Conceived by Thomas Acton more than a generation ago to keep alive the 19th century farming practices he grew up with, the farm was the first of its kind and has been much copied since.
Tom's foresight has helped to preserve many traditions that might otherwise have been lost to modern day farming techniques.
Today, the Historic Working Farm offers a fascinating insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th century, as farm life unfolds daily and the land around is worked by heavy horses. There are daily demonstrations of period skills and visits from the Wheelwright, Farrier and Blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate.
The Old School, originally built by Frances Stackhouse Acton in the late 19th century to educate the children of the Parish, has been recently restored and is now a charming cafe. It serves home cooked hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks. There is a gift shop and special events throughout the open season.
A programme of traditional craft and trade courses to learn about the forgotten skills of the past runs throughout the year.
- See our opening times and admissions prices
- Find out more about our programme of traditional rural crafts and trade courses
- Find out more about our educational visits for schools
- If you'd like to make your visit into a stay, taking time to experience all that Acton Scott and its beautiful surroundings have to offer, you can explore the estate's accommodation options
The Historic Working Farm is managed and funded by Shropshire Council. For more information please email [email protected] or telephone 01694 781 307. You can also read the latest news and updates on Facebook.