Coach, Club & Association Visits
IMPORTANT UPDATE: From the 12th April 2021, we would love to welcome coaches and groups back here to the Ironworks, which is why we are now taking group and coach visits again between Mon-Fri within our new opening times of 10-4pm! If you would like to visit, don’t forget to bring your mask and please do book in by calling 0800 6888386. Things are a touch different, but we would love to have you here at the Centre once again!
Please note we will be operating in line with Government guidance and legislation regarding group numbers.
Here at the British Ironwork Centre, we LOVE group visits, so much so, that we do them completely free of charge! The Ironworks is home to some of the most beautiful and intricate art pieces and sculptures in the UK.
To book your visit, please click on the booking form below. Booking is advised but not essential.
The Group Visit Experience
Our friendly team are always pleased to host groups looking for a truly unique and enjoyable day. You will have your own dedicated point of contact, and our team will help plan your visit, arrange your introductory talk, your Artisan demonstrations and numerous craft experiences tailored to your group.
All group visits are completely free of charge, however, any donations would be gratefully received for our nominated charities.
What Can You Expect
- Welcome Host and Tour
- Visit the Artisan workshops
- Fast track entry for Your Group
- Free Coach Parking
- Coach Driver appreciation gift
- Pre-visit, to Book Your Trip and Meet Host
- Special Group Discounted Menu
- Discounted cream tea
- Full Access to Sculpture Park, Showroom and Museum
Your host will meet you on arrival, whether you arrive by car or by bus, they will give you a very warm welcome to the British Ironwork Centre.
All of our visitors will get the chance to find out more about our most recent social campaign -Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife. This led to the creation of our nationally renowned monument, Knife Angel, which is currently on tour around the UK.
Next, visitors will be able to explore our centre at their own leisure. Make sure you visit our artisan workshops to see our resident artists at work. Our onsite craftsmen and artists are eager to show you what they are working on and introduce their crafts to you.
- Sam Shepherd the Silversmith - Available: Wednesday - Sunday
- Georgina Wright Ceramics – Available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
- Wigglers Arts and Crafts Studio - (For children) Please call 01691 610952 for availability.
Your host will be available throughout the day should you have any question. As you prepare to leave they will also join you on the coach to give everyone a parting gift for the journey home.
Group Lunch Menu:
See here for our fabulous discounted menu, which is only available to groups. Options should be ordered in advance of your visit. See Menu Here.
Introduction to The Company
Established over 35 years ago, the British Ironwork Centre is so much more than just a celebration of all things metalwork, it is also a central hub for tackling national issues through art and design. Clive Knowles, our Chairman, is the true visionary behind the company and over many years has developed the Centre into an eccentric and eclectic mix of craftsmanship and art. The company is very much a family community, managed and run by father, son and daughter. This truly shapes the ethos and values in which the company prides itself and you will often hear the phrase “give love and love will come back” used by everyone involved as it is something we all continuously work towards. Through this working mantra, we are very proud of the fact that we continue to support hundreds of charities and enterprises across the country each and every year. We feel that supporting the community and being able to do charitable deeds alongside our business is one of our greatest achievements to date.
How to Find Us
Address: Whitehall, Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JH. We are located directly on the main road (A5) between Oswestry and Shrewsbury.
Public transport via a bus route will take you to the Queen's Head Pub, which is just a short walk along the A5. This is pedestrianised but please take care, as it is a busy road.
Parking and Coach Parking
Our car park is completely free of any charge and there are plenty of spaces for cars, minibuses and coaches. On site, we also have a dedicated parking area for coaches and minibuses, which is clearly signposted. For the less mobile, we have a drop-off point on hardstanding group near to our disabled parking.
Here at the Ironworks, we look after the coach drivers too. On arrival, coach drivers can book in at reception where they will receive a Coach Appreciate gift, This is for every coach driver visiting the site, regardless of it being a visit or a quick refreshment stop.
What to Wear
The Good old British Weather can put a dampener on taking days out, but not here at the Ironworks. Although a lot of our site is outdoors, there is plenty to see and do, even on a rainy day. Our extensive showroom and art exhibitions means the Ironworks can be a day out in all weathers. We do recommend that visitors wanting to explore our grounds and sculpture park wear appropriate clothing, and suitable footwear for uneven ground. We also recommend waterproof layers if the weather is predicted to be less favourable. If you are wanting to simply visit our indoor areas and enjoy a bite to eat, any footwear or clothing can be worn, the wackier the better. Our staff even wear bow ties, so everything is accepted!
