Things to see and do
The Great Hall
Step back in time in Stokesay's great hall, unchanged for more than 700 years. The fine timber roof and staircase with treads cut from whole tree trunks, all show the same carpenters' mark from 1291. Gaze through the huge shuttered gable windows which let light flood in and frame stunning views of the Shropshire countryside.
The North Tower
Explore the north tower which stands to one side of the great hall. The original medieval tiled floor and remains of a wall painting inside, provide a glimpse into Stokesay's past life as a home.
Inside the solar, or private apartment block, you will discover a beautifully ornate overmantel carved with fruit, flowers and figures. Once brightly coloured it still has traces of the original red, green and gold paint. The two-storey solar has one of the few post-medieval alterations to the castle, having been refashioned in the 17th century into a fine panelled chamber.
The South Tower
Stokesay's tall south tower is the most castle-like part of the site, self-contained and reached by a defensible stairway. The shape of the tower, a lobed octagon, is cunningly designed so that from the outside it looks like a fortified gatehouse. The tower is testament to the sophisticated tastes of Laurence of Ludlow, the man who created Stokesay Castle.
As you walk through the 17th century, timber-framed gatehouse into Stokesay, take a moment to admire the beautifully ornate carvings in its frame. Look closely and see if you can spot Adam and Eve, an angel, and the Stokesay dragon.
Refuel and Relax
Nestled in the castle grounds, with picturesque views of the surrounding countryside, Stokesay's tearoom offers a delicious range of light savoury snacks, homemade cakes and cream teas. It is the perfect peaceful spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea.
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Make the Most of your Visit
Pick up our free audio tour and imagine Stokesay in its heyday, as a bustling centre of medieval life. Young visitors can enjoy our free kids' activity sheet - can you spot the dragon carved onto the Gatehouse? How many window shapes can you see? Print it off before your visit and start exploring!
Before you leave, take a moment to visit the Church of St John the Baptist, which is next to the castle. In its oldest parts, notably its Norman south door, this peaceful, pretty church pre-dates the castle. Its interior is a rare example of an Anglican church that has retained its mid-17th-century fittings.
Heritage inspired shopping
Browse heritage-inspired gifts, traditional children's toys and souvenirs. Sample our selection of wines, chutneys and jams or pick up information on castle events and other English Heritage properties. You can also shop online before or after your visit.
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