Ludlow Travel Guide

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    Fantastic looking butchers
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    View of Ludlow from Whitcliffe common
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    The Jacobean Feathers Hotel & Bar
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Ludlow Highlights

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     The nicest small English town I have ever visited!! 

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     The castle is a ruin 

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     One of England's out-of-the-way treasures 

Ludlow Things to Do

  • Visit the Castle

    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...

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  • Visit the Museum

    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 - 17.00Sunday:...

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  • Tourist Information

    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...

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  • The Butter Cross

    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

    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...

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  • LUDLOW FOOD FESTIVAL

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

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  • ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

    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

    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...

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  • St Laurences Church

    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 Restaurants

  • Great Indian Food

    The Golden Moments Indian restaurant is situated on Broad Street just a stones throw from the centre of town. Due to the fact that we visited on a week day on a wet and windy February evening - we had the restaurant to ourselves. We had poppadoms to start which came with a nice selection of dips. For the main course, I chose chicken tikka masala...

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  • Fantastic food and service

    Situated within the Feathers Hotel, the Feathers Restaurant is probably one of the nicest restaurants I have eaten in. We stayed at the hotel on a dinner bed and breakfast basis, two courses were included in our stay but we opted to pay an additional £7.95 for three courses. This ended up being six or seven due to the fact that beween courses the...

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  • Good British Food

    The interior was 'Olde Worlde' but nicely laid out. Restaurant is upstairs. The meals are plain but plentiful and the staff pleasant.Cash only - No credit cards Tradition Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding

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  • Ethnic in Ludlow

    On 21st July 2005 the Slow Food Ludlow Convivium held a meal in this restaurant . We concluded that it was a good example of an ethnic restaurant that is not anglicising the menu inorder to pander to the English palate.The dishes seemed to us to be authentic Japanese sushi, meat and desert dishes in a town that has lots of up-market Michelin type...

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  • Award winning cakes

    I am not usually a fan of busy places serving large numbers of people, but I made an exception just as long as we got there early.De Grey's is such a Ludlow institution for morning tea and coffee, lunches and afternoon tea served in an historic setting I just had to shout about it. They serve over 200 people at their busiest and still managed to...

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  • THE BEST COFFEE IN TOWN !!

    This cafe is a real hidden Gem, we popped in for lunch last summer after some hard antique shopping. The coffee there is the best i have ever tasted, they offer two blends Lavazza and illy, makes starbucks seem like nescafe in comparison. The menu was quite extensive offering mainly homemade hot meals sandwiches, jacket potatoes and breakfast...

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Ludlow Nightlife

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    Ludlow ghost walks friday nights at 8pm from the buttercrossI 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...

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  • Pubs of Ludlow

    As you would expect, Ludlow has a large number of pretty pubs and hotels.My favorite (so far) is the Church Inn, behind the Buttercross in the centre of town. It dates from way back in 1439. The interior of the pub is very cosy, lots of alcoves and spaces wrapped around a small, central bar. Full of character and characters! The Church Inn prides...

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Ludlow Transportation

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    For Free Park and Ride: approaching Ludlow on the A49, follow the signs for the Park and Ride car park. There is a fast and frequent service into the town; the drop off and collection point is in Castle Square. There is very little parking in Ludlow itself so this is a good way to get into town without all the hassle of driving around and around and not finding a parking place.

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  • Happy Food

    One of the highlights of a trip to Ludlow is the Local Produce Market (or farmers' market). These stalls are handily located near the castle and main car parks. The outside stalls include many organic and locally grown producers, as well as the quirky foods I like that you never see in supermarkets, like wild boar. Held on the second and fourth...

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  • Foodies Paradise

    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...

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  • Good local items

    This is a great place to visit to get local and regional foods. Here they have baked goods, fresh seasonal produce, meats, cheese, jams and chutneys etc. There is also a restaurant, which we didn't try, and some outdoor tables, which we did use for our own little picnic.

