Our guide to Ludlow

Home to lively markets, food fairs, specialty food shops, over 500 listed buildings and a castle described as 'the epitome of what a castle ought to be,' Ludlow really is a feast for the eyes.

Our guide to Ludlow

The heart of the town - Ludlow Castle

History Lovers

The famous castle is the beating heart of this small market town...

Originally a Norman Fortress, Ludlow Castle has been extended over centuries to become the fortified Royal Palace it is today. It first became royal property in 1461 and remained that way for the next 350 years. During this time, the castle was home to the Council of the Marches, which was responsible for the government of Wales and the border counties.

Unlike most Norman castles, many of the buildings still stand and its amazing history is reflected in its varied architecture from the Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods. 

The castle really comes alive during the summer months. A tradition since 1634, a play is performed in the open air within the inner bailey.

Last but by no means least, the castle is home to a fantastic family friendly tea room which serves a good range of freshly prepared soups, sandwiches and jacket potatoes throughout the day. Better yet – there is a wide range of high quality wines!

Culture Vultures

Ludlow may be landlocked, but you can still enjoy a day at the beach without the beach...

Okay, okay, so there’s no sea and there’s no sand, but let us explain why The Millennium Green reminds us of being on a beach. Firstly, this is one of the few areas the River Teme can be freely and easily accessed. Secondly, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a picnic (without the sand) and soak up the sun. And finally, if you're feeling brave, you can even take a dip. 

The area was formerly the site of an old water powered corn mill but now it's the perfect place to come and relax and feed the ducks.

Plenty to choose from at the Ludlow Food Centre
There's plenty to choose from at the Ludlow Food Centre

Food Haven

A little bit of France near the Welsh border....

The town boasts an impressive number of independent specialist food shops all selling some of the finest products Shropshire has to offer. 

There is a 'Local to Ludlow' farmers market held on the second and fourth Thursday every month, but if you can't make the market - don't fret. The Ludlow Food Centre is situated two miles north of Ludlow and sells the best local meats, breads, dairy and homemade jams and pickles under one roof. It's also got a fantastic cafe so you can sample some of the goods before taking them home with you! It's like a little bit of France near the Welsh border.  A must-visit is the Ludlow Food Festival which is attended by tens of thousands of food lovers every year.

Ludlow Food Festival
Thousands of people visit the annual Ludlow Food Festival


Our favourites

Fabulous French: Can’t quite make it to the South of France this year? Well thanks to the French Pantry, you can feel like you have. A little deli and bistro located in the heart of the town, you can eat the finest French dishes without having to leave the county. If you are feeling really adventurous, pop down and try the Snails ‘a la Bourguignon’

Perfect Pint: If you fancy a pint, there’s nowhere better than the Ludlow Brewery. Located in a specially converted railway,  the building houses a whopping 20 barrel brewing system. They produce over half a million pints of good beer for those who enjoy a proper pint. 

Enjoy the perfect pint at the Ludlow brewery
Enjoy the perfect pint at the Ludlow brewery

Wonderful Walk: Ludlow is situated right on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, so the town is not short of beautiful scenery that’s perfect for an afternoon stroll. Don't miss the fantastic walk around the castle grounds which is steeped in centuries of fascinating history. 

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