FSC Preston Montford, is situated in the heart of Shropshire on the banks of the River Severn with views into Wales. The Centre is set in a 12-hectare estate which is managed to provide a rich range of habitats, including the River Severn Montford SSSI – semi-ancient woodland growing on a steep bank of glacial drift. Most of the area is grazed fields with hedges, 18th century specimen trees and some more recently planted copses. The eastern side of the estate is an area of more specialised habitats; ponds, wildflower meadow, ancient orchard, the remains of a walled garden and a bee hotel.
Fantastically accessible from the motorway network the location Centre enable easy access to practically every type of habitat and urban setting in Britain. Ranging from the Long Mynd and Stiperstones in the South Shropshire Hill AONB, to Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Ludlow, Birmingham and Snowdonia.
Whilst FSC Preston Montford isn’t open for teaching during the winter months, we can sometimes accommodate groups looking for a good value place to stay.
Please contact us to see if we have space on your preferred dates, letting us know the size of your group and whether you would prefer to cook for yourselves, or be catered.
Food at our centres
For one day visits you are usually asked to bring a packed lunch unless it is specified otherwise.
Residential visits include freshly prepared seasonal meals, with a hot breakfast, packed lunch and choice of evening meal. Food is sourced locally wherever possible and we can cater for any dietary requirements. All of our residential centres have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here Bronze Award which recognises organisations which go the extra mile to make sure visitors are receiving healthy, nutritious and sustainable meals.
We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our residential centres offer a range of room sizes and layouts from single and twin up to larger dormitories. Some rooms are en suite and others have shower and toilet facilities close by. Please contact us if you want to discuss your room requirements.
Each centre also has places to relax during any free time such as a lounge, games room and outdoor space.
Health and Safety
- Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
- Carbon Trust Standard
- Food Hygiene rating: 5*
- Secondary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
- Primary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
- Eco Centre
- Met Office active participant
- Safety Shield Health and Safety Award (Moorepay) Gold
- Rothamsted Moth Trap site
How to find us
FSC has developed links with First Travel Solutions (FTS), and we recommend them as a coach travel provider to help reduce the cost of transport for academic groups to our Centres. FTS provide a fully supported, UK wide school travel service, providing a dedicated contact for each coach booking from the initial contact through to tracked delivery with 100% security on all deposits paid. If you would like to receive a quote from First Travel Solutions please enquire here.
- Preston Montford is located 6 miles west of Shrewsbury.
- Less than 1 hour from Birmingham.
- Less than 2 hours from Manchester and Liverpool.
- 3 hours from Central London.
By Road: From the A5, take the roundabout exit signposted to Mid-Wales and Welshpool (A458). One mile along this road, turn right onto B4473, we are located on the left after approx ½ mile. SAT NAV: SY4 1DX By Bus or Train: Shrewsbury stations; a pick up is available by prior arrangement.