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Ludlow Local Customs

  • Ludlow Food & Drink Festival

    Every September Ludlow hosts the largest Food & Drink Festival in Britain. The Market Place, Buttercross, Shops and Pubs are filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, pies, cakes, cheeses, chocolates, real ales, wines and ciders ...and some more cakes.If your stomach has any room left, the main action takes place inside the grounds of Ludlow...

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  • "Lud-Slow" the UK's first Slow Food town

    In 2004 Ludlow became the UK's first 'Slow Food' town. They became a member of the international movement "Cittaslow"."Cittaslow" is a movement that was founded in Italy. Today it has supporters in 50 countries worldwide. It opposes the global dumbing-down of food quality. It supports local traditions, local breeds of farm animal, local crops. It...

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Ludlow Warnings and Dangers

  • Posh people with enormous cars

    Blimin' hell, I hadn't realised until now how many large "4 x 4" vehicles were in Ludlow! I had to take some photographs for a college project and these enormous 'off-road' so-called-cars were always blocking my view.In the UK a certain class of people view 4-by-4 cars as a status symbol - they are often owned by people who will never need an...

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  • St Lawrence Church Tower and large...

    If you get the chance to climb up St Lawrence's Church tower, please read this.The spiral stone staircase up the tower is very narrow. There are 200 steps and few places to stop.I am not very wide, but it was difficult for me to squeeze up the staircase. Also I have size 11 (Euro size 46) feet. Be warned if you have feet larger than the average...

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  • Don't take the high path!

    If you feel like a walk around Ludlow Castle, whatever you do, don't follow the top path around the outside of the castle walls. It ends suddenly in a 45 foot cliff... aaaaaaarrrgghhh!!!!!!By the way, I have listed this as a mountaineering topic :-)

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Ludlow Off The Beaten Path

  • Magnalonga: A walk for foodies

    This is a very different kind of day out!The Magnalonga is a walk of about seven miles where you stop to eat and drink along the way. It starts and finishes by Ludlow's Dinham Bridge: a journey where you combine a walk through forest and unspoilt countryside with some of the best food and drink from the Marches. With 4 stops where you receive local...

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  • Artist in the attic

    Not so much 'off the beaten path' as 'next to a beaten path and up two flights of stairs'.Ludlow artist Libby Lord has an art gallery and studio above the "Period House Shop" on Corve Street. Up several flights of wooden stairs to the second floor of this old building. Half of the top floor is a studio, with paints, canvases and cupboards. The...

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  • Cider Tasting

    A little east of Ludlow, south of Clee Hill, is a small cider producer called Mahorall Farm Cider. This is a small family farm that switched from dairy to making cider from local apples. This is not a big operation, but one where you can meet the owner, maker and marketer all in one person. We stopped by on a weekday afternoon and had a pleasant...

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Ludlow Favorites

  • Undesirables Keep Out!!

    Ludlow has an almost complete ring of town walls. They were built during the 1200's with a gatehouse at each entry point. Ludlow Castle walls form part of the town's defenses and the castle was never captured by force! The walls helped defend Ludlow from the pesky Parliamentarians during the English Civil War, the Castle only surrendered when the...

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  • Ludlow for the differently-abled

    It fascinated me to see a braille map of Ludlow in the foyer of Ludlow Museum. It looked to me a very decorative object and I'm sure very welcome for sight-impaired visitors.In addition, there is a piece of sculpture next to the walls of Ludlow Castle which is designed to be touched. Other than that, if you are blind, you will miss out on the...

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  • An unspoilt little town

    I first visited Ludlow at the end of a three-day hike from Wellington and along Wenlock Edge in 1984. My feet were hurting and I wanted a mug of tea and then an evening of good company..This lovely little town, with its half-timbered buildings, castle, riverside walks and lively pubs and welcoming youth hostel was up to the task..I'm set on...

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