The Ironworks, café and sculpture parks are all OPEN, with no need to prebook. Both indoor & outdoor seating available in the Café – serving a full breakfast & lunch menu.
We are dog friendly, and have plenty of outdoor space to explore, including an adventure playground and our fantastic Extinction Trail.
As we rely on our café sales, we do not allow picnics.
VISITOR OPENING TIMES
|Wednesday to Sunday||10:00 - 16:00|
|Monday & Tuesday||CLOSED|
HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES
|August Bank Hoiday Monday||CLOSED|
Friday 24th December - Monday 3rd January 2022
Wednesday 5th January 2022
|10:00 - 16:00|
Web Sales Office:
Tuesday 4th January 2022
9:00 - 17:30
WEB SALES OFFICE
|Monday to Thursday||9:00 - 17:30|
|Friday||9:00 - 17:00|
Saturday & Sunday
(and Bank Holidays)
Do I have to pay to enter?
The Ironworks experience is completely free to enter if you are a member.
For just £5 a year you can join our membership club, which gives you unlimited visits to the whole visitor experience for 12 months, as well as access to further amazing sculptures (such as our Extinction Trail) and indoor exhibitions. Children are free and do not need to pay a membership fee to join the club. We are the region's most inexpensive family day out!
Your membership card will also get you 10% off goods and refreshments in our showroom and café. Not only this, but as a member you will have exclusive access to events, event tickets and members only special offers, plus a whole host of other rewards. Membership also gives you access to our village green, outdoor veranda, artisan units, Forge cafe and interiors showroom.
All this for just £5 a year!
Membership cards are available from our meet and greet entrance upon arrival. Find out more here.
Non-members can still access a portion of the park for free, but the £5 membership fee allows you access to all our visitor areas.
Things To Do Whilst Here
Whilst our showroom, café, and outdoor sculpture park are all open again, things are running a little bit differently to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors. If you require any further details about the information provided below, feel free to give us a call on 0800 6888 386.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected us all but, in particular, it has been a very difficult time for the UK tourism industry, directly affecting thousands of businesses, attractions, and enterprises, including us here at the Ironworks. We are so thankful to finally see visitors steadily returning back to us again, but it is still a struggle trying to adjust to the ever-changing Government regulations and hospitality directives. These really do present many challenges for our staff and management teams and, whilst we continue to navigate these hurdles and do our very best to give all of our visitors the best experience, we cannot provide all of the same facilities that we did pre-virus.
By visiting us, you allow us to remain open and give us that all-important platform to recover after lockdown. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support and hope that 2021 will see a return to full operations again – where we can hopefully shine as brightly as we did before!
Eating & Drinking
Our Forge Café is open serving an array of takeaway hot drinks, cold drinks, baguettes, pastries, and sweet treats. We have a range of seating indoors & outdoors which can be used throughout your visit. We also have a wonderful undercover garden room with abundant fresh air and a large canopy area with plenty of seating!
If you have any dietary requirements, don’t hesitate to get in contact to find out more about what our café is currently offering!
Why not join us for afternoon tea?
This is the perfect way to catch up with a friend or loved one. Every afternoon tea includes a selection of delicious home made sandwiches, giant home made Madagascan vanilla scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of sumptuous cakes, served with the very best Forge Café tea!
All this for just £15 per person!
To book your afternoon tea, please call us on 01691 610952.
Our office is open from 9:00-17:30 Monday-Thursday and 9:00-17:00 on Friday
Please note: Vegetarian and gluten free options are available. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for bookings.
The Sculpture Park & Grounds
Our sculpture park and outdoor spaces are now fully open to the public and are perfect for those who enjoy a leisurely walk whilst looking at unique sculptures. Not only are we the UK's largest metal safari park with over 100 sculptures on display, we also have a fabulous collection of art for you to explore which are all exhibited throughout our grounds, the largest sculpture park in the Midlands. From the Knife Angel to galloping horses to the Iron Guardian and Spoon Gorilla, each piece is completely breath-taking.
Our current display includes; the Spoon Gorilla which has been made from 40,000 spoons and designed in collaboration with Uri Gellar; our fabulous Extinction Trail, and an array of metal safari animals, among many other beautiful pieces.
The Knife Angel moves around the country on the National Anti-Violence UK Tour, but when it is taking a break from touring it may be on display at our centre. To check where the Knife Angel is currently located, please check out our hosting schedule here.
Four-legged friends are more than welcome to explore our sculpture park and outdoor areas so don’t forget to bring them along when you come to visit us next!
The Showrooms & Clearance Yard
Here at the Centre, we have two fabulous indoor showrooms, each filled with an eclectic array of wonderful and fascinating items crafted from beautiful metals and materials. From a wide range of quirky homeware furnishings, interior accessories, and interesting cookware to ironmongery, fine jewellery, everlasting flower sculptures, and other metal handicrafts you won’t find elsewhere, you are bound to find something you love within our showrooms! Here, you will also find various artists displaying their work for you to shop and browse - all of which cannot be found on the high street. Each piece has been expertly handcrafted to add a real statement to your home.
Our Clearance Yard is the newest addition to our grounds and has been specifically designed to highlight our biggest bargains and ex-display items! Here, you will find an array of beautiful pieces to decorate your home and garden - from large plant pots and sculptures to bird feeders and garden benches. Everything is highly discounted and only available while stocks last, so feel free to browse!
The Extinction Trail
The British Ironwork Centre is home to The Extinction Trail, a large open area of the site that contains a wide range of metal sculptures depicting some of the worlds most endangered animal species.
