From 2021 Acton Scott Hall (built around 1590) will open its doors for private group tours and walks.

Historic House Tours 

(Please note: tours are currently suspended due to coronavirus but will resume in the summer. Dates and booking will be available imminently. Dates and tickets for walks have been released - please see below.)

Join a small group for a tour of some of the principal rooms of the house and the grounds, usually led by one of the Acton family, sharing interesting facts which will make your tour personal and memorable.  The house has fine Jacobean features, beautiful oak carving and many family artifacts. The family is connected to significant scientific developments by one of the earliest marine biologists,  John Stackhouse (born 1773)  and Thomas Knight (born 1750), a renowned botanist who was co-founder of the RHS and is mentioned in the first chapter of Darwin’s “The Origin of Species”.

The tour will start at the front of the house where there is car parking. You will be escorted at all times so that we can try to answer any questions. After the tour of the house, your guide will take you on a short, pretty woodland walk (approx. 1 mile) which includes notable trees and a secret garden. There are stunning views of Wenlock Edge and the Shropshire Hills.  You then return to the main garden of Acton Scott Hall past an ancient mulberry tree, new arboretum and shrubbery. Your tour will end with refreshments served in the garden or conservatory depending on the weather.

  • We hope to be able to offer accommodation at Acton Scott Hall later this year. Do check for updates on the 'Staying With Us' page,  where you will also find other options of where to stay on the Acton Scott Estate.
  • Parts of the walk are uneven and difficult to access by wheelchair or pram.
  • An alternative, shorter route can be arranged by prior agreement.                        
  • Bookings must be made through Historic Houses' Invitation to View scheme (details below). Historic Houses help us to run private tours and events as a way of maintaining the ancient buildings we care for. 
  • Please allow at least 2.5 hours for your visit.
  • WC available.
  • No photography or stilettos in the house please.
  • Gluten Free refreshments available.

To view availability and to make a booking, click on the link above. This will take you to the property's page on the website of our exclusive booking agent. Alternatively, please call 01284 827087 to speak to the Invitation to View team. If you have any questions or requirements, please email [email protected].

Self-Guided Tree Walk

In 2020 a self-guided tree walk on the estate surrounding Acton Scott Hall was mapped out by the chairman of the Severn Tree Trust. The walk includes notable trees such as native black poplar, ancient oak and beech, Californian Redwoods, a mature wellingtonia and an elderly hornbeam walk.

Near the house, there is a new arboretum with ornamental specimen trees.

You will be greeted by Francis and Alison Acton, and after a short introduction you will be given your route map and tree list, and left to explore at your own pace. Take time to rest on a bench and listen to the birdsong and enjoy the views. 

The walking route is circular (1.5km) and starts and finishes outside Acton Scott Hall where there is free parking.

The walk includes woodland paths and passes through the gardens and shrubbery before returning to the car park. There is a fine ancient mulberry tree near the house.

The Rock Garden (currently being restored) is included in the walk and you have the option of a route with or without steps. Here you will find Japanese Angelica, a recently discovered young birch coppice and a Grand Fir.

  • Stout shoes recommended.
  • WC available.
  • Well behaved dogs welcome on leads.
  • Please bag and remove any dog waste as our guests have young children who like to play in the woods.
  • Price £7.50 not including refreshments.
  • After June 21st, refreshments will be for sale at the end of your walk. 
  • Children under 14 free.

For further information or group bookings please email [email protected]

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