Ludlow is a medieval, fortified town dominated by its Norman castle, with lots of really good places to eat and drink. (Including Michelin listed restaurants). There is plenty to do from guided walks, an outstanding church, swimming pool & assembly room (films & live theatre).
"Ludlow....is probably the loveliest town in England with its hill of Georgian houses ascending from the river Teme to the great tower of the cross-shaped church, rising behind a classic market building." - John Betjeman, 1943
"Has there ever been a visitor to Ludlow who hasn’t wished they lived there? " - Jeremy Paxman, 2009
Perched on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful Mortimer Forest in north Herefordshire with views to the Shropshire Hills and Welsh border country, known as the Welsh Marches. The quiet lanes and forest tracks are a magnet for walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers.
Ludlow is a thriving market town - with plenty going on all year from the Ludlow Festival in June to the Medieval Christmas Fair in November. In recent years, Ludlow and the surrounding area has acquired an excellent reputation for the quality of its food and drink. Every September, the showcase for this is the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival, when the town is filled with food lovers from all over the UK, and beyond.
Ludlow town centre's layout and architecture is evidence of the 900 year old Norman planned town's history. The town came to existence when Ludlow Castle was started in 1086 and the medieval town walls were built shortly after. Ludlow has over 450 listed buildings, with over 650 in South Shropshire. Grade I listed buildings in Ludlow include Ludlow Castle, St. Laurence's Church and The Feathers Hotel.