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    Visit the Castle

    by Myfanwe Updated Feb 9, 2014

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    Ludlow Castle was built by the Normans in the 11th Century to repel a Welsh invasion. Over the years it has played host to many an important visitor. Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon lived here for a short time. It was also home to Edward V. Since 1811, the castle has since been privately owned by the Earls of Powys.

    The Castle wasn't open during our visit in early February although we did get some lovely views of the exterier by taking the perimeter footpath.

    Check the website below for up to date opening times and admission prices.

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    Visit the Museum

    by Myfanwe Written Feb 6, 2014

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    The Museum is situated in the old Assembly rooms building, right next door to the Tourist Information centre. This lovely little museum gives a fantastic insight to the history of the area. There are plenty of hands on exhibitions for children and adults alike. Admission to the museum is free; Opening Times:
    Monday - Saturday:
    10.00 - 17.00
    Sunday:
    10.30 - 17.00
    (April-October only)

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    Tourist Information

    by Myfanwe Updated Feb 6, 2014

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    The Tourist Information is situated on Castle Square. The elegant white building used to be the Assembly rooms. Here you can pick up all sorts of free leaflets for Ludlow and the surrounding areas. The gift shop is great too, due to Ludlow's proximity to glorious countryside, there are some great books on walking the Shropshire hills in addition to lots of lovely souvenirs.

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    The Butter Cross

    by Myfanwe Updated Feb 6, 2014

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    The Butter Cross market was re-built in 1743. The neoclassical columns offered a touch of grandeur to the top of Broad Street. Today you can shelter under the columns from the rain or catch up with the gossip with the locals.

    While we were there, the clock on the Butter Cross was 15 minutes fast, this caused a bit of confusion amongst the locals!

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    St Lawrence Church

    by Myfanwe Written Feb 6, 2014

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    St Lawrence Church in the centre of Ludlow is a delight to explore. St Lawrence is a classic 'wool and cloth' church. Wealthy 15th century cloth merchants, members of the Palmers' Guild built, enlarged and decorated it.
    Once inside, there are some beautiful stained glass windows to admire and intricately carved misericords in the choir stalls. There are many information boards at each section of the Church making sure you don't miss anything of interest.
    I especially enjoyed the beautiful carvings, replica's of which can be purchased in the gift shop.

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    LUDLOW FOOD FESTIVAL

    by lomi Updated Feb 11, 2013

    Food and Drink Festival will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th September in 2013

    Each day has its own list of lovely things to do and see. From cook book authors giving talks to Window Dressing Competitions, Winning Food Photography , Cider pressing display, Chef Contests, Tastings, Demonstrations, Sausage Trail, Pudding Tastings, Waiters Race. etc etc.

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    ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012

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    St. Peter's is not a real old Church.
    The style is neo-Byzantine and plain Romanesque, not a style I saw much of in England.
    The foundation stone of the church was laid by Bishop Ambrose Moriarty and blessed on the 9th May 1935.

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    Ludlow Castle

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ludlow Castle is part of the network of castles constructed along the Welsh-English border following the Norman conquest of 1066. Walter de Lacy, who served under William the Conqueror, was granted control over this region. To keep it secure, he began construction of this network of castles, starting around the early 12th century. The earliest known record of Ludlow Castle dates back to 1138.

    The castle stands on high ground overlooking the Rivers Teme and Corve. To the visitor, this provides some fine views of the Marches. During the Dark Ages, this was a natural defensive strongpoint--exactly the kind of place where towns began to spring up.

    The castle has an illustrious history. In the 15th century, the young princes Edward and Richard, potential heirs to the throne, were murdered in the Tower of London; the crime has generally been blamed on King Richard III. The two boys had spent most of their childhood together at Ludlow Castle.

    King Henry VIII's brother, Prince Arthur, and his wife Catharine of Aragon lived here for a few years. After Arthur's death here, his widow became Henry VIII's first Queen. Later, her daughter Mary also spent a few years at the Castle. She later became Queen Mary I.

    During the 16th and 17th centuries, the castle was the administrative center for the Marches and parts of Wales. It underwent considerable modification at that time. During the Civil War, it was captured by the Parliamentarians.

    It is now the property of the Earl of Powis and the Trustees of the Powis Castle Estate. In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II visited here--the first royal visit in centuries.

    Of course, certains parts are said to be haunted. In any case, this historic castle is not to be missed.

    Ludlow Castle Entrance to the Castle Entrance to the North Range The Round Chapel The bridge on the River Teme, with the Castle
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    St Laurences Church

    by Watsoncomper Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The church is again centrally located in Ludlow. We found it via a narrow street in the center of Ludlow.

    It is a majestic building. It was mostly re-built in the mid-15th century but does have some earlier features

    The tower of St. Laurence's is renown as having one of the finest group of 8 bells in the country

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  • ludlow ghostwalk

    by beefoxo Written Sep 2, 2010

    Ludlow ghost walks friday nights at 8pm from the buttercross

    I went along to the walk the week before last and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it! I really liked how they brought the stories to life and loved the characters they had created...the 'Dr' and Mr Beltaine - such a suave yet sinister duo!

