Ludlow Castle has been described as one of the finest medieval ruins in the country, and it certainly lives up to its name. The ancient castle and grounds cannot be precisely dated, but it is thought some of the earliest work on the site dates back to the 11th century. During its long history the castle played host to many noble men and women, kings, and queens. Recognisable names among the visitors include Prince Arthur, Henry VIII’s brother and Queen Mary I.
The castles appearance changed over the years, as it moved from being a Norman Fortress to a Royal Palace, and lastly, something resembling a stately home. Its owners changed along with it, as the De Lacy and Mortimer families, and the Duke of York- Richard Plantagenet all took control. Royal ownership began in 1461 and lasted for 350 years until the castle was abandoned. Since the ruins were rescued, Ludlow Castle has been in the hands of the Earls of Powis, who have turned the castle into the visitor attraction it is today.
Visitors can view the Round Chapel, which was dedicated to St Mary Magdelene, the Great Tower Gatehouse Keep, which dates from the 11th/12th centuries, and the North Range. This is the collection of buildings where the family home was located, and included a central hall, great hall, solar wing, kitchens, and the Garderobe Tower. The rooms in these buildings were once richly furnished with tapestries and other furnishings.
If you visit the castle, you’ll also find tea rooms, gift shops, self-catering luxury apartments, a wedding venue and an event space. The castle rooms and grounds are busy all year round with guided tours, food tastings, bird of prey events, archery, medieval handicraft demos, and living history events for all the family. The castle is located in the centre of Ludlow, and is easily accessible via the A49.