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.
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: