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Things to do in and around Ludlow

hills in the background, trees and a running brook beside a path in the foreground

Ludlow is in the centre of some breathtakingly beautiful, varied and unspoilt countryside and is ideally situated for walking - exploring the Welsh Marches, cycling in the Shropshire Hills and visiting the historic black and white villages of north Herefordshire. It has duly received many accolades over the years and is frequently referred to as "the most beautiful town in England".

To a great extent the history of Ludlow has been preserved in its streets and buildings; it is a town that has hardly changed. It has superb architecture (there are over 500 listed buildings) and stunning views. A day simply isn't long enough to see all it has to offer and absorb the atmosphere.

Country Life Magazine named Ludlow 'England's finest market town'

The building of Ludlow Castle probably commenced around 1090. Its varied architecture - Norman, Medieval and Tudor - reflects its long history. There are numerous castles in the marches of Wales, but none can compare with Ludlow in historical importance. It plays host to events, including the Ludlow Food Festivals in May and September and the Medieval Fayre in November, a period Christmas craft market where you can purchase unique and locally produced, hand made items.

Ludlow Castle

For at least 700 years there has been a market in Castle Square, and the open air market still takes place on at least 4 days each week along with a Farmers market and craft market each month.

National Trust Properties & Land Nearby

Berrington Hall is very close. It's lovely to explore how family life was conducted here and how the servants moved around the house 'unseen'. You can experience the life of William Kemp, the butler. There are many events held here - a Heritage Open Day in September and a Kite Festival in July.

Croft Castle is nine miles southwest of Ludlow with ancient woodlands and beautiful walks to Croft Ambrey. Explore the 1000 year history of the Croft family. There are Ancient Tree Walks in June and October and a Medieval Weekend mid-August.

although it's called a castle it doesn't look readily defendable!


Places to Eat

The pubs and restaurants we currently recommend to guests...

The Bakers Arms - Orleton
Friendly country pub with warm atmosphere and lovely outside space. Serves excellent pub grub with a good selection of beers, ciders and wine. Booking essential at weekends.

The Blue Boar Built in 1650 its a traditional pub in the heart of Ludlow with great atmosphere, nice garden and a crackling fire. They provide a relaxed, social dinning experience where they serve local home cooked food and beer.

The Green Cafe - On the bank of the river Teme just below Ludlow Castle
Open 10am - 4:30pm except Mondays. Lunch 12 - 2:30, booking advised. Serving local excellent food made from the produce of small scale growers.

The Charlton Arms. Situated on Ludford Bridge in Ludlow with restaurant, bars and terraces overlooking the River Teme. Good standard of food, great for Sunday lunch.

The Oak at Wigmore. Refurbished 16th century coaching inn which serves fresh seasonal food. The head chef Rory Bunting is keen on foraging and using local wild flavours. Local cask ales and excellent wine cellar.

The Queens. Contemporary family run pub in the heart of Ludlow specialising in homemade, traditional dishes and real ales.

The Riverside Inn - Aymestrey 16th Century black and white building on the river Lugg with a good atmosphere and beautiful gardens where they grow their own fruit and veg which go directly onto your plate aiding freshly cooked delights.

Bistro 7 in Ludlow
Contemporary bistro offering good homemade food with a Mediterranean flavour using the finest ingredients.

Pizza Ten. Artisan pizza/Italian restaurant. Situated in Quality Square, in the heart of Ludlow, using the finest fresh ingredients.

Chang Thai Restaurant & Globe Bar in the heart of Ludlow
Family run serving good Thai food in either the bamboo filled garden, heated patio, relaxed lounge bar or more formal contemporary restaurant.

Koo in Ludlow
Japanese restaurant serving Japanese dishes in a traditional Japanese way.

Golden Moments in Ludlow
Family run restaurant is a fusion of south Asian influences from Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine.

The Clive on the A49 by Ludlow Food Centre
(Two AA rosettes) Modern British food with a twist, made from fresh local produce sourced from the fields surrounding Ludlow. Booking essential.

The Cliffe Dinham, Ludlow
(Two rosettes) Modern British food full of flavour using local seasonal produce served either in the Terrace Room overlooking the garden or the Orangery with views of the countryside, you can eat on the Terrace in warm weather. Booking essential.

Fishmore Hall. The main restaurant, Forelles offers a fine dining experience, with a menu that features the very best local ingredients from all over the Shropshire Marches. The Brasserie is a more informal dining area in lovely modern surroundings. Booking essential.

The Roebuck Inn (no website) A nice modern pub with good food in the nearby village of Brimfield.

What's On in Ludlow in 2017

There's been Horse Racing at Ludlow since 1725, and probably before, but now the course is renown for its friendliness and Edwardian architecture. Fixtures in 2017.

Throughout the year the Ludlow Art Society has exhibitions, workshops and courses for up-to-date-info please take a look at the What's On at the Ludlow Art Society website.

Secret Gardens of Ludlow Sunday 18th June '17 · 12-6pm
A look behind the facades into the beautiful walled gardens of the Georgian and medieval houses in the town - normally private and hidden.

Ludlow Fringe Festival 17th June - 2nd July '17
Jazz, choral and folk music, street theatre/entertainment, talks and workshops. More events to be advised….

Ludlow Food Festival 2017 8th - 10th September '17.
Set in the grounds of the medieval castle, it's always a brilliant event with over 180 local food and drink producers, sausage, bread and ale trails.

Ludlow Medieval Fayre 25th - 26th November '17.
Celebrate the start of the Christmas season at the medieval craft fair and market.