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“Great Place to Go!”
Review of Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Ludlow
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ludlow Castle is an unusually complete range of medieval buildings with a varied history evident within its walls. We are host to a number of events that run between April and November, information of which is available at the local tourist information centre and on our website. Castle House was one of the last grand mansions built in Ludlow. It was sympathetically restored in 2006 by the current Earl of Powis and provides a range of Independent shops, Tea Rooms with an idyllic outside terrace during the summer months; function rooms that are available for civil ceremonies, weddings, parties, wakes, meetings The 3 no. self catering apartments are available for 3, 4 and 7 night stays. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, well equipped kitchens and sitting/dining rooms and views of the castle that are unparalleled. The Tea Room is a traditional English tea room with a glazed Courtyard, Pantry, Study and Garden Terrace. It is child and dog friendly with a welcoming and enthusiastic team, serving something for everyone. There are loose-leaf teas, cafeteria coffees, fresh juices and quality wines. A range of freshly prepared cakes and cream teas are available all day. There is a lovely walk around the outside of the castle where you are surrounded by natural woodland and outstanding views of the castle walls, River Teme and Whitcliffe Common.
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“Great Place to Go!”
Reviewed 30 August 2009

This is a fantastic place to go with the kids (and dogs). The castle is very open, has lots of passageways and towers to climb and has loads of history behind it. The guide book is great but there are also good information boards all around the castle. As well as all this it is very cheap to get in and the people are extremely helpful and will let you leave the castle and return later if you want. During the school holidays they have special activities for kids inside the castle, so check out their website before going.

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“Ludlow Castle leaves Warwick Castle in the dust!”
Reviewed 6 January 2009

LUDLOW IS FANTASTIC

http://www.ludlowcastle.com/

As a Brit, having lived abroad all over the world for many years, I am often in the Midlands to visit my parents. I'm also a huge history buff and as the area has so much to see I'm really keen you don't waste your time on tourist traps like Warwick Castle. If you like history you will LOVE Ludlow. The castle is the proverbial cream on the cake.

REASONS TO LOVE LUDLOW CASTLE:

Ludlow is not far from Warwick and is a beautiful town built along a strategic river valley. For centuries the area was lawless and fought over by Welsh Chieftains and the Saxon invaders (English) and later on the Normans who largely built the current castle on a promontory.

1. Cheap entrance fee
2. Castle House Lodgings- Gorgeous self-catering accommodation available actually in the castle walls, in the recently completed renovation project. If this great place doesn't suit you then there is the most haunted hotel in England also along the castle walls. I stayed in it as the Castle House Lodging was not yet complete, and so as not to sound like some kook I'm not going to say anything more about that experience........
3. Amazing history- for example the well know story of the 2 young prices murdered in the Tower of London, neglects to mention how they grew up in Ludlow castle prior to be interned in the Tower. Catherine of Aragon spent the honeymoon of her first marriage in Ludlow Castle, before leaving for London as a young widow, ultimately to become the fist of Henry VIII's wives.
4. One of the best preserved and earliest examples of a round chapel in Europe.
5. The town of Ludlow is an architectural delight. Warwick town is also pretty but Ludlow is awesome. Make sure you walk down the river and back up on one of the parallel streets.
6. Lack of crowds- you can enjoy the wonderful buildings practically to yourself!
7. John Milton (1604-1674) wrote Comus, his world famous “masque” in 1634, and it was first performed at Ludlow Castle on 29 September 1634 before the Right Honourable John Earl of Bridgwater, Lord President of the Wales

COMPARE TO DREADFUL WARWICK CASTLE

1. Huge distance from parking to the Warwick castle- and if you have people with you who may obviously have difficulty with the trek the people manning the gates do not have the sheer decency to inform you of this physical obstacle. I saw families with infirm relatives and people in wheel chairs clearly having problems and overhead several surprised and disappointed people complaining amongst themselves. Considering they must have a dozen people a day complaining to them specifically about this it can only be purely deliberate and self-serving. "Just get them through the gates and don't worry about!"

2. GBP 13.50 entrance fee- completely laughable - they obviously operate in a bubble with no sense of equity on what constitutes value for money. Ludlow by comparison is GBP 4.50

3. Disneyfied - but in all the WRONG ways. Every bit of integrity is sacrificed to a "ye olde" theme-park feel and wringing every last pound out of the visitor as you are herded through like cattle. Ludlow is the opposite.

4. CROWDS and crowds of people. By comparison at Ludlow Castle you practically have the amazing, romantic castle all to yourself. Whatever sense of mystery Warwick might have had is lost.

Coming back to UK to visit quite often I am struck by how overpriced many high-profile things are. However if you make a little bit more of an effort you can often be pleasantly surprised by places like Ludlwo Castle.

I really don't like the fact that many people might leave the country after visiting Warwick Castle and such places, without seeing the full and real picture.


For the cynics out there I have absolutely no financial interests in making you go to Ludlow. My parents live in Worcester. It is purely a genuine enthusiasm for the place and a huge distaste of rip-off Warwick Castle (which obviously has very clever PR and seems to get all the press).

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