The market town of Ludlow in South Shropshire has many things to offer it’s many visitors. A plethora of medieval and Tudor-style buildings bring a touch of olde-England to this delightful Shropshire town. There’s also a wealth of fantastic restaurants and Inns, wonderful Shropshire countryside and many fantastic annual festivals.
Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoilt hills of south Shropshire and the Welsh borders, known as the Welsh Marches. It’s always popular with walkers and there are many forest and farm trails that start from the town itself. The Clee Hills, which are the highest point in Shropshire, are also visible from the town. The Shropshire Hills are within in easy reach via a short bus or car ride away. Ludlow is also the start for the Mortimer Trail, a long-distance path to Kington on the Herefordshire/Wales border.
At the heart of this beautiful market town is the marvel that is Ludlow Castle. One of the finest medieval ruins in the country. Set in the picturesque Shropshire countryside, you can walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of medieval royalty or relax in one of the tea rooms of browse the gift shop. Ludlow Castle is also the setting for regular events, markets, and even concerts and is open all year for all to enjoy.
Other facilities available in the Castle grounds include Castle House which is available for Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions, Conferences and the Castle House Lodgings accommodation.
Ludlow, as a market town, provides frequent opportunities to visit one if its famous markets throughout your stay. The town square market consists of many stalls selling a wide range oflocal fayre, including books and a selection of local craft stalls. There are also Christmas markets in December.
Ludlow retains the original essence of an old English town with a wide range of independently owned traditional businesses and shops. There are also art galleries and craft shops . It also offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and Inns in Ludlow. Indeed, seven restaurants in or near Ludlow have entries in the current Michelin Guide.
Festivals, fairs and carnivals
Ludlow has many fayres and festivals throughout the year, all worthy of a visit and an must do experience for anyone staying nearby.
The Spring Festival, which takes place on the second weekend in May. May Fair, on the May Day holiday weekend. In June and July comes the Ludlow Festival – set in the stunning surroundings of Ludlow Castle a wide range of open-air events and fun packed couple of weeks.
For local produce, it’s hard to beat the Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival which is held the second weekend in September.
Finally, step back to Christmas past at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre, based in and around the castle.