Upton Cressett welcomes group tours all year by appointment. We have welcomed hundreds of group visits, including classic car clubs civic societies, history groups, garden tour groups, Rotary clubs, WI and local guild groups, students, art and painting groups, archaeological groups and walking parties.
We can accommodate group visits of all sizes, starting at fifteen to a maximum of fifty. Group tours are often led by the owner, family member or our head guide Richard. Tour and tea (including home-made cake) is £12.50 per head. Buffet lunches are available for group tours with refreshments (including wine), starting at £20 per head. Sample group lunch menus available on request or download menus here. If you are a smaller group we work on a minimum spend policy to cover our costs. (£150 for tour and tea, starting at £250 for tour an lunch)
Vintage Style Tea Parties – We are able to arrange Vintage style tea parties for birthdays, anniversaries and baby showers from £20/head. See Vintage-Afternoon-Tea-Menu. With towers of finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones with jam and cream. A selection of fine teas are served in vintage china. Guests can hang bunting inside the Bosworth Pavillion to theme the event. Flower arrangements are provided. This includes a guided tour of the Hall and the privacy of our grounds. 10+ guests.
For all group enquiries and reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Group visits require a 50% advance deposit with the full balance to be paid a week before arrival with confirmation of final numbers. Wheelchair access is limited to gardens and ground floor of the Hall only.
Please note Upton Cressett has a single lane access and is steep in parts. The road is a public road and maintained by Shropshire Council. We have an excellent relationship with a local coach company and can arrange transport for your group anywhere within a 100 mile radius at a highly competitive price. Due to the narrow lane, we cannot accommodate 50+ seater tourist coaches. However, we can arrange a shuttle service from the coach parking bay at the end of our lane for an additional charge. The ideal coach size is a mid-size coach (up to 39 seats).
Classic Car Club Groups
Classic car clubs – including Rolls Royce owners, the Bullnose Morris Club and local MG clubs – particularly enjoy their visits (often with lunch and a Hall tour) to Upton Cressett where we have become a popular club outing venue. Drivers especially enjoy the exhilarating and challenging three mile winding country lane, typical of the Shropshire Hills, that leads from the main A458 Bridgnorth-Shrewsbury road to the remote and romantic hamlet of Upton Cressett.
Part of this steep lane, on Meadlowley Bank, used to be part of the famous Clee Hills Trial of the 1940s and 1950s when the road was still private and used to rival Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire as one of the most famous rally hill climbs in the Midlands.
Vintage cine footage of cars competing up Meadowley Wood bank in the 1950 is shown below.