Shropshire Castles

Ruined but unwrecked

Shropshire has always lived in interesting times. A stormy past has left us with a littering of hillforts, castles and abbeys, which were put to the sword again and again.

You'll find about 25 hillforts - clear evidence of the Iron Age civilisation of around 600BC - built with deep ditches and ramparts to keep out the riff raff.

Offa's Dyke, built by King Offa in the 8th Century to keep the Welsh Princes at bay, is the longest archaeological monument in Britain.

What have the Romans ever done for us? Well they did build Viroconium, the 4th largest city in Roman Britain and Watling Street which connected us with Canterbury. This was indeed a jolly long walk.

We can boast 32 castles in all with Ludlow, StokesayWhittington and Clun being perhaps the finest. Ruined abbeys are reminders of our medieval spiritual past.

Acton Burnell CastleActon Burnell Castle

Acton Burnell Castle is located in a remote village of the same name and isn’t a traditional castle at all, but a fortified manor house.

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Bridgnorth CastleBridgnorth Castle

Today the remains of Bridgnorth Castle, set on a cliff by the side of the River Severn, are little more than a ruin.

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Chirk CastleChirk Castle

Chirk Castle is an awe-inspiring, magnificent 700 year-old Marcher fortress with commanding views.

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Clun CastleClun Castle

Clun castle was built in the motte and bailey style around the 1100’s by the Norman, Robert de Say.

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Ludlow CastleLudlow Castle

Construction of Ludlow Castle began in the late 11th Century as the border stronghold of one of the Marcher Lords, Roger De Lacy.

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Moreton Corbet CastleMoreton Corbett Castle

Moreton Corbet Castle is a magnificent and unusual, ornate ruin that is, disturbingly atmospheric.

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Powis Castle & GardenPowis Castle & Garden

Powis Castle and Gardens was built around 1200 and houses a beautiful collection of textiles, bronzes, ivory and jade from India.

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Shrewsbury CastleShrewsbury Castle

Shrewsbury castle as it can be today is a Norman red sandstone construction built by Roger de Montgomery in 1070.

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Stokesay CastleStokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle, near Craven Arms, nestles in peaceful South Shropshire countryside near the Welsh Border.

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Whittington CastleWhittington Castle

Whittington Castle is very impressive and picturesque, situated in the heart of Whittington village.

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