Ludlow Castle History

Follow the Fascinating History of Treachery, Love and Royalty at Ludlow Castle

In the Early Days

1086 Walter de lacy starts to build Ludlow Castle after coming over here in 1066 with William the Conqueror

Visit the de Lacy Chronicles website

The Mortimers

The Mortimer family arrived in the wake of William the Conqueror.

Their story is a colourful picture of ambition, power, rivalry and various attempts to claim the throne.

The Young Princes

The Princes in the Tower spent their childhood playing around the North Range, Great Hall and Tudor Lodgings before their fateful trip to London

The Royal Castle

Throughout the 16th and 17th Century Ludlow Castle was held by the Crown

Everyday Life in the Castle

Many people would have lived within the Castle walls from important nobles to chambermaids and farriers.

Sports and Leisure

The Georgians and Victorians used the castle as a bowling green, for archery, hunting, agricultural shows and later plays and festivals

The Arts and
Ludlow Castle

On special occasions entertainment in the castle goes back as far as the 16th Century

High Days and Holidays

By 1689 the castle was a ruin but then, with the coming of the railway to Ludlow in 1852 and travel being more accessible to all, it became a tourist Attraction

Restoration Project

An exciting and ambitious renovation to the Castle House within the castle walls was completed in 2007.

High Days and Holidays


Fairs and feast days were highlights for both the peasants and the nobles. On holy days (holidays) such as Christmas and Easter, everyone attended mass and then enjoyed feasting and festivities. Trade fairs and special market days, often held on the feast days of saints were also occasions for fun and frolics. Merchants came from distant lands to buy and sell goods, and alongside the trading came the many and varied entertainments - drama, music, acrobats, minstrels and balladeers.

May day, midsummer's eve and harvest were also celebrated with special events.

Yuletide Fools - At Christmas time the Festival of Fools (jesters) was very popular entertainment. A fool was elected to be a mock bishop. He was dressed up in fake vestments and led people to church, where he delivered a mocking service in gibberish nonsense and sang rude songs!