Stokesay Castle - English Heritage

Stokesay Castle - English Heritage
Craven Arms



01588 672544

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An exterior view of Stokesay Castle
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Stokesay Castle is the finest and best preserved 13th-century fortified manor house in England. It offers visitors a unique glimpse into a distant age, when strength and elegance were combined.

Set amid peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, Stokesay Castle forms an outstandingly picturesque group with its timber-framed gatehouse and the parish church.

An audio tour will help you to imagine Stokesay as the centre of medieval life. Its grounds include cottage-style gardens, a tearoom open from April to October, and a gift shop.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-5pm daily / 1 Oct - 1 Nov 10am-5pm Wed-Sun / 2 Nov-28 Feb 10am-4pm Thu-Sun / 1-31 Mar 10am-5pm Wed-Sun / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan / Please note : castle may close early for functions. Please call to check

Admission charges



  • English Heritage
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The Merchant of Venice

  • 29 August 2014 From 7:30pm

Professional outdoor touring theatre company Rain or Shine are set to delight family audiences once again this summer with their production of Shakespeare's classic comedy - The Merchant Of Venice. Antonio, a young man, pledges a pound of his own flesh to a moneylender, Shylock, so a friend can woo his lady-love in style. Antonio learns a hard lesson in loyalty, humanity, friendship and prejudice when the revenge-seeking Shylock comes to collect and he is unable to pay. From the merchants, who trade and barter on the Rialto, to a young Venetian's choice of a metal casket in Belmont, which could win him the hand of an heiress, Shakespeare weaves a web of romantic intrigue, cunning duplicity and comical foolery. Suitable for family audiences from 6 to 106.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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Weave a Web of Tales at Stokesay Discovery Visit

The building of Stokesay Castle was funded by riches from the local wool trade. Then the fortified house evolved, expanded and changed through the years. Local storyteller Sally Tonge takes you on a “story walk” through the castle, spinning yarns of textiles, cloths and treasures and undressing layers of history that shroud this fascinating site. Explore the notion of shifting history by sharing stories, imaginations and local folklore.
Duartion: 1 hour
Key Stage: 1, 2, History, Literacy

How to obtain

Call 0121 625 6864 to book a 1 hour tour, available June 15–19 2009. Price £75 per group. Visit for more information.