I took a day trip one weekend to visit these castles. The ride was a nice day, and there is even time for a picnic lunch.
Somehow I ended up in Wales slightly after visiting Clun, which was an interesting detour. Some people say Clun is part of Wales, and otehr s say England, it is all about a location of a ditch between the two countries that people dug ages ago. There is even a page for Clun on a Castles in Wales website. On this site, the location is described as in Shopshire, so I am simply not clear on the issue. Either way, it is located on the map I have provided, despite borders.
A special thanks to Andy for identifying these photos a Ludlow castle. It has been a mystery to me for 10 years. Cheers!
Ludlow Castle is in the middle of the town of Ludlow in Shopshire. I had a bit of difficulty finding a place to park and when I went they were setting up for a graduation ceremony on the castle grounds so you can imagine the scene, but despite the difficulties of my visit, the castle itself was really nice to visit.
Stokesay Castle is a nice short stop for the day while in Shopshire. There is a tape recording that you can rent to listen to as you go through the castle which helps you better understand the history of the building.
Stokesay is not actually a castle; it is a fortified manor. It is also the best preserved manor house in England.
The perfect place to picnic. I think out of all the castles I have visited, this one stands out as my favorite. The setting is simply romantic.