Acton Burnell Castle
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Bishop Burnell rebuilt the nearby parish church, and, unusually, laid out the village according a formal plan. The castle was used as a family residence until 1420, and remained in the Burnell family's possession until it was seized by Henry VII in 1485.
Henry gave Acrton Burnell to the Earl of Surrey in recognition of his leadership at the Battle of Flodden. It later passed to the Duke of Norfolk, and eventually to the Smythe family. In the 18th century the Smythes built Acton Burnell Hall nearby, and made that their residence, so the castle fell out of use.
The castle's residential block was rebuilt as an ornamental building (what we might today call a folly) in the parkland surrounding the Hall. It now stands as a large shell, two stories high, and is surounded by traces of a moat on three sides. The castle that we see today is only Bishop Burnell's private apartments, a small part of the original castle complex.
A short distance away is the parish church, which contains some wonderful memorials to the owners of Acton Burnell Castle over the centuries.
Acton Burnell Hall is now a school, but access to the castle and church is permitted at any reasonable time.
About Acton Burnell Castle
Address: Acton Burnell, Shropshire, England, SY5 7PE
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Open access site, signposted from Acton Burnell village. Located in the grounds of Concord College (Acton Burnell Hall) school.
Website: Acton Burnell Castle
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Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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