Visits to the centre are free, but in order to maintain this, we rely on the sales from our Forge Cafe and Showroom to help maintain the site. For this reason, we kindly request that visitors refrain from bringing picnics from home and purchase refreshments on site. The only exception is school trips where children are allowed packed lunches, thank you for understanding.
We offer FREE school trips for primary schools. With a lot of metalworking to see and sculptures to view, these trips can be very educational for children of this age and above. The children can see our resident artists at work, learn how to melt precious metals, create beautiful Jewellery with the Silversmith, or even learn the art of ceramics and pottery. There's something to please everyone! Please note that our free school visits are suitable for primary schools only. We accept small secondary school and college trips but these do require a high teacher to student ratio.
There are a number of T&C’s that we ask all visitors to comply with to ensure they remain safe when visiting. The Centre is a working site with uneven ground, so we ask that you take care. Please click here to visit the T&C's page so you are informed of these risks in advance and how to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit. Please also note, that on days where there are high winds and wet weather – we do ask that visitors remain indoors.
We like to ensure that visitors of all abilities can comfortably visit the British Ironwork centre and are always improving our access to cater for everyone.
Disabled parking is located in our car park just in front of the Silversmith’s workshop, the ground is hard standing with easy access to the centre of the site.
The Showroom, Reception and Café areas all have ramped access and the site is generally flat, although in areas it can have uneven ground. We have a disabled toilet located in our office reception which also features a baby changing unit. We also have a wheelchairs on site available for visitors, we only ask that you let us know before you visit if you wish to borrow a wheelchair.
Dogs are allowed on site, and you can enjoy walking amongst the sculpture park with your canine companion. We also have dog bowls situated around the site. We do have a lovely veranda where you can relax on our leather sofas and enjoy some refreshments with your dog, the only areas they are not permitted is within our showroom and café due to being food preparation areas.
Please note that on a warm day a car can become overheated, this can prove fatal to dogs, so please bring them with you to enjoy the site.
The local town of Oswestry houses an array of hotels and B&B’s for all tastes and budgets. Please take a look at this list of places we recommend:
- Wynnstay Hotel and Spa
- Sweeney Hall Hotel
- The Bryn B&B
- Premier Inn
Things to See and Do Locally
Shropshire has a lot to offer to visitors, after visiting us you may also want to explore the local market towns of Oswestry and Shrewsbury. Please see below the main attractions we recommend:
Oswestry Town: Oswestry is a friendly market town with lots of historical landmarks and buildings. There are many unique boutique shops and eateries and local amenities. The town is situated on the Welsh border and is surrounded by beautiful countryside which is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and walkers.
Oswestry Town Market: Oswestry indoor and outdoor markets have taken place in the centre of Oswestry since the middle ages, with over 70 traders from near and far. There is a good variety of bespoke services and goods to satisfy anyone’s needs.
Chirk Castle: This National Trust property is situated in the small village of Chirk. The castle guards the entrance to the Ceiriog Valley and has beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds.
Park Hall Farm: Park Hall farm is a family friendly visitor attraction which invites visitors to see a working farm.
Sabrina Boat River Cruises, Shrewsbury: Sabrina is a triple deck, modern passenger boat which takes passengers along the River Severn. The cruise is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the town and its history and to get a completely different perspective of Shrewsbury from the river.
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery tells the stories that make Shropshire unique through its’ amazing galleries: The Roman Gallery, Shropshire Gallery, Medieval, Tudor and Stuart Galleries and the Special Exhibition Gallery.
We have teamed up with some of Shropshire’s best tourist destinations to offer our visitors a great day out in the county.
These packages really show off some of Shropshire’s gems and are great for ensuring a packed day for your group or coach passengers.
There really is something for everyone. From a relaxing river cruise to exploring the historic market town of Oswestry and even a step back in time learning the history of Ironbridge.
If you’re planning a trip to the Ironworks, why not make a day of it and you could have a full day enjoying Shropshire’s famous hospitality.