Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

4.3/5 based on 214 reviews
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Loved learning about the mammoth and the history of the beautiful surrounding Shropshire countryside. The film gives a great overview of both the history and beauty of the area. Lots of lovely walks are signposted from here, with a range of distances. We then enjoyed some well priced drinks at the cafe, served by friendly staff. Finally picked up some items for Christmas gifts from the shop, lots of choice and some great value items.
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We went for a walk here which was lovely, however more signage is needed. The cafe is expensive for what you get and staff was OK not very welcoming to be honest.
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Intrigued and lured in by the signage we stopped in on our way from Stokesay to Church Stretton.

Unfortunately this just wasn't for us. The shop and centre weren't especially distracting and the museum appeared closed so perhaps we missed out.

There looked to be plenty of outdoor activity possible so I'd say this place is better suited to young families and/or dogs with loads of energy to run off.

As far as couples' visit - not really something I'd recommend.
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The visitor centre is very nice, very smart and informative. There is a good cafe there too. Well worth a few quid to go and learn about the area's history, geology and archaeological sites. There's a copy of the mammoth skeleton found nearby too, which is very cool. The marked walks were not so impressive, but it was March and the area had recently been subject to heavy rain and floods.
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Visited as a family of 4.
Good free parking facilities. The centre has some great displays and the short film is very interesting.
The shop and cafeteria are well stocked with lots of choices and The staff were very helpful and friendly.
The walk around the riverside meadows was nice with lots of lovely wild flowers blooming. Great day out for all ages.
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Lovely place to spend an hour or two. The weather was terrible so the meadows weren't an option but we will be back!
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Very interesting place with lots of information about the surrounding area. Great cafe, lovely fresh hot & cold food. Friendly staff.
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The walks were great, not too muddy despite the very wet conditions. We found the cafe to be very hot and the tables whilst clear hadn't been cleaned. Guess this is because customers can selfclear, but dispute it being quite quiet the on duty staff hadn't made the effort which was a shame. We had fish and chips but the fish was either stale or over cooked or both. It's a great place to stop and could easily be better.
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We just ate here for a family christmas meal - we all had really lovely food, with good portion sizies and everything was well-cooked. The nut roast was really light, not at all stodgy like they used to be, and slightly spicy.
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This area is so beautiful and the staff at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are so helpful. The displays are very good.
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Lovely meal for three generations with large and tasty portions. Followed by delicious selection of ice creams served in very generous scoops on the cones. Have been many times and always happy to come back.
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While on holiday we visited on to separate days as our daughter wanted to go to the activity that they had put on. Lovely staff and friendly and helpful. We visited again if coming to the area. Plenty for you to do.
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Always an interesting place to visit, we enjoyed really tasty hot lunches in the cafe and even bought some Christmas presents.
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Have been here many times, many months of the year in many scenarios and it’s great. Lovely refectory style dining with a great down to earth menu and with good coffee. The thing that really sets it apart though is the ice cream. Locally made some predictable and some unusual flavours - Orange Swirl has had me making a special trip and that’s from me a take-it-or-leave-it ice cream eater!
The shop is great for gifts and the walks and information about the surroundings are well presented and maintained and all with an eco-friendly building at its heart, well done indeed!
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Called in here briefly. The Mammoth exhibition has an entrance fee and the place gives lots of information on the surrounding area.
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Worth a visit, lovely cafe and good centre Great walks from the centre around the pretty local area.
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What a lovely spot to visit, interesting exhibition, nice shop and fantastic place to eat.
All very friendly staff, will be back!
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Initially thought the centre was child education oriented , not so, pleasant experience, Staff lovely, cafe and food fine, wonderful walks, you only pay for the woolly mammoth exhibition which is good, film was great. Very relaxed place. Considering it is funded by a charity a great experience.
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After a 5-hour hike along the Shropshire Way from Clun, I was disappointed to discover that the café only serves its lunch menu till 2pm. I made do with a small bowl of soup, sitting at one of the few tables that was free of dirty crockery.
However, I do recommend walking around Onny Meadows behind the centre - lovely ponds and views of the surrounding hills.
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This place is a great stop of for many reasons - lovely meadows and a riverside walk or for a coffee or locally sourced food. Dogs are allowed round the meadows so it is a good place to break up a long journey and there is plenty for children to do too. Lovely, reasonably priced gift shop. The staff are all helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. Great place to use a base to go walking from.
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We visited yesterday to see a Colour Run taking place. It looked like everyone was having a wonderful time. There seems to be loads happening here for all the family and we really liked the look of the film nights and the children's activities looked great too
We really enjoyed our walk along the river (no otters for us unfortunately) and we had a cream tea served with local damson jam. Delicious!
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Not a place to visit from afar.
Attraction has few interesting aspects, but there are good walking paths.
Cafe is excellent for home cooked food at reasonable prices.
We went because of an advertised "food fair". It was the smallest ever with food limited to cakes, cheesy somethings and plums.
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Visited late July 2019 with wife, two kids, in laws and a dog. I liked the concept of the place - celebrating the glorious Shropshire hills and countryside. However, as others have stated, you an attraction aimed at the outdoor, nature types. They are most likely to have a dog or two. It is not dog friendly to make people with dogs sit outside in the heat (lack of adequate sun shades/umbrellas) or the rain. Plus it is a faff to have to get food and take it outside. Me and the wife had to sit outside with the dog while the kids and the in laws went inside, viewed the exhibition and had food! Not good. What was even more annoying is all the space there was inside where dogs could sit? You could easily turn that over to dog owners as opposed to having people just sat there lounging about on sofas. I was most unimpressed. At other attractions we have visited they had a covered area with dog pens (containing water) where you could contain your dog. Just an idea for you to consider.
Apart from the dog issue.The food was nice. The cakes were wonderful and we had a cracking walk through the pathways. A great stop off or combine it with a visit to nearby Stokesay.
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Very friendly cafe with reasonable prices and good range of food try the coronation chicken sandwich.Inside and outside seating and a good gift shop some armchairs to sit and read.
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We visited to use the cafe and play area. We had dogs so it was a bit of a faff ordering food then fetching dogs to go round to the outside seats but ok.

Food was average pricing and normal selection.

Toilets clean.

There was a lot of toys etc on sale but they looked ok price wise (didn't look closely).

I think it would be a good place to visit for a good walk especially with kids or dogs.
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