Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
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Visitor CentresSpeciality Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
As the gateway to the Shropshire Hills, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is all about exploring nature and we have lots of walks and trails for you to enjoy with guided walks starting at the Discovery Centre. Drop into our licensed café for frothy coffees, homemade cakes, local lunches and Shropshire Cream Teas. We also serve up amazing Sunday lunches to.
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  • Lorna
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun at Craven Arms, but beware the Mammoth !
    The Discovery Centre is informative and fun. We will be going back as we only paid a brief visit. The shop is full of quality items for all generations, and books about the locality and environment. I would have loved this as a child. Something to look forward to.
    Thank you for visiting and for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
    Written 9 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Judith H
    Leicester, United Kingdom201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting afternoon.
    Very interesting insight into the history, archeology and geology of the area. Extensive displays, aeriel film of the area, children's activities, large gift shop and cafe and toilets. Footpaths through 30 acres of surrounding meadows and outdoor play area. Small entrance fee to exhibition area and voluntary £1 contribution for car park. Well worth a visit.
    Thank you for visiting and for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon.
    Written 9 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • janeysu
    Marseille, France97 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid the food! Otherwise good place
    Lovely walks with good stone paths so even when wet plenty of options. Brilliant for dog walks. The centre is a fun place for children and the shop has a excellent selection of gifts, books and cards. The restaurant is good for ice cream, tea, cakes and scones... BUT the cooked food is pretty poor. I have complained about a chicken salad in the past! But today I risked the full breakfast. I mean, how can you go wrong with that? Wrong it was. I only ate the egg. The rest was inedible. However, when I returned my plate I was told by the "chef" that I was wrong. Believe me I was not. So many good places for breakfast. This us NOT one! Coffee is from an auto machine so not even a decent cappuccino on offer. This is an honest opinion. Hopefully improvements will be made. Visit the centre by all means but NOT for breakfast or lunch. Afternoon tea maybe your best option!
    Thank you for visiting and for your review. We are sorry to hear your feedback of our food. We will pass on your comments to the cafe team and we hope you will consider trying it again.
    Written 9 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • NickiC369
    Birmingham, United Kingdom122 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit
    We had booked a table for Sunday lunch here, and thought we would make a day of it. Really good quality food, nice walk around the nearby woodland and an interesting visit to the exhibition. Would definitely come again if in the area
    Thank you for visiting and for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time here and we hope to see you again soon.
    Written 9 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 February 2024
  • AGD55
    Farnham, United Kingdom50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little exhibit.
    Compact little exhibition giving a good if brief overview of the history of the area. The 12 minute widescreen film is excellent, essentially an ariel tour of the Shropshire Hills. Stuff to do for small people. Good for passing maybe an hour. Helpful staff and handy for the bust stop.
    Thank you for visiting and for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time here and we hope to see you again soon.
    Written 9 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2024
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Joanne W
Lingfield, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We decided to pop along to this on a day when the weather was not being so kind. And what a lovely surprise. The exhibition is fascinating and the video really interesting. It has made us want to come back and explore more of Shropshire. The cafe was super and is obviously well used by locals. And, despite the rain, we still ventured out for a walk across the meadow areas and by the river. A super space which is probably even better in the sunshine. I would highly recommend anyone visiting to pop along - for a walk, a cup of tea and/or a browse around the shop. We were made to feel very welcome. And, where else would you see a sign that says - Cafe, Shop, Mammoth.........?!!?
Written 7 April 2023
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Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.
Written 8 August 2023
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lgreen9
Northampton, UK600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We were looking forward to seeing the mammoth so popped in here. Got a voucher off groupon. There is a great gift shop, cafe and benches outside two children's play area, wonderful areas to walk.

Museum was interactive and it was great not to worry about what the children were touching. They enjoyed crayon scrapping pictures of the mommouth, and touching the wall to find out answers.

Great spot to stop into.

