Set in the glorious Shropshire countryside, head to Ludlow Castle and delve into one of the finest medieval ruins in England. Explore the Castle grounds to see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility – feel transported back in time as you sneak a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society. Learn of the castle’s extensive history, from when it was first became Crown property in 1461, to when it was abandoned in 1689 and quickly fell into ruin, being dubbed ‘the very perfection of decay’ by Daniel Defoe.
Head to Stokesay Castle and step into the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Discover its great hall, which has remained unchanged for over 700 years. Admire the timbers of the 17th-century gatehouse as you spot characters carved into the wooden surface. Climb to the top of a fairy-tale tower for breath taking views over the Shropshire Hills, or drive over to Hawkstone Park Hollies for the nature lover’s paradise. With over 100 species recorded at the Follies, bird watchers will feel spoiled for choice. Stroll though woodlands thick with oak, beech and silver birch as you keep an eye out for the small birds that call the canopy of treetops home – from treecreepers to jays and woodpeckers. Climb the towering sandstone cliffs to spot peregrine falcons nesting against a stunning backdrop over the glorious countryside.
Drive over to The Mere, the largest of Shropshire’s meres at 46 hectares. Set at the edge of Ellesmere in North Shropshire, The Mere is a unique legacy left by the melting ice of 10,000 years ago. Hire rowing boats during the summer for a relaxing afternoon on the water, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the best green spaces in the country. Be transported back in time as you admire The Mere’s motte and bailey castle, which once provided a look-out point across the surrounding landscape.