The Ludlow of today is often described as the gastronomic capital of Shropshire, and given the quality of the local produce, and high quality restaurants, it’s no surprise this Shropshire town has garnered such a reputation. A lively market town, Ludlow has regular produce, craft, antique, and general markets in its ancient square, along with specialist food shops, and a variety of inns and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.
The town itself is a picture of times past, with over 500 listed buildings, some of which are in the half-timbered or Georgian styles. You’ll also find Ludlow Castle dominating the town’s skyline, which is a popular visitor attraction and home to many festivals and outdoor performances. Also worth a visit are Ludlow Museum, and St Laurence’s Church. One of the largest parish churches in the country, it has many striking Medieval or Norman features, and some impressive stained glass.
If you wish to make Ludlow a base for a holiday or short break, then you’ll find plenty of accommodation choices in the town and surrounding area. Staying here will delight fans of architecture, as many of the hotels and inns are historical building conversions, such as Waterdine Inn, a 16th Century Longhouse or Feathers Hotel, a Jacobean Inn. Once you’ve explored the town, or attended one of the many events held throughout the year, you may want to explore the rest of Shropshire too. Ludlow is in the heart of South Shropshire, an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there are plenty of valleys and moorland to explore. Clun and Stokesay also have castles, while there’s also a famous microbrewery in Bishops Castle, a historic farm at Acton Scott, and the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms. Here you will find the ‘Secret Hills’ discovery centre, which houses an exhibition and gallery. It’s also the starting point for many walks in the area.
If you want to explore further afield, then Shrewsbury is within easy reach by road or rail, and while you’re exploring the county you could take in National Trust properties, like Dudmaston Hall, family attractions such as Rays Farm, or The Welsh Guards Collection museum in Oswestry. There’s so much to see and do in Shropshire, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and you may even find links with some famous people too. Among them is A.E Housman, an English Poet, who found fame with his collection of poems called ‘A Shropshire Lad’. His ashes are buried in St Laurence’s Church in Ludlow.
All in all, the Ludlow of today is a thriving town, built on a reputation for high quality produce, a pride in its built architecture, and a respect for a history that includes links with many Kings and Queens. Whether you choose Ludlow as a base for an activity holiday, as somewhere from which to explore the rest of Shropshire, or are just looking for an interesting market town in one of the quieter counties of the UK, Ludlow can fit the bill.