We also visited stokesay castle as it was 2 minutes drive away.
Written 4 April 2023
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Written 8 August 2023
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Adele D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Fabulous place with walks, playground, lovely cafe, tiny soft play area to amuse very young kids while you have a coffee and a lovely exhibition with lots of brass rubbings and craft for the kids to do. Worth getting membership if live in Shropshire. School holiday activities are always brilliant. Has a really nice gift shop. Staff really friendly. My six year old wants to go on a very regular basis!
Written 24 February 2023
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Written 8 August 2023
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Visited with our 4 year old grandson using a Groupon voucher
Staff friendly. Our grandson loved the little museum but he also enjoyed the outdoors. The obstacle course was fun as were the walks
Will definitely return later in the year and do some of the longer walks
Cafe VERY busy. We just had drinks and a delicious piece of cake as we had taken our own picnic
Highly recommend
Written 22 February 2023
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Written 8 August 2023
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Heather S
Nottingham, UK194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Plenty of parking. Good selection of books (incl. local walks books, OS maps, etc), bookmarks, postcards, birthday cards, etc.
Cafe did a good lunch, maybe not the cheapest, but really tasty and quite filling. We both had jacket potatoes which were good, and came with a colourful and tasty side-salad.
Walked from there to Stolkssy Castle, which is excellent, and from there through the woods, a good afternoon out. We were hoping to finish with a meal at the pub next door, but that wasn't serving food, so we went for a curry a few mins walk away instead.
Written 22 February 2023
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Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed our Centre and neighbours and we hope to see you again.
Written 8 August 2023
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Jane C
Craven Arms, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Always a great place to visit to go for a walk in the meadows, do a bit of gift shopping and have a brew and some food.
Great place to meet up with friends or hold an event or attend a workshop
The exhibition is worth a visit and the film of a drone flight over the area is fascinating
Written 4 December 2022
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Written 8 August 2023
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Iain S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Stayed in our motor home on a Brit Stop stop over. Staff very accommodating and the cafe was good value with great coffee.
Superb walks for the dog, pub right outside and Indian, Chinese and fish and chips take always within 5 minutes walk.
Will definitely stay again, big car park and mostly level.
Written 15 November 2022
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Written 8 August 2023
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David R
Newhaven, UK114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
My sister and her partner, with whom we had stayed with for the weekend, recommended this place as a possible lunch stop on our journey back to West Devon from north Wales. I'm glad she did, as after a beautiful trip down the eastern countryside of Wales and back into England, we found the centre easily on the southern outskirts of Craven Arms.
The discovery centre itself was not our main concern, but the exhibitions and information looked very interesting, as did the outside area beyond. The cafe had an adequate range of options for our purposes, and we shared a large Coronation chicken sandwich with generous salad garnish. It appears to be run by a charitable organisation called 'Grow Cook Learn', providing a range of activities to enhance "wellbeing" in the local community.
My partner also spent some time in the shop, whilst I quickly selected a couple of bottles of local beer!
Written 23 October 2022
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Thank you for visiting and for writing your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stop and we hope to see you again when you are passing.
Written 8 August 2023
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Glos. Dog Lover
Cotswolds, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is our favourite 'pit stop' on our way to and from mid Wales. There is easy parking, interesting shopping and an excellent cafe. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly cafe staff and the home made scones are to die for! Full marks.

Dog owners must sit outside and we were interested to watch a party of young schoolchildren on an 'adventure' visit. The teacher was truly inspirational.

Fortunately the weather remained fine on both visits but it would be helpful if a small area indoors could be made available to the increasing number of dog owners visiting the centre. It would be good for business too!

Highly recommended.
Written 16 July 2022
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Thank you for visiting and for your review. Thank you for your feedback with regards dogs in the Centre. We certainly have development plans to incorporate a muddy boots and paws area to the Cafe. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon.
Written 21 July 2022
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blt100
East Midlands, UK306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Such a lovely place for a family day out. The exhibition was well set out and the activity leaflet encouraged the children to read the information boards. It was lovely to walk around the meadows. There was lots to see including watching water birds from behind a screen. There was a play area too. Lunch from the cafe was excellent- freshly made and prompt service. We would happily return as there is more to explore.
Written 3 June 2022
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Written 21 July 2022
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