Ludlow isn't short of accolades, such as "the perfect historic town", "the best market town in England", and so on.
Ludlow's castle was started in 1086, on a hill overlooking the River Teme, in the beautiful and unspoilt border countryside known as the Welsh Marches. Ludlow has a fascinating history. Its medieval street pattern survives almost intact, along with many ancient properties including the magnificent ruined castle and one of the largest parish churches in England. There are over 500 listed buildings in the town, and you will find very few modern buildings in the town centre.
As well as people visiting the town to breathe in the atmosphere whilst exploring the narrow streets and alleyways of the town centre, they also come to use Ludlow as an ideal base for exploring the Shropshire hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Just a short walk from the castle leads you to the River Teme, and beyond it Whitcliffe Common and Mortimer Forest, full of excellent walks with great views over the town and countryside. Within easy travelling distance are the Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains, as well as the Ironbridge Gorge, the beautiful and fascinating birthplace of the industrial revolution. Most of the neighbouring towns and villages in Shropshire and Herefordshire are also full of character and well worth visiting.
Ludlow is famous for food and drink and its festivals. As well as many high quality eating places in the town, many of which are featured in good food guides, there are some outstanding food shops, including three excellent butchers, three independent bakers, cheese shops, delis and more.
The countryside around Ludlow houses many small food and drink producers who are passionate about their products, which sell in Ludlow's food shops and market. Local pubs serve a wide variety of real ales, the vast majority of which are brewed by micro-breweries in Shropshire and Herefordshire. Ludlow's own brewery now has a visitor centre which is well worth a visit.
Ludlow Spring Festival - 2nd weekend in May, this is based in Ludlow Castle and features beer (150 real ales from Wales and the Marches), bread and bangers - as well as vintage vehicles, music, cider, perry and lots of other food and drink. Great fun for all the family.
Ludlow Festival - two weeks at the end of June/beginning of July, its centerpiece is the open air Shakespeare production in the Inner Bailey of Ludlow Castle, but there are also many other music and literary events.
Ludlow Food Festival, which was the first of its kind in Britain, is an amazing spectacle, full of atmosphere and a showcase for the best food and drink from the Marches. More than 150 quality, local food and drink producers inside the castle, and plenty of other foody things happening throughouut the town centre, especially the Sausage Trail, Bread Trail and Real Ale Trail. Second weekend in September - accommodation fills up very quickly for this one!
Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre takes place towards the end of November. It's hugely popular, with a great atmosphere inside the castle and around town. Crafts, music, ideal for Christmas shopping.
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For more information on Ludlow and things to do, places to see and where to eat, visit the Ludlow web site www.ludlow.org.uk
Other web sites that may be of interest:
St Laurence's Church