Ludlow Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AY

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Built in the 11th Century as a border stronghold, Ludlow Castle has been involved in some of the most significant moments of British history. Only 20 years after the Norman Conquest, Roger de Lacy, a Marcher Lord, began work on construction of the castle. Roger Mortimer enlarged the Castle in the 14th century, and it was later involved in the Wars of the Roses, as the home of Richard, Duke of York. The castle became Crown property in 1461. The Council of the Marches was established when Edward IV sent his eldest son, Prince Edward, to Ludlow, to preside over the Council keeping order on the Welsh border. In 1501 Prince Arthur (elder brother of Henry VIII) brought his bride, Catherine of Aragon, to Ludlow before his early death six months later. Catherine later married Henry VIII and their daughter, Mary Tudor (Mary I), spent three winters at Ludlow from 1525 to 1528. Sir Henry Sidney lived and worked in the Castle as President of the Council of the Marches for 20 years in the 16th century. He was responsible for the last major extension to the Castle. In 1811 the ruins were purchased from the Crown by the second Earl of Powis and remain privately owned and maintained by the family.

The 19th century Castle House is built within the walls of the castle. It was renovated in 2007 to create a function room and three holiday apartments. The Beacon Rooms are available for civil wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate events, and private parties ranging in size from 2 to 250. Civil ceremonies may also be held in the Round Chapel, a rare example of a church with a round nave.  The castle grounds are the perfect backdrop for wedding photos.

The three self-catering apartments are available for 3, 4 and 7 night stays. Each sleeps 4 with two bedrooms and two bathrooms (some en-suite). They have well-equipped kitchens and sitting – dining rooms with views of the castle and the surrounding countryside.  The Henry Sidney apartment welcomes well-behaved dogs. New in 2023: a newly renovated historic townhouse a short walk from, and within sight of, the castle walls. This property sleeps 4, with a large garden; dogs are welcome.

As well as being open as a visitor attraction all year round, the castle also holds events throughout the year and is host to Ludlow Food Festival.

Pre-booked group and school visits are welcome; tours can be arranged with our tour guide for adults or children.  Archaeological tours are held regularly at weekends. Contact for details.

Visit our gift shop, along with Castle Gallery (an independent shop), and the Chapter 66 Restaurant-Café.

Please check our website before travelling: the castle may be closed for events, or in adverse weather conditions.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (16+)£9.00 adult
Child (5-15)£4.50 child
Child under 5Free
Family (2 adult and up to 4 children)£25.00 family

Group bookings arranged 2 weeks in advance: 10% off normal price


Road Directions

From the junction of the A5/A49 (S) Shrewsbury, take the A49 south to Ludlow.  Follow signs for Ludlow Town centre.  At the traffic lights at the top of Corve Street, turn right along King Street and follow the road to the castle (please note there is no parking at the castle; the nearest car park is in Castle Square, a 1 minute walk from the castle).

Public Transport Directions

Ludlow Railway station is on the Manchester to Cardiff line with trains also running from North Wales.  The castle is 10 minutes walk from the station.



  • Disabled Accessibility - Some


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Non smoking establishment

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Opening Times

* Please check website for Openings and times on our website :

Please check our website before travelling: the castle may be closed for events, or in adverse weather conditions.

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