Acton Burnell Castle

Aerial view of Acton Burnell Castle ruins alongside 13th century medieval St Mary's Church set amongst a rich planting of trees
The interior of Acton Burnell Castle and a tree
The interior of Acton Burnell Castle

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours

Address:

Acton Burnell, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 7PE

Before You Go

We are sorry to announce that Acton Burnell Castle is currently closed due to damaged trees caused by the high winds. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Tucked away in a quiet part of Shropshire is the graceful red sandstone shell of Acton Burnell Castle. It was built between 1284 and 1293 by Bishop Burnell, Edward I's Lord Chancellor, and Parliaments were held here twice, in 1283 and 1285. By 1420, the castle was abandoned, and it was allowed to decay while a new house, Acton Burnell Hall, was built beside it. Nonetheless, the castle remains an impressive example of a medieval fortified manor house.

Read more about the history of Acton Burnell Castle.

Before You Go

Opening Times: Open during any reasonable daylight hours. Please note the adjacent college closes the gates to the access road at dusk each day.

Access: From the car park the castle can be reached through a gate leading to a short wooded walk, which then opens out on a flat grassed site.

Parking: There is parking for five cars and one minibus at the entrance to the site.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Plan a Great Day Out

If you want to make a day of it, nearby Langley Chapel is a short scenic drive from Acton Burnell Castle, and Wroxeter Roman City is also nearby. It was once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, and today it offers a fascinating glimpse into urban life 2,000 years ago.

The unforgettably picturesque Stokesay Castle is about 17 miles away. It is the finest and best-preserved medieval fortified manor house in England. An audio tour helps you to imagine Stokesay as a centre of medieval life, and the tearoom serves a delicious range of light savoury snacks, homemade cakes and cream teas.

 

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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