Ludlow, in the county of Shropshire, England, is a town famed for its magnificent and partly ruined medieval castle that stands overlooking the river Teme. This castle was founded in the 11th century by Walter de Lacy. During the middle ages, Ludlow Castle was sometimes used as the seat of the English Government in Wales, and was the most integral strategic stronghold of the Welsh Borders during the middle ages.
For the next few centuries, the castle remained mostly the property of the de Lacy family, though it changed hands several times during the course of the Civil War, before being returned to the hands of Gilbert de Lacy. The castle was taken into the care of the crown several times, while still being owned by its founding family, until in the early 14th century, when Ludlow castle passed, via marriage, to the Mortimer family. The then most powerful man in England - Roger Mortimer, the 1st Earl of March - had the castle enlarged into an impressively grand palace for himself.
Today, the castle is a Grade I listed building as well as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and most of the remaining walls of the castle are from either the 12th or 13th centuries. Visitors to Ludlow Castle are charged and entrance fee of £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.