The glorious county of Shropshire is well known for its embarrassment of historical riches. It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that the county is home to one of the country's most impressive castles – Ludlow Castle. The Ludlow area is also served by some exquisite hotels.
A Brief History of Ludlow Castle
The dramatic castle at Ludlow was built shortly after the Norman Conquest. Build dates are estimated at around 1066-85. At the time, the castle would have been one of only a handful of stone castles in England.
During the castle's long life, it has played a role in the Wars of the Roses, hosted plays by the great John Milton and even acted briefly as the capital of Wales! Today, the enormous structure is open to tourists and is used as a centre for events. While the castle is officially listed as a ruin, English Heritage describe the site as a 'remarkably complete multi-phase complex.'
A Centre for Events
Ludlow Castle isn't only an attraction for tourists and history buffs. Such a romantic site is also the perfect location for weddings and civil ceremonies. The truly special building is surrounded by idyllic countryside. With a host of luxurious and cheap hotels in Shropshire, it's an ideal spot for your big day. Whether you choose to stay in the shadow of the castle itself or further into the Shropshire countryside is up to you.
Staying near Ludlow Castle
Ludlow Castle is situated in the very South of Shropshire. The small and picturesque village of Ludlow is home to some charming guest houses and B&Bs, but the surrounding area can offer even more variety. The Shropshire Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) are just a short drive to the North of Ludlow. The historic market town of Shrewsbury is another popular destination, packed with excellent hotels, as well as great independent shops and restaurants.
The quaint village of Much Wenlock is a short distance away from Ludlow, and is a peaceful and charming place to stay in Shropshire. Other options include the vibrant town of Telford and the naturally gorgeous landscapes of North Wales, which lies just a short distance to the west of Ludlow Castle.