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Published August 11th 2016
Enjoy a treasure trove of metal artwork inside and out
The British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park in Oswestry is a must visit if you find yourself in the area.

British Ironwork Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park
British Ironwork Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park


Suitable for all ages, the grounds and centre showcase an impressive collection of iron metalwork sculptures all made by the family business.

The coal and iron mines of Shropshire and surrounding counties historically christened the region The Black Country, due to the smoke blowing out of the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges. Although modern times won't see the same pollution, ironworking is a skill that remains strong in the Oswestry area, thanks to the British Ironwork Centre.

Shropshire Sculpture Park
Shropshire Sculpture Park


Throughout the Shropshire Sculpture Park, you and your family can explore the phenomenal animal sculpture gardens. Take in the amazing creativity of the majestic iron sculptured Silver Back Gorilla, elephants, hippopotamus', giraffes, an adorable assortment of farmyard animals and more.

Metalwork Animals in Shropshire Sculpture Park
Metalwork Animals in Shropshire Sculpture Park


Stand in awe and marvel at the incredible Spoon Gorilla, made with over 40,000 spoons donated by local school children and people from all over the world.

Spoon Gorilla
Spoon Gorilla


The Spoon Gorilla stands at 12ft high (3.6m) and took almost five months to build at the British Ironworks Centre. Sculptor Alfie Bradley, who hand-welded every spoon to the statue, was only 24 years old when he finished the piece.

Spoon Gorilla stands at 12ft high (3.6m)
Spoon Gorilla stands at 12ft high (3.6m)


Step inside and enjoy a treasure trove of metal artwork, trinkets, ornaments and more, some of which you can buy and take home with you. Many of the metal crafted homewares you can buy at the British Ironwork Centre include beautiful garden features, replicated from antique pieces but given a contemporary twist.

Nuts and Bolts Dino
Nuts and Bolts Dino


You can also enjoy a bite to eat, locally crafted chocolates, and a hot or cold beverage while you sit inside or out and enjoy the sculptures and serenity.

Huge metal dragon
Huge Metal Dragon onDdisplay


Throughout the year, the British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park hosts special event days dedicated to activities such as Bird Glider Challenges for kids, Sheep Dog trials and Vintage Car Displays. Every weekend, weather permitting, you can enjoy falconry displays with head falconer Andy Cook, who offers more than 40 years' worth of experience.

The Ironwork Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park is a FREE day out for the family. There is no cost to enter and admire the creativity on display. Open 7 days a week. For more information, head to www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk.
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When: Open 7 days
Phone: 0800 6888386
Where: Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JH
Cost: FREE
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Those animals looks amazing.
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