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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is possibly the best introduction to the Shropshire Hills AONB. It is a particularly good for kids and can be combined with a visit to Stokesay Castle. Learn about the unique landscape and history of the area in the ‘Shropshire Through Time’ exhibition. 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 Billy Postlethwaite, who’s father Pete lived in Bishops Castle. There is also a cafe and gift shop which has an excellent range of local interest books and maps. From the centre there are several excellent and well signposted walks including the ‘Wart Hill Wanderer’, the ‘Norton Camp Climb’ which ascends steeply to an old iron age hill fort and ‘Stokesay Walks’. 

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is surrounded by ‘Onny Meadows’, a 30 acre site that runs alongside the beautiful river Onny and is being gradually being ecologically restored. Its officially recognised Dragonfly Hotspot is not to be missed in the summer when these magnificent insects are in flight.

The centre also runs lots of events and courses including cinema screenings in it’s fantastic panoramic digital cinema, as well as being the base for ‘Grow, Cook and Learn’ which aims to connect people with the food, landscape and history of the Shropshire Hills.