Set in 100 acres of parkland near Shrewsbury on land that came into the possession of the Hill family in 1700. The grounds were remodelled in the early 1800's with terraces across the hillside, tree lined walks, a shell encrusted grotto and various follies. In the late 1800's visitors would come from across the country making it one of the most visited parks in the country. The grounds continued to be added to during the 1800s with new specimens of plants from all over the World being added, and herds of Eland roaming the grounds.
Unfortunately by the late 1800's the family finances ran out and the park was broken up and sold off. The Hall on the estate stood empty until taken over by the government and was used as a convalescent home for officers. In the 1920's a hotel was established in the old Hall and the gardens and Follies became part of the hotel grounds. By this time the parkland had fallen into decay and almost forgotten . New owners took over the hotel in 1990 and began a project to restore the grounds including the hillside terraces and Follies. By 1993 the ornamental walks and follies were once again opened to the public. Today the gullies, caves, towers and bridges along the sandstone hills are once more alive with visitors.
The Terrace Arboretum contains a forest of Rhododendron a fall back to the years of neglect, which now compliment the original specimen trees that survived and tower above the walkway, Over 150 species of plant have been recorded on the site so far. A range of habitats await exploration from beautiful deciduous woodland paths with sweet chestnut and mighty oak, to wind swept cliff tops with Scots Pine.
Across the site are a range of follies some Gothic in style, others carved into the sandstone rock to form arches caves and narrow passageways. Go around each corner and you will not be far away from another folly, add in the views towards Wales together with the wildlife that abounds this is a great day out.
Please note that this is an outdoor attraction.
This trip is very suitable for walkers/ramblers the terrain is rugged with reasonable pathways with hilly sections. The main walk around the site is said to take 3 hours to complete, approximately 4 miles in distance..
There is a small cafe on site which will serve sandwiches and refreshments. However bringing your own picnic and sitting on the hillside taking in the views is highly recommended.
Access to the site is uphill to the visitor centre. Some areas, after walking up to the visitor centre, are accessible together with a small part of the site, however it is not wheelchair friendly and people with walking difficulties, who venture farther will have trouble with steep slopes, steps without hand rails and the general hilliness of the site. Click here for an accessibility statement by the owners.
To get the best out of the caves you are advised to bring a torch with you or purchase one from the on site shop.
The visit will last approximately 4.5 hours.
Price Adults £24.75 including admission.
Special School Holiday offer: 1 child per adult paying full price may travel for £6.50 , additional children will be charged £11.00 (prices include £4.50 admission). Child prices apply to children 16 or under.
Depart from Kings Norton at 09:15, Bournville Green at 09:20, Selly Oak at 09:30, Harborne at 09:40, City Centre at 10:00
View Maps of departure points: click here
To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you.
Photographs are not yet available, the picture at the head of this page is decorative and does not relate to Hawkstone Park
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