Stokesay Castle

Things To See and Do

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.

    If you are a Member and wish to book, your ticket is still free.

    Your booking is for the site/event only and does not guarantee a car parking space, which may carry an additional charge.

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning, using screens and wearing face coverings, and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations on site. You are now legally required to wear a face covering in all our indoor public places, including our visitor centres, shops, and in our cafes except when you are eating or drinking (unless exempt).

    You can also help us keep you and other visitors safe by not visiting if you have symptoms, tested positive, or have been asked to self-isolate.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe by clicking below.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings are now legally required in all our indoor public places, including our visitor centres, shops, and in our cafes except when you are eating or drinking (unless exempt). 

  • Do I need a Covid Pass?

    No, you don’t need a COVID Pass to visit. Please don’t visit if you have symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive or if you’ve been asked to self-isolate. We’ll always follow the latest government guidance, and if anything changes we’ll update this page to let you know.

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.

The Solar

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.

The Gatehouse

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

With idyllic views of the Shropshire Hills, our tearoom offers a range of sandwiches, light bites, cakes and bakes – featuring local and seasonal produce. After a busy day exploring Stokesay, take some time out and get a real taste of the area, with recipes inspired by traditional Shropshire fare. The tearoom's log burner gives it a cosy cottage feel and there's plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the summer sunshine. 

If you're planning a group visit Stokesay's tearoom, we would be very grateful if you can let us know in advance.

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 also enjoy our new family trail, based on the local legend that the hills either side of Stokesay Castle are giants who've lost the keys to their treasure chest. Can you find the lost key?

Brand new displays bring the castle's history to life, with each room using furniture and objects to tell the story of Stokesay's past residents

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.

Plan your visit to Stokesay Castle today.

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