    I was forced to calm my nerves (ahem) with a couple of ciders before going back to my hotel that evening...even then, I couldn't stop thinking about people buried alive, bloodsoaked lovers and tortured souls hanging on the 'limb tree'...Brrrrrrrrrrrr

    Anyway...fabulous acting (and indeed, fabulous outfits!).
    I'm planning to come back to Shropshire to celebrate my birthday with a bunch of friends and thought it would be fun to throw in a ghost walk to scare them silly.

    i can recommend the event to others as these people work hard at giving us a brill night out

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    Berrington Hall

    by Andrew_W_K Written Mar 21, 2010

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    Another site that while it is close to Ludlow is actually in Herefordshire.
    This country house was built in the late 18th century and landscaped by Capability Brown.
    Although the house is quite plain on the exterior the interior is sumptous by contrast.
    The house is run by the National Trust and there is a shop and cafe on site.
    The price of admission for an adult is £7.50 as at March 2010 but check the website for latest prices and opening times.

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    Croft Castle

    by Andrew_W_K Updated Mar 21, 2010

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    A few miles south of Ludlow and over the county border in Herefordshire is Croft Castle.
    Not really a fortified building (although originally there was a Norman motte and bailey here) the castle we see today is a country estate run by the National Trust.
    The Croft family have lived here for 1,000 years and the history of the family and the house is varied and interesting. The interior is all oak panelling and family portraits (including a fine example by Thomas Gainsborough).
    There is a church adjacent to the castle that has served the Croft family since the 13th century and has a fine altar.
    You can walk around the grounds and woodlands.
    As with all National Trust properties there is a shop that sells local produce as well as souvenirs and there is also a tea shop and toilet facilities.
    Admission for adults as at March 2010 is £7.50 for the house and grounds or £4.20 grounds only. Check the website for up to the minute prices.
    When you exit Croft Castle head for the village of Yarpole about a mile or two away and the Norman bell tower that is one of the oldest wooden structures in Britain dating back to the 10th century.

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    Spring Festival

    by lomi Updated Feb 5, 2010

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    Ludlow's Spring Festival takes place in the grounds of Ludlow Castle.

    Taste over 130 real ales on draught from small breweries in Wales and the Marches, and eat good local sausages and bread.

    The Marches Transport Festival, a display of classic cars and other vehicles also takes place in and around the Castle on the Sunday. There will also be stalls featuring top quality food and drink from small producers up and down the Marches and the Welsh border country. These products that have been produced on a small scale by people who really care about food.

    ie rare breed pork sausages from Richards Castle; traditional french breads from Clee Hill; Organic smoked foods from The Organic Smokehouse: Hog roast from Spitroast Solutions...

    m m'm'm'm'm. I cant wait.

    2010 OPENING TIMES:
    Friday 7th May - Meet the Brewer Preview night - 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
    Saturday 8th May - 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
    Sunday 9th May - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

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    Ludlow Food Centre

    by lomi Written Feb 5, 2010

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    The Ludlow Food Centre is a the Harrods Food Hall of Shropshire, with knobs on.

    They are part of the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate, which has 8000 acres of Shropshire countryside where all their beef, lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork comes from, along with a selection of game and vegetables. Their ice creams and sorbets are made using local fruits and cream from their dairy.

    At least 50% of the products on sale are made on the premises. They have a bakery, a deli, a butchers, vegetable stand, a dairy that uses milk from their own Friesian-Holstein cows, and locally made beers and wines.

    In the jams and pickles department the Thai Pear Pickle, Medium Cut Seville Marmalade and Celebration Jams have all won awards.

    Also on the same site is their Conservatory Barn Cafe and the Post Office. Saturday & Sunday are the busiest days of the week

    Ludlow Food Centre Opening times

    Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
    Sun 10:30 - 16:30

    Conservatory Barn Cafe

    Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
    Sun 10:30 - 16:00

    Post Office

    Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30

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    Ludlow Castle

    by lomi Updated Feb 5, 2010

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    Ludlow Castle is one of the most interesting castles in the Marches. It is a partly ruined, non-inhabited castle which dominates the town of Ludlow in Shropshire. It is open to the public.

    The building of the castle began around 1085, with many later additions in the following centuries and it looms over the town and River Teme. It features examples of architecture from the Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods.

    As well as being open to the public throughout the year, it is the centre for several festivals and other events that take place locally.

    Ludlow Festival for the open-air production of Shakespearean play for three weeks in June and July, Ludlow Food and Drink Festival in September, Ludlow Craft Festival in late May, and the Marches Festival of Transport in early May

    Open from 10am every day, except Christmas Day and January weekdays. Adults 4.50 Children 6 years and older 2.50, Students & Seniors 4.00

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