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Welcome to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Open to schools for education sessions from 8 March

We remain closed to the general public until further notice

With Shropshire in tier 5, the Discovery Centre will have to close until the restrictions are eased.

If you wish to contact us please email, phone messages will not be picked up regularly.

We are so very sad to be closing our doors for the third time, but this is the only way this awful virus can be conquered.

Our car park & meadows remain open and we ask that if you live locally, you enjoy them responsibly.

We would like to send out our best wishes to everyone who has been affected by the pandemic.

The vaccine brings hope of an end to this, but until then please stay safe and stick to the rules. Thank you.

We have been awarded the industry standard mark We’re Good To Go by Visit England.

Meet our Mammoth, enjoy our exhibition and explore our 30 acre meadow!

We are based in the stunning Shropshire Hills, on the side of the A49 in Craven Arms. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, we are the perfect place to begin your exploration of the area.

EXPERIENCE the Shropshire Hills Through Time exhibition. From start to finish, use all of your senses to explore the Ice Age through to the present day.

RELAX in our award winning café. With homemade cakes, local lunches and Shropshire cream teas, our café offers a true taste of the Shropshire landscape. Our menus and specials of the day are all prepared from scratch, on site and our Sunday lunches are a firm favourite.

EXPLORE our 30 acres of riverside Meadows. Walk and cycle through our trees, past our dragonfly and butterfly hotspots and along our River Onny. Enjoy our all ability access paths, perfect for wheelchairs and pushchairs so everyone can enjoy being in the great outdoors. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the meadows so you can enjoy your picnic or food from the café on our benches.

DISCOVER with our visitor information service. Our friendly team are on hand to answer your questions and advise you on the best places to explore the area.

LOVE our unique range of gifts and treats in our shop. Get that perfect gift as you take home a little bit of Shropshire. With an extensive range of books and maps, start your walk from here or explore local sites. Maybe you fancy a book on the area or you need to get those souvenirs from your trip? We have something for everyone and all occasions.

PLAN your group visit, coaches are always welcome!

Run by local charity, Grow Cook Learn, we are committed to connecting people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills from our base in the heart of the Craven Arms community.

Our mission is to continue developing our Centre as a vibrant visitor attraction, a haven for wildlife and a resource for local residents.

We rely on donations alongside the income from our café, exhibition and shop to keep the Centre open for everyone to enjoy and to continue delivering our charitable aims. To donate to our cause, click here.

The Centre is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm.

For all enquiries, please contact us.

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