Stokesay Castle, English Heritage
Average time spent – 2.5+ hours.
Things to do Stokesay Castle review
Stokesay is a very unique castle to go and visit, but it is perfect for families who love a bit of history. This is a castle that is famous for its yellow gatehouse – something which offers the perfect photo opportunities for families who want to take a snapshot of a memorable moment.
This is probably one of the best preserved 13th-century fortified manor houses in England. It can offer visitors a glimpse into a distant age. You’ve got the gatehouse, medieval hall, north tower and private apartment blocks (which holds a beautiful wooden fireplace as well).
The inner courtyard offers a great insight to what life would have been like in the past. You can easily spend half an hour here taking it all in. There are plenty of details that you can take in at this castle as well – things like the incredible woodwork on the castle (make sure to look for Adam and Eve, an angel and the Stokesay Dragon)!
Once you have explored the inside of the castle, then you can walk around the moat of the castle to truly appreciate the sheer size of this place. You can also wander to the church nearby. It is a small place to explore, but very intriguing.
If you would like to extend your adventure further, then there are a few walks that you can also do from the castle. Depending on how far you can walk, you can enjoy the Stokesay Stroll (which goes along the river Onny, across the A49 and back), or if you prefer a slightly longer walk you can enjoy the Stokesay and Sallow Coppice Walk (which takes you into Stoke Wood and Sallow Coppice).
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Important Information Stokesay Castle
Eating – There is a tearoom (which is adjacent to the car park), which serves delicious lunches and cakes, with beautiful views over the Shropshire Countryside.
Facilities in brief – Outdoors – A few walks on different paths and castle courtyard. Indoors – Explore the 700-year-old castle and enjoy the history that this castle offers. There are toilets and a tearoom.
Entry price – *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range. An adult ticket is £9.00 without donation and £5.40 for a child 5-17, under 5’s are free. Other pricing options are available. Parking is £3 or free to English Heritage members.
Opening: Stokesay Castle is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere. Pet dogs are allowed on a lead outside.
Address: Ludlow Rd, Craven Arms SY7 9AH, Shropshire, England. Phone: 0370 333 1181
With thanks to Isobel from Castles and Turrets. Read her full review for Stokesay Castle.
Category – Castle – Indoor and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
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