Acton Burnell Castle is a ruined 13th century English fortified manor located south of Shrewsbury, UK. Made up of partially-preserved red sandstone walls, the site is a picturesque shell which makes for a peaceful, atmospheric visit.
Originally built around 1284, Acton Burnell Castle belonged to Robert Burnell, a powerful local landowner and close friend of the English King, Edward I. In fact, Burnell served as Chancellor of England under Edward and was also the Bishop of Bath & Wells.
When constructed, Acton Burnell Castle had walls standing up to 40ft high, with three-storey towers at each corner. It was clearly a well-appointed manor house, as witnessed by the fact that it played host to King Edward I and his retinue on several occasions.
The initial hall, which was attached to Acton Burnell Castle, was even used to host one or two meetings of the English parliament.
Today, Acton Burnell Castle lies in ruins, having been slowly abandoned through the middle ages and finally replaced altogether by the nearby 19th century Acton Burnell Hall.
The site is now operated by English Heritage and is open to the public.
By car from Shrewsbury, Acton Burnell Castle can be found by taking the A49 south to the junction for Longnor. There are clear signposts to the castle from that point.
Acton Burnell Castle is free to enter. Open in daylight hours only.
Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell, Shrewsbury, SY5 7PF
+44 (0) 870 333 1181
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