Welcome to This Is Ludlow, a site all about the gastronomic capital of Shropshire. Although Shropshire is known as one of the quieter counties in the UK, when it comes to Ludlow it has got plenty to shout about. Browse through the rest of this site and you can find out more about Ludlow’s history, Ludlow’s food and drink industry, its castle, and of course what you can expect from the Ludlow of today. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect from the heart of South Shropshire.
Things To See And Do: Ludlow is a thriving market town, and if you attend on market day you’ll see a wide choice of stalls selling local produce, arts and craft, or antiques. There’s also an interesting range of independent food and drink shops, a small museum on the town’s history, and the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. This arts and community centre runs a regular program of music, film, theatre, comedy, and community workshops. Community spirit is also alive in the town’s event program, which includes the Ludlow Food And Drink Festival, and other events at the castle, such as archery workshops, and a bird of prey event. Ludlow is also a good base from which to explore the local walks and cycle paths, or take part in outdoor pursuits. Country homes, countryside and heritage centres, traditional churches, and family friendly attractions such as farm parks, can be found in the surrounding areas, and the towns of Shrewsbury, Telford, and Ironbridge, all have plenty to see and do.
Accommodation: Staying in Ludlow is sure to be a treat, with many traditional buildings transformed into inns and hotels. There’s Dinham Hall, dating from the 18th century, Overton Grange, an Edwardian Manor, and The Feathers Hotel, an internationally known Jacobean hotel. If you’re looking for something a little more low key, then the Shropshire tourism online directory also lists 32 guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, some of which are in enviable locations, with views over the surrounding countryside. There are choices to suit all tastes and budgets, which are either centrally located or not far from all the town’s amenities. There’s even an eco-friendly log cabin with disabled access.
Getting To Ludlow: Shropshire’s location on the North Wales border, surrounded by three other counties, means access should never be a problem. You’ll find Shropshire links to the M6 motorway, with the A49, A5, A53, and A458 possible choices, which will lead to Ludlow and the surrounding Shropshire Hills. If you want to arrive in Ludlow by train, then you could get the Manchester to Cardiff line, which calls at Ludlow, or the Heart Of Wales line, which stops in nearby Church Stretton and Craven Arms. Other choices include National Express Coaches which travel into Shropshire, bus services that run into Ludlow from Shrewsbury, Hereford, or Kidderminster, and Route 44 of the National Cycle Network.