Things to See & Do

There is a massive amount of things to see an do in and around the surrounding area all year round.  There are hundreds of footpaths to ramble your way through the beautiful and picturesque countryside.

Try your hand at horse riding at Bow house farm just a short drive away. Or T-off at one of the many local golf courses at Ludlow, Newtown or Church Stretton.
If you don’t feel like travelling far, try your skills at coarse fishing on our well stocked lake situated in the stunning estate grounds. 

There are many farmers markets in the surrounding villages such as the small market town Montgomery. After buying your fresh produce, why not explore the ruins of Montgomery Castle perched procariously on the side of a cliff, and, having worked up a thirst, experience one of the quaint tea shops for cake and scones or afternoon tea.

Checkers Restaurant in Montgomery have just been awarded a Michelin Star for that extra special treat!  Bishops Castle boasts a weekly fresh produce market on a Thursday in the newly refurbished Town Hall supplying fresh bread, cheeses and local meats, specialist soaps etc. 

On the third Saturday of each month there is a farmer’s market which spills out on to the market square where the smell of freshly cooked produce can be smelt all the way up the winding street.

There are many individual antique and gift shops to explore where many rare books/records and gifts are galore.  Take a break and rest your legs in one of the many cafes, restaurants and pubs.  Why not sample the home brew of The Three Tuns Brewery or the Six Bells Public House.

For the more adventurous ramblers, explore the remote and stunning Long Mynd in Church Stretton where views of the countryside can be seen for miles and miles around from 1600 feet up.

For those active kids, then why not let them loose at Mickey Millers Family Play Barn in Craven Arms which has a 21ft and 16ft Demon Drop Slide.  Or visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre just up the road from Mickly Millers where on display is a full size replica of a skeleton mammouth found in Condover, Shrewsbury, or take a trip on the “hot air balloon” and see the stunning scenery from below.

Bishops Castle Leisure centre boasts a 25 meter swimming pool with various leisure facilities including a gym, sauna, sun beds, two squash courts, many fitness classes from Pilates to body conditioning and a theatre showing weekly productions from adult humour to children’s entertainment.

The Flash in Welshpool is another leisure centre with swimming pool and water slide.

If you fancy something different, then why not try your skills at Mid Wales Shooting Ground, Trefeglwys.  Coaching is available.  See how many clays you can hit!

There is a varied selection of local takeaways ranging from Chinese, Indian, Chip Shop or kebabs.

Guided walks from Mellington Hall Hotel

If you fancy exploring the great outdoors with your own personal guide, Mellington Hall can tailor any country walk just for you, whether it be a 12 mile hike with castles and forts thrown in, a pub lunch in between, or a National Trail. Our local walking expert is Helen, an experienced walker and map reader, […]


The place takes its name from the river Clun upon which it stands. Deriving from an earlier Colun, it shares its very early British root with the two rivers Colne, in Lancashire and Essex, each of which has a town of the same name on its banks (Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names). The town […]

Bishop’s Castle

Bishop’s Castle is a small town situated in the Marches, an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty on the borders of England and Wales. It has a long and proud history, a strong sense of community, and has plenty to offer the discerning visitor who values peace and quiet away from the crowds. The town […]

Clun Castle

Clun Castle started as a Motte and Bailey castle, built by the Norman, Robert de Say, around 1140-50, as part of the Marcher lordship known as the Honour of Clun. Overlooking the River Clun and close to the confluence of the Clun and River Usk, the site was chosen for its defensive advantage and the […]

A Walk Around Bury Ditches Hill Fort

The Bury Ditches Hillfort, near Lydbury North dates from the 1st Millennium B.C. and is considered to be one of the finest hillforts in Britain. The hillfort is on Forestry Commission land so it is freely accessible to members of the public, with a car park close by.  This walk takes you round the fort, […]

Walcot Wood

Owned by the National Trust, the wood is remnant of ancient pasture woodland, once part of a large Elizabethan Deer Park. It is dominated by unusually shaped 400 year old veteran oak trees which are home to rare lichens and beetles. The Wood, which lies in a small valley below Bury Ditches Hill Fort and […]

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