A wonderful old market town in Shropshire, Ludlow sits where the River Corve meets with the River Teme. The oldest part of Ludlow is the Medieval walled town and it has nearly 500 listed buildings, including some fine examples of Medieval and Tudor-style half-timbered buildings.
The town was once described by Sir John Betjeman as, "probably the loveliest town in England" and we have a number of Ludlow hotels available to help you see why.
While the town is now named Ludlow, a 13th-century poem states that it was called Dinham for a long period of time. The western part of the town retains this name, and many historians assume this settlement is Anglian or Saxon in origin. The castle was originally called Dinham Castle before it took on the name of Ludlow.
Things to do
The impressive ruins of Ludlow Castle, which dates back to around 1086, sit in the oldest part of town. It features examples of architecture from the Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods and is one of the most interesting castles in the area. Take a guided tour of the town centre of Ludlow and take in the fascinating medieval buildings that line the streets.
The Victorian-age Stokesay Court offers a unique opportunity to see a virtually untouched late Victorian house interior situated amongst stunning countryside with beautiful views. The house was the location for the film Atonement, with decor and artefacts from the film on display throughout the house and gardens.
Ludlow has some fantastic festivals that take place all through the year, one of the most popular being the Medieval Christmas Fayre which takes place in Ludlow Castle’s grounds. Explore over 100 stalls selling festive gifts, food and drink, historical items and more. Enjoy entertainment and activities for the whole family, become one of thousands joining in the twice-nightly carols and enjoy a truly magical experience.
Another Ludlow annual highlight is the September Ludlow Food Festival, which celebrates the quality and diversity of the superb independent producers that abound in Ludlow and the Marches. From rare breeds of cattle to real ale, cider and perry, these are quality items produced and sold by people who really care about what they do.
Food and drink
Ludlow has many fine eateries throughout the town. The Cliffe offers a modern British menu with flavours of the Mediterranean, complimented by great wines and plenty of local beers and ciders.
The wonderful old listed building The Feathers Hotel offers a grand variety of meals in its Housman Restaurant with bar snacks, coffee and afternoon tea in the Comus Bar. For something a little bit special and different, visit Koo, a Japanese restaurant which serves traditional Japanese dishes.
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