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The Buttercross, Ludlow

Things to do in Ludlow

Ludlow is one of Englands best preserved medieval towns with a remarkable number of historic buildings and monuments – there are over 500 listed buildings in the town centre. The medieval walled town was founded in the 11th century and prospered thereafter thanks to the wool trade and it’s strategic importance on the Welsh borders. Sir John Betjeman described Ludlow as ‘probably the loveliest town in England’. A more recent quote from none other than Jeremy Paxman asks ‘Has there ever been a visitor to Ludlow who hasn’t wished they lived there?’. 

As the principle administrative centre for the Welsh Marches following the Norman Conquest it also has a surprisingly important role historically for a settlement of it’s size, a fact underlined by the impressive scale of the Ludlow Castle and the fortifications of the town wall. The Church of St Laurence’s is the largest parish church in the country – its size and importance has lento it being dubbed the ‘cathedral of the Marches’.

No trip to Ludlow would be complete without a walk down to the Teme at Ludford Bridge, to gaze up at the splendour of the castle and walk along the river in Whitcliffe park. From there you can walk up into Mortimer Forest, see the aqueducts hidden in the woods that bring the water from the Elan Valley to Birmingham, or admire the view from High Vinalls across Wales to the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia and south as far as the Cotswolds. 

Ludlow Assembly Rooms is the main information and entertainment destination for Ludlow, with a cinema and theatre as well as cafe, bar, gallery and Tourist Information Centre. It is being refurbished so is closed at the present but is due to reopen in March 2021.

Here are our recommendations for a day out in Ludlow.

Feathers hotel Ludlow Feathers Hotel Ludlow - The Feathers Hotel Ludlow is one of the town’s most famous landmarks and is often quoted as being the most photographed hotel in the country. It was built in 1619 by Rees Jones, the attorney of Pembrokeshire and a member of the ‘Council of the Marches’.  The Grade 1 listed Feathers Hotel is a stunning …
Readers House Ludlow Readers House Ludlow - The Readers House Ludlow is one of the most distinctive tudor buildings in the town. It was once the home for the bible readers for the adjacent St Laurence’s Church. Readers House Ludlow dates back to the 12th century and has in the past been a private museum and a grammar school. The current structure …
Dinham Bridge Ludlow Dinham Bridge Ludlow - Dinham Bridge Ludlow is a beautiful Stone bridge crossing the Teme in Whitcliffe Park, in the shadow of Ludlow Castle. Sometimes attributed to Thomas Telford , who was Shropshire’s surveyor at the time the bridge was built, it was intact the work of Shrewsbury mason and contractor John Straphen. Dinham Bridge Ludlow was finished in 1823. …
St Laurence's Church Ludlow St Laurences Church - St Laurence’s Church Ludlow is the towns main church and one the best medieval churches in the country, featuring as one of only 18 churches in Simon Jenkins ‘Englands Thousand Greatest Churches’ with a five star rating. It’s situation in the centre of town and it’s magnificent 135 feet high bell tower means that St …
Buttercross Museum Ludlow Buttercross Museum Ludlow - The Buttercross Museum, Ludlow is a fabulous little museum above the Buttercross  in the centre of town. It is and is full of interesting local artefacts and information, as well as affording a great view down Broad Street, one of Ludlows’ most famous streets. Ludlow’s unique geology is depicted in the Murchison Section – a drawing …
Holiday Cottages Shropshire - Ludlow Castle Ludlow Castle - Ludlow Castle was founded by Walter De Lacy in the wake of the Norman conquest in 1066, and had a crucial role in the social, economic and political life in this part of medieval Britain. Ludlow castle is one of the finest in the country – gazing up at it’s walls as the castle towers …

Events in Ludlow

There are a whole host of regular events in Ludlow from the high profile Food Festival, the more eclectic mix of the Fringe Festival and many other smaller events to suit all interests. Here are some of our recommendations:

Ludlow Spring Festival Ludlow Spring Festival - Ludlow Spring Festival is the sister event of the Food Festival organised by the same team with a similar vibe, but takes place in May so gets the festival season off to a great start. Like the Food Festival, the event takes place in the dramatic setting of Ludlow Castle. The SIBA (Society of Independent …
Ludlow Food Festival Ludlow Food Festival - Ludlow Food Festival was started in 1995 as a way of promoting the small food and drink producers of Ludlow and the surrounding area. It started as a relatively low key affair in the Castle Square but rapidly grew and then moved into the Ludlow Castle grounds. The area has always had an abundance of …