside Much Wenlock, a host of activities are offered including Segway, Junior Quad Biking trek, Mountain Boarding, Sniper shooting, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Jacobs Ladder and Zip wire.
Built by Benjamin Flounders in 1841 on top of Callow Hill, this 80ft high tower has changed owners several times (at one stage the actor Julie Christie held the deeds) but is now in the safe hands of the Flounders Folly Trust, which restored it and reopened it to the public in 2004. You can climb Callow Hill and sound underneath this imposing monolith anytime you like, but it is also open once a month for visitors to climb the 78 stairs for commanding views of the Malverns, the Black Mountains and beyond.