A majestic example of a medieval castle set in the picturesque Shropshire countryside sitting high above the River Teme.
Nearly a 1000 years old, it was originally a Norman fortress built to hold back the unconquered Welsh. Over the next 200 years the castle was extended to provide a Royal Palace – and heavily guarded one at that. The centuries passed and the castles ownership switched between the de Lacy and Mortimer families. In 1461 it fell under Crown ownership and remained a royal castle for the next 350 years. The castle was abandoned in 1689.
During the next few hundred years the castle had fallen into ruin, but in 1811, Ludlow Castle was bought by the 2nd Earl of Powis and has remained in their ownership ever since. Through their careful conservation the castle decline has been prevented and is now a wonderful visitor attraction which provides many events throughout the year.
A visit to Ludlow Castle is a step back in time. Here you can watch a jousting spectacular or watch knights battle it out in armed combat. For something a little more serene, perhaps try your hand at a little archery, watch the birds of prey or partake in crafts and dressing up sessions. Check their website, www.ludlowcastle.com, for the Events Calendar and prices.
Of course, you can also take a tour of the castle at your leisure or follow one of the guided tours. With seasonal festivals and fayres held throughout the year, there’s always plenty going on at Ludlow Castle. During September, the Ludlow Food Festival is held and is renowned for it’s quality offerings. Wonderful food and drink and fun for all the family.
“Everything a British food event should be….unbeatable location. It’s also huge fun – I wouldn’t miss it” BBC Good Food Magazine
All in all, whilst enjoying your holiday in Shropshire, a visit to Ludlow Castle is highly recommended.
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