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Stokesay Castle, Ludlow

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  • Didn't know anything about Stokesay Castle before visiting it was purely a spur of the moment thing but it was a pleasant surprise. Lovely little castle in a beautiful location. The staff are very fri...  more »
  • I thought this place would not be worth a visit because I hadn't heard of it or seen it advertised but how very pleased we were to find it. It is truly one of the most fascinating and intriguing place...  more »
  • Stokesay is a fortified manor house, rather than a castle, but no less interesting. It is small enough that 1 - 2 hours will cover a complete tour. The recorded guide (included in the price) is partic...  more »
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  • Wonderful time at Stokesay on Sunday. We arrived to a minstrel playing in the courtyard. The people in costume and in character to portray the era was brilliant. They stayed in character and explained everything from tenants paying their rent to dining in the solar room. No one touched the spinach tart though!!! The costumes were amazing from the duchess to the servants. Will visit again.
  • A fortified 13th century manor house rather than a castle, this is a real hidden gem – not really visible from the road so I suspect it's missed by most people. Visiting Stokesay is a bit like stepping onto a Tim Burton film set (just search for it on Instagram for proof): it's so perfectly atmospheric and photogenic with it's glowing warm yellow gatehouse, and wonky leaded casement windows overlooking the graveyard. The audio guide (which is FREE!) is essential and gives a fascinating history of the place. It's hard to imagine just what a bustling hive of activity this place would have been in its heyday. (Note: if you're not good with stairs and/or uneven surfaces, Stokesay is not going to be great for you I'm afraid.) If you can manage it (it's only 2 flights of steps), make sure you head to the top of the South Tower for magnificent views across the Shropshire contryside, and down onto the impressive and lichen-covered roof of the Great Hall: I've visited on a sunny day in Autumn, which was glorious – all long shadows and golden, glowing trees with cows paddling in the mill pond – and a damp, foggy day which gave the full spooky, Sleepy Hollow effect... I was half expecting to see a headless horseman galloping out of the graveyard. Either way, it looks to me like they may need a few more funds to keep this place in good working order, so just get yourself there and immerse yourself in the magic. Then afterwards, head up the road into Ludlow for a spot of lunch/dinner... The perfect day out. PS There's a shop, and very little tea room so don't expect much choice, but I've had perfectly good tea and scones both times I've visited. It's one of those places that leave you knowing you'll come back again one day...
  • Lovely Tranquil spot , ideal for picnics with the family , stunning 360 views of the country side from the tower (not too many stairs to climb) , for a full history of the place audio guides are available for free and come recommended. Facilities include Toilets, shop, audio guides and plenty of free parking. Currently (June 2016) scaffolding is erected from part of the building for conservation work
  • Brilliant day. Loved the show they put. And the castle walking round it .Very well presented and planned out. LOVED IT.
  • A great place to visit and lots was going on with festival of flowers. The staff friendly and a good interesting Audio Guide provided.