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. In 1967, Sir Alfred Ramsey returned to the Centre to unveil a plaque to commemorate his team s stay and endorse the view that Lilleshall could justly claim some credit for England s famous victory.
In 1984 The Football Association s School of Excellence was established welcoming young talent such as Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Sol Campbell and Joe Cole to name but a few.
Today Lilleshall is an elite training centre for some of the country s leading sportsmen and women and regularly welcomes use by numerous sports bodies.
With its unique and rich heritage and commitment to providing a World Class Experience, Lilleshall is a certainly a place where you can wake up and feel inspired.
Lilleshall is situated 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) overlooks the beautiful Capability Brown inspired 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.
The 6 mile Adventure Fitness Trail enables you to discover these gems but also provides you with the chance to test your fitness, taking you through the woodland belts alongside the estate s 2 mile sweeping drive to the golden gates (an exact replica of those at Buckingham Palace), before returning (a steady climb all the way!) to explore the heart of the estate.
Work is also underway on a nature trail which is due to be open in the Summer.
Visitors can reserve rooms in Lilleshalls very own Campus style accommodation which has all the facilities you would expect to find in a modern building (sorry no rooms available in the main house): tea & coffee making, digital HD television, hairdryers and free WIFI along with ample free parking.
There is a recently refurbished café bar open from 7:30 23:00 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, 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.
Standard check in is from 1.30pm Mon - Sat and from 5.30pm Sunday
Sat Nav postcode: TF10 9LQ
Leave M54 at junction 3 and take the A41 North, signposted to Whitchurch and Newport.
The National Sports Centre is signposted from the A41.
The Centre entrance is signposted opposite Rubens Nursing Home.
The Centre complex is approached from the entrance at the end of a 2 mile private drive.
You can check in from 13:30. You need to check out by 09:30.