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“A lovely day in beautiful surroundings”

Hawkstone Park Follies
Ranked #5 of 79 things to do in Shrewsbury
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A lovely day in beautiful surroundings”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We spent the day at Hawkstone Park Follies yesterday as a family group of 9 aged from 65 to 11. We all had a really lovely day.
After reading some of the reviews on here I was a bit concerned that the terrain may be a bit challenging and that the complete the whole walk would take us a very long time. However we were all pleasantly surprised. The terrain was fine - any steep inclines were stepped (although at times we felt maybe the slope would have been easier to negotiate than the very large steps). The views from the top of the walkway areas were fantastic. I was nervous about the Swiss bridge as I do not like heights and from pictures I had seen it looked quite long, but it took a matter of seconds to (quickly) walk across and I was soon safely on the other side - I'm afraid I didn't pause to admire the view here!
We did find the signs confusing at times and weren't sure which was to go as we walked into the park to make sure that we saw everything there was to see - and the printed map offered in the shop really wasn't much help at all - we are seasoned hikers and used to using a "proper" OS map to navigate by, so an illustrated map with strange pictures and windy yellow pathways wasn't much help in aiding our exploration!
We were delighted to find the ice cream shop at the top was open as a lot of reviewers on here had been disappointed to find it wasn't. however I will agree with a lot of reviewers in that the toilets good do with some TLC, and toilet paper!!
We found deals on ticket prices on Travelzoo website (similar can be found on Groupon) offering nearly half price deals which we used - I think the full entrance price is very steep when you consider the amount of beautiful countryside this country has to offer for free.
We probably would visit again (but only if we could get a bargain deal!)

Visited August 2014
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“Great fun”
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

This is the second time we have been to hawkstone park and again we had a fantastic but tiring day. Some level of fitness is advantages. Take snacks to eat on the way round as you will use uplots of energy.Will definitely be going back.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
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“brilliant day out”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

visited Hawkstone Park yesterday with our 2 grandchildren. We all had a brilliant time although it can be quite strenuous at times. The girls completed the trail and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. We took a picnic, there are plenty of places to eat. We would certainly recommend the Park to friends and family it was a lovely day out.

Visited August 2014
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shropshire
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71 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely day out”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Had a great day out here. The scenery is lovely and there are lots of paths winding through trees, children love it. We walked up the tower for fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. There are picnic tables in some areas and I would suggest taking a picnic with you as the entrance and cafe is quite a long way from the far side of the follies. Take torches for the caves, and fun for children. I would say that apart from the first green field with picnic tables, it is not suitable for pushchairs or anyone who may be unsteady walking, lots of steps and uneven paths. A really nice un commercialised family day out.

Visited July 2014
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Telford, United Kingdom
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“Great Craic”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

The Follies is one of the better themed walks , and ranks up there with Arizona and the Azores .
Our family ranging in age from 7 to 60 were consistently enthralled by the rock formations and glorious views across the Shropshire countryside .

Visited August 2014
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