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.

“Jonathan was first rate; really well planned and delivered. Met our aims really clearly, adapted to the needs of the students through the week and overall excellent. Thanks in particular for organising the worksheets for our visually impaired student.”

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  • Bar: We have a licensed bar stocked with local ales and spirits, wines, soft drinks and snacks
  • Capacity: Altogether we can fit 131 beds separated between three blocks, the Main House, Darwin and Wenlock.
  • Car Parking: There are limited parking facilities available at the centre.
  • Catering: Self-catering is also considered upon specific request.
  • Children's Facilities: We are an Educational Centre and have games and activities on-site for children aged 8+; however, younger children are welcome.
  • Common Room: Queen Anne Common Room, the Ante Room and Darwin Common Room.
  • Disabled Facilities: We have two disabled access rooms and other ground floor bedrooms available, with easy access.
  • Hot and Cold Drinks: We have hot and cold drinks making facilities accessible around the centre.
  • Kitchen: Fully catered services for all dietary needs available, as well as packed lunch making services.
  • Linen: All bedding is provided
  • Lounge: We have an adult lounge area with comfy sofas.
  • Outdoor Clothing: You can hire walking boots, wellingtons, small rucksacks, waterproof trousers and coats
  • Outdoor Facilities: Extensive range of on-site and off-site activities.
  • Shop: Our shop sells drinks, snacks and souvenirs of your stay as well as a selection of FSC publications.
  • WIFI: Free guest WIFI is available through-out the centre.
  • Workrooms: We have six classrooms located around the centre. All have whiteboards with ceiling- mounted data projectors interactive whiteboard facilities and internet access for Wi-Fi enabled laptops.

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.

FSC Accommodation

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. Note: not all centres have single/twin rooms. All rooms are subject to availability. 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.

Explore the centre and surrounding area

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

  • 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/drop off may be available by prior arrangement if sufficient numbers request this.

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