Lovely Ludlow

LOVELY LUDLOW

All images courtesy of Shropshire and Beyond


Ludlow can trace its history back to the 11 when its historic castle foundations were first laid. Back then, the castle was built to keep out invaders from across the border in Wales. These days, we’re glad to say that the town is much more welcoming of tourists from wherever they come!

And come they do - not surprisingly given that the pretty town of Ludlow has something to offer visitors of all ages. We don’t use the term ‘pretty’ lightly either. Ludlow town centre for example has a staggering number of listed buildings - nearly 500 in total. Add to that it’s waterfront setting and you’ll begin to see what we mean.


So, where do you start with a top 5 list for Ludlow? Well, let’s get back to that castle:

#1 Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle

The ruins of Ludlow castle are a must see for all visitors, whether you’re interested in history, a casual sight seer or you’ve children looking for somewhere to explore. The castle began life back in 1085 and flourished over many centuries. If the walls of Ludlow Castle could speak, they would certainly have some tales to tell.

Here, for example, the young Prince of Wales and his brother were held prisoner before their mysterious death at the Tower of London in the late 1400’s. Best keep a look out for the ghosts!


#2 Ludlow Food and Drink Festival

If you visit Ludlow in September, you must take in the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival. Held inside Ludlow Castle, the festival brings together over 180 local producers of quality food and drink for a bonanza of indulgence. Held over three days, the festival attracts visitors from all over the country, keen to enjoy the sights, smells, and yes, the tastes. Ludlow Food Festival is the country's longest running Food and Drink Festival and still has the best foodie reputation for bringing together en exhilarating array throughout the weekend. 

This year's festival takes place from the 8th - 10th September and tickets can be purchased by visiting: https://ludlowfoodfestival.digitickets.co.uk/tickets


Ludlow Food Festival


If you are visiting Ludlow in May then a visit to the Ludlow Spring Festival is a must. The Ludlow Spring Festival is a unique festival, home to the SIBA Wales & West Beer Competition, the Marches Transport Festival as well as feast of food and drink from the area. Tickets can be purchased by visiting https://ludlowspringfestival.digitickets.co.uk/tickets


Ludlow Brewing Company at the Ludlow Spring Festival


#3 Ludlow Brewery

Fancy something stronger? You’ll find Ludlow Brewery open all year round and why not pop in and try one of their award-winning ales for yourself. The brewery also offers some great tours explaining its workings. As the tours comes with samples of all six of their beers, the brewery is situated reassuring close to Ludlow station!


#4 Stokesay Castle 

Stokesay Castle isn’t a castle per se but rather a fortified medieval manor house. Not any old manor house either as it is said by many to be the best of its kind in the country. Set a short drive outside of Ludlow, you can take in stunning views of Shropshire from its great hall’s gable windows or climb the stairs of its fairy tale towers.

When all the climbing gets too much, there’s always the option of a delicious homemade cake with the prerequisite pot of tea!


Stokesay Castle


#5 The Clee Hills

The Clee Hills are a range of hills near Ludlow and on a clear day, the views are second to none. Brown Clee and Titterstone Clee are both over 1,700 feet tall and from the peaks you can bask in views whichever way you look. From Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains in one direction to the Cotswalds in the other - the panorama will really take the breath away.

 

For those interested, Ludlow also offers a wide range of sporting activities, including cycling, walking, golf and fishing. Plus, if you fancy a flutter, Ludlow also has a small friendly National Hunt racecourse nearby.


Useful websites for visitors to Ludlow:

http://www.ludlow.org.uk

http://www.foodfestival.co.uk

http://www.ludlowcastle.com

http://www.visitshropshirehills.co.uk

https://www.buy-fromshropshire.com