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Ludlow Castle

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Once a Norman fortress, Ludlow Castle is now a romantic at atmospheric ruin, which is owned privately by the Herbert family. Inside the fortress walls is the 19th century Castle House, which acts as a wedding venue, alongside holiday apartments, charming tea rooms and shops.

Where is Ludlow Castle located?

Right in the centre of the historic town of Ludlow, with its many black and white buildings, Ludlow Castle has panoramic views of the Shropshire countryside, as well as of the town's medieval walls, Whitcliffe Common and two rivers flowing by. Surrounding the castle are a variety of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, and there is a Lime Walk around the castle and down to the River Teme.

What is the history of Ludlow Castle to the present day?

Built in the 12th century as a Border fortress and strategic base, Ludlow Castle became the headquarters for the Council of the Marches in the 1500s. It was owned by the Crown until its purchase in the 1800s by the Earls of Powis. By then, it had already fallen into ruin, but was used for leisure and sport, and with the growth of the railways in the 19th century, it grew into a tourist attraction.

What is there to see and do at Ludlow Castle?

Visitors can stroll through the grounds of the castle, discovering the ancient dwellings of the monarchy and the nobility, climb the castle's towers and explore the dungeons and the chapel. Festivals and events are held throughout the year. The Castle Kitchen is a cafe offering refreshments.

Other Information

Whilst the castle is wheelchair and buggy friendly, there are some areas that are not accessible, with surfaces of chippings, grass and cobbles, and some areas of sloping ground. Also, the towers and many rooms may be difficult to access for those with limited mobility, but the judges' lodgings are accessible, and there are interpretation boards. There are disabled toilets in both the shop and Castle Kitchen, and baby-changing facilities in Castle Kitchen.

Facilities & information

Extra info

Open Times: 10.00am - 4.00pm November to mid-Feb and 10.00am - 5.00pm mid-Feb to October

Price Details: see website

Arrival information and directions

Address: Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire, LudlowSY8 1AY, United Kingdom

The Castle is situated in the centre of Ludlow Town. The nearest Pay and Display car parking is 250 yards away, and the town centre also has on-street metered car parking. When approaching Ludlow on the A49, follow the signs for the Park & Ride car park - the drop off is in Castle Square - a 30 second walk to the Castle. Ludlow is situated on the A49. From Birmingham, head west on the A456 through Kidderminster. Continue on the A456 through Tenbury Wells. Turn right onto the A49 and follow signs for Ludlow. From the M5 leave at Junction 3 and continue on the A456 through Kidderminster. Continue on the A456 through Tenbury Wells. Turn right onto the A49 and follow signs for Ludlow

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