Hawkstone Park Follies
near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Average time spent – 3-4+ hours.
Things to do Hawkstone Park Follies review
Hawsktone Park Follies in Weston-Under-Redcastle near Shrewsbury is one of the first and most original tourist attractions in the UK. After almost a Century of neglect, this magical Georgian attraction was lovingly restored and reopened in 1993.
It is 100 acres of extraordinary follies, around every corner is a fantasy landscape full of bridges, towers, cliffs, crags, caves, walkways and deep woods waiting to be explored. It takes at least 3 hours to see and experience it all with many steps, ascents and descents but it is more than worth the effort.
There is a relatively new enchanted trail with clues to find along the way. There’s also den building, giant telephones and trolls hiding behind rocks. Children can collect leaves and ingredients for a magical spell that culminates in finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
You can climb to the top of the monument with 150 steps and amazing views from the top. There’s an enchanting hermitage, the Swiss bridge with is a thin rustic wooden bridge perched over a deep chasm. Plus a dark and mysterious tunnel which leads into Grotto hill with is thought to have originated from a 5th-Century copper mine. There’s a series of caves and passages that lead to a Grotto labyrinth that is a sight to behold. Decent footwear is essential.
Eating – There is a glasshouse tearoom on-site with stunning views, they sell hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – 100 acres of extraordinary follies including towers, cliffs, crags, caves, walkways and woods. Plus a trail for kids with den building, giant telephones, trolls and spells. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *Cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap – Just over £8 for an adult and just under £6 for a child. Children under 3 years old are free.
Opening: Hawkstone park follies is open from mid February until early November. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Information on accessibility – Due to the terrain the follies are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Address: Weston-under-Redcastle, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5JY, Shropshire, England. Phone: 01948 841777
Category – Great outdoors, suitable for all ages although smaller children would need to be carried in a sling as the terrain is rough going for little legs.
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