Ludlow "The Perfect Historic Town"
Ludlow Castle & Dinham Bridge

A Town Full of History

A walk through Ludlow's main streets and quiet lanes is to walk through over 900 years of history. 

Ludlow's History
Broad Steet, Ludlow

Ludlow Castle

The construction of the Ludlow Castle started around 1085, with many later additions in the following two centuries. It is one of the most interesting castles in the Marches, in a dominant and imposing position high above the River Teme.

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The Inner Bailey, Ludlow Castle
Broadgate, Ludlow
The Buttercross, Ludlow

Shropshire Hills

Situated on the edge of The Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ludlow is the perfect base to explore this glorious area.

Things To Do near Ludlow
High Vinnalls, near Ludlow

Enjoy the View

With many beautiful buildings and fantastic views, Ludlow is a great place for a stroll.

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Ludlow viewed from Whitcliffe
Market Steet, Ludlow


A Guide to Ludlow

From it's ancient Castle to it's peaceful back streets, exploring Ludlow is a real pleasure. A lively friendly feel combines with over 800 years of history; with many cafes, bars, shops, beautiful & fascinating architecture and greenery all around; a visit to Ludlow will not disappoint.

Shopping in Ludlow

Shopping In Ludlow

One of Ludlow's strengths is its wide and varied range of individualistic shops, mostly independently owned, including traditional family businesses where shopping for food, clothing, crafts, gifts, antiques, art, books and many specialist products is an enjoyable voyage of discovery.

Ludlow Market

A traditional open-air market takes place in the Market Square every Monday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year, with Wednesday markets from April to September. In addition most Sundays see the market stalls being used either as a flea market or for various specialist themes, such as books, gardens or crafts. A Local Farmers Market, is held on the second Thursday of each month.
For more information please visit our Ludlow Market page.

Festivals and Events in Ludlow

Ludlow's daily life is considerably enriched throughout the year by a series of festivals, fairs and carnivals many set against the backdrop of Ludlow Castle. These include The Spring Festival, Ludlow Food and Drink Festival and the Medieval Christmas Fayre.
To see our What's On in Ludlow section please click here.

Pizza Ten, Ludlow

Eating Out in Ludlow

There are currently several restaurants in or near Ludlow with entries in the current Michelin Guide. And this statistic is not just confined to Michelin. The AA Restaurant Guide and the Which? Good Food Guide show the same conclusions. Ludlow offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and pub food, afternoon teas as well as foreign cuisine from India, China, Thailand and Japan. There is an eating place to satisfy all tastes and budgets, many of which make a point of offering locally-sourced ingredients
Click here for a list of places to eat in Ludlow

Ludlow Walks

Ludlow is surrounded by ideal countryside for walking. Walks from the town lead out to forests and farmland; the Shropshire Hills are a short bus or car ride away. Ludlow is at the start of the Mortimer Trail, a long-distance path to Kington on the Herefordshire/Wales border.
For more information on Ludlow Walks please visit our Walking page.

High Vinnalls

Cycling Around Ludlow

Ludlow and the surrounding south Shropshire countryside is an ideal cycling area. The beautiful hilly countryside which includes the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has many quiet country lanes, forest areas and planned routes to suit cyclists of all abilities.
For more information on Cycling in Ludlow & south Shropshire visit our cycling page.

Leisure & Arts

Ludlow Assembly Rooms is an arts centre providing cinema, music, and drama.
For the latest programme details phone 01584 878141 or visit their website.

Ludlow Leisure Centre, at Bromfield Road, provides a range of modern facilities including a sports hall, swimming pool, fitness and health suites, courts for hire and a refreshment area. The centre is open daily. Please visit their website for more details.

Explore South Shropshire

South Shropshire

Ludlow is a good base to explore this area from: within an hour (often much less), you can experience the delights of Shrewsbury, Shropshire's county town; the cathedral city of Hereford; the south Shropshire Hills such as the Longmynd, Caer Caradoc, the Stiperstones and Wenlock Edge; sample real Herefordshire cider and perry; visit Ironbridge, the birthplace of the industrial revolution and an UNESCO World Heritage Site; or explore the uncrowded hills and valleys of Mid-Wales.

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