Stokesay Castle nestles in the English countryside just across the border from Knighton, and this English Heritage attraction is one of the country’s finest medieval manor houses. Visitors can explore the dramatic castle, the timber-framed gatehouse that guards it and the quaint little parish church, and together the three of them make a sight that’ll have you reaching for your camera within moments.
The house dates all the way back to 1291 and was the dream of Lawrence of Ludlow – an affluent local wool merchant. He decided to start anew as a country gentleman and inhabit a fortified manor house “like a castle” – and Stokesay is the result of a decade of hard work. The windows – designed to flood the building with natural light - give the castle the appearance of a family home, and as little has been changed over the centuries a visit to this historic site is like stepping back in time.
The great hall offers a dramatic welcome to all visitors, and the tiled floor inside the north tower is still home to what’s left of a medieval wall painting and what were once the private rooms. The south tower demonstrates how seriously Ludlow took the safety of the castle, as it was self contained and can only be reached via a defensible flight of stairs.