Sadly, many of the worlds most incredible animals are under a constant threat to their survival, caused by the effects of an expanding human population. Whether this be through poaching, deforestation or global climate change, humans are having a devastating effect on our wildlife.
In a bid to raise awareness of the needs of these magnificent animals, we have created the Extinction Trail as a form of ethical zoo, to bring attention to the needs of these animals and what we can do to help prevent them from extinction without keeping them in captivity. Click here to view images of some of the animals that feature in our Extinction Trail and click here to see how you can help.
For the Little Ones
Whilst we can’t currently host any dedicated children’s activities here at the Centre, our on-site play area is always open (weather permitting) and features a variety of safe and approved climbing frames, slides, and tunnels for your children to enjoy. Additionally, our metal sculpture park is the perfect place for children to explore and learn more about our Earth’s beautiful wildlife whilst burning up some of their energy!
Dog Friendly Days Out
We love dogs as much as you do, so there is no reason at all not to include them on your day out to the Centre. We’ve got lots of options for dogs young or old, big or small, active or laid back which will really get their tails wagging. With their own private entrance, complimentary dog bags (in case they get forgotten) and a Bonio biscuit on arrival, the site also has three dog friendly routes of different lengths which includes dog waste bins and water stations throughout! And after all that walking, there is a dedicated undercover seating area where the humans can enjoy a cup of tea and man’s best friend can have a bowl of water and a dog friendly ice cream! So, come visit the Centre and take the whole family on an adventure which will really get them barking!
Archery with Croesoswallt Archers
Known for its accessibility as a sport, archery is a fun-filled and exciting activity for everyone to enjoy! The Croesoswallt Archery Club are now officially based here at the Centre, where they utilise our grounds to meet twice a week. However, the club are also offering a range of activities for the general public – whether you’re looking for one-on-one tuition, a fun activity for you and your family, or a corporate teambuilding day!
If you’d like to find out more about the Croesoswallt Archery Club and the archery sessions that they offer, you can visit their website here. You can also contact them directly by emailing the Club Secretary, Bob Batts, on firstname.lastname@example.org. All sessions will need to be booked in with Bob prior to visiting.
The Croesowellt Archers Association, has, as far as we understand, been active and been progressively encouraging all things archery for in excess of 35 years. In actual fact, it is the oldest archery association/club in the whole of the county.
Throughout its history it has had a number of homes or locations. Sadly, despite the enormous benefit that it brings to the area including social inclusivity and wellbeing, it has never had its own secure home.
We are now at a point whereby we are working solidly towards helping them to achieve the ultimate goal of having their own permanent home. Here at the British Ironwork Centre, we have the space to accommodate them as well as having the enthusiasm of the club to bring about a solid base for them to operate throughout the whole of Oswestry within the shared space of the British Ironwork Centre.
As such, we have created a vision for how this permanent home could look as detailed in the image below. This solid structure not only facilitates their archery needs including both indoor and outdoor firing ranges, but also encapsulates their desire to be an eco-friendly association.
Vince Hunt (Chairman of Shropshire Council) & Bob Batts
(Chairman of the Oswestry Archery Club)
Creating such a facility, of course, has its challenges including funding, planning permission, and ensuring that the building is in harmony with the local ecological ideals. However, with such strong support for the club thanks to their values surrounding inclusivity and accessibility for individuals of all abilities, we believe that this vision can become a reality.
What we particularly love about this club is that they have their own unique mindset over encouraging people who struggle with physical and mental disabilities and bringing them in to their group. With the sport being so easily accessible for all levels of ability, it creates a very family orientated feel for those the attend, some even bring their dogs with them for their day out! They have also linked up with local schools to provide opportunities for learning through a children’s club.
Being the only archery club in the area, we know that the support for them from the community will be strong and look forward to bringing our vision and concept for their permanent base to fruition.
Long before we were a sculpture park & long before the Ironworks, we were a farm (Whitehall Farm).
We do have some longstanding family friends sharing the sculpture park, they live and can be talked too but we always prefer to discourage feeding or petting as they are not exhibits, they are family friends that reside in the park and in some cases roam free.
Kid's club is for members only. Founded by the British Ironwork centre the activity-based event hopes to encourage children to access and enjoy all the centre's grounds and facilities has to offer.
We believe that strong community engagement has a positive part to play in both developing the centre and in creating a wonderful healthy following in the community.
Starting in 2018, Kid's club will be running a calendar of activities and aims to involve children of all genders, abilities, nationalities and ages.
Members will get first awareness of children's events and activities, with an email notification to an email address provided by a parent or guardian. Events and activities will always involve parents or guardians being invited too.
For a fun day out, come and ride the eco safari! Catch a ride in the Centres Safari buggy.
Upon entering the Centre grounds, you will be crossing the threshold into the territory of some of the most fearsome animals on the planet, from the moment you enter you will take a winding route discovering pastures of deer, fighting bulls, grazing horses and colourful gorillas. Be sure to have your camera at the ready to catch a glimpse of the giant tarantula. We also have a fabulous new addition! Bumble Bee the Transformer!
Our animals love being photographed and are the best behaved, with no risk of losing your window wipers! They are a vain bunch who love to pose for the family photo album and if that wasn’t enough, they love children visiting them!
Metal Safari Quiz
Take part in our kids metal safari quiz here at the British Ironwork Centre, collect your quiz sheet from our showroom to take part! Only £1 per child.
All winners get a certificate!
Quiz sheets are available from the showroom tills.