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Mow Cop Castle, National Trust

Mow Cop Castle, National Trust


A visit to Mow Cop Castle is a great space for for families, offering 360-degree views of the Staffordshire moorlands and the Cheshire Plain. However, did you now that Mow Cop Castle is actually a folly or a sham castle designed to look like a ruin? It was actually built as a summer house designed to look like a medieval fortress and round tower. The tower is visible for miles around and is a major landmark visited throughout the year.

The area around the “castle” has a rich history, nationally famous for the quarrying of high-quality millstones used in water mills. Excavations of the site have also unearthed artifacts from the iron age.

Although visitors are no longer allowed inside the castle, there are pathways around the grade II listed building and plenty of rocks for tired legs to sit on.

Additional information:
*The National Trust’s car park which visitors can use for a maximum of two hours is small and is not suitable for large groups wishing to stay for longer periods.
*There are no toilet or baby change facilities.
*Views are more impressive on a clear day.

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