Castles Galore for a Cultural Tour
Shropshire is steeped in history with battlefields, castles and ancient ruins, each having a story to tell. Here are some of our favourite nearby magnificent castles for you to tour and explore during your stay at Riverside Cabins.
Distance: 42 miles (1 hour drive)
Set in the heart of the bustling black and white market town of Ludlow, the castle is one of the finest medieval ruins in England. Wander through the castle gardens and see the ancient houses of kings,queens and judges for a glimpse of medieval life.
Originally a Norman fortress, it became extended over the years to become a fortified Royal Palace. It became Crown property in 1461 and remained a royal castle for 350 years.Today the castle is home to Ludlow’s legendary festivals and is open throughout the year.
Powis Castle (National Trust)
Distance:22 miles (38 mins drive)
Built in the 13th century by the Welsh ruler of Powys Gruffudd up Gwenwynwyn, the castle sits high on a rock above its world famous garden near Welshpool. With an amazing collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries, you’ll be surprised at what you discover here. It is also home to the Clive Museum, showcasing one of Britain’s most significant collections of south Asian artifacts. This summer it also welcomes the BBC Antiques Roadshow on Tuesday 19 July (ticketed event).
Distance: 12 miles (27 mins drive)
Having helped to protect the town from invaders since 1074, the elegant sandstone castle that you see today was modified by Thomas Telford in the 18th century and offers fine views across the city and river. The Soldiers of Shropshire Museum is housed in the main castle building.
Distance: 9.7 miles (17 mins drive)
The very picturesque 12th century Norman gatehouse and castle near Oswestry formed part of a chain of fortified buildings with tales of bitter border warfare, romance and legend. Free to enter, it was once residence of the Fitzwarine family, the Earldom of Chester, one of the most powerful Earldoms under the rule of Edward I. The beautiful gardens and adjoining meadows are home to resident wildlife including swans Lady Beatrice and Sir Tom. Look out for a range of events including open air theatre and battle re-enactments!
Oswestry Hillfort (English Heritage)
Distance: 11.5 miles (21 mins drive)
One of the best preserved hill forts in Britain, it was built and occupied during the Iron Age 800BC - AD43. During this time, Britain was divided into many tribal territories and this was a likely stronghold and principal settlement for one these. It was in use for almost 1000 years and is a fine example of a multiple rampart hillfort. During the First Word War, it was used for military training, with the Poet Wilfred Owen, who was born nearby, completing his training here.
Whether you visit just one or pack a few into one day - you will definitely get your castle fix! Only question is - which one will you visit first?