Lilleshall is stuated among the spectacular and secluded surroundings of the Shropshire countryside within 134 hectares of English Heritage Grade II listed grounds. The main house (Lilleshall Hall) over looks the beautiful Capability Brown inspired Italian gardens. As well as a range of world class facilities available for use (bookable in advance), the Centre has two walking routes. The 2.5 mile Discovery Trail will provide you with the chance to discover some of Lilleshall’s many gems including the Italian Water Garden, the Pet Cemetery and the World Class Sports Facilities.
IWM2020 will be staged in the Ford Hall Exhibition Arena adjacent to Lilleshall Hall itself. The IWM Arena houses a main stage from where SAA TV will broadcast the numerous demonstrations and lectures. The exhibition hall has it’s own cafe facilities offering refreshments and light packed lunches, all facilities are on hand, and of course a spectacular space for the main IWM Exhibition.
There is a cafe bar open from 7:30 – 23:00 in the main reception block (opposite Ford Hall) where you can enjoy hot and cold food and drinks. Beyond the site, Lilleshall is well placed for many local attractions including Weston Park, Ironbridge Gorge and Museums, Hoo Farm, Telford Town Park and Wonderland, The Wrekin, The RAF Museum Cosford, Telford Ski Centre and Telford International Centre. The historic market town of Newport, where you will find many independent shops, pubs and restaurants, is approximately 4 miles away. Telford, with its many tourist attractions, shopping centre, cafes, bars, restaurants and cinemas is within a 15 minute drive. The towns of Stafford, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury are all within a 25 minute drive.
Lilleshall was originally built in 1831 as the hunting lodge and family retreat of the Duke of Sutherland. It first became a National Sports Centre in 1951 and was opened by the then Princess Elizabeth II with the original plaque still in place in the entrance to the main hall. It was Lilleshall’s connection with Association Football that brought the centre to the attention of the nation. The England team trained for two weeks at Lilleshall prior to their success in the World Cup of 1966.
Today Lilleshall is an elite training centre for some of the country’s leading sports people and regularly welcomes use by numerous sports bodies. Athletes that train at Lilleshall have achieved 13 medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic games. With its unique and rich heritage and commitment to providing a World Class Experience. Lilleshall Hall and the IWM2020 Exhibition is a place where you can feel truly inspired.