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Visitor Information Centre is located in the Assembly Rooms just off market square, 01584 875053 or email . Explore the town with the Ludlow Town Trail guide, available from local outlets.

A farm shop like no other, the Ludlow Food Centre is situated on the fringes of the Earl of Plymouth Estate (located on the A49, two miles north of Ludlow).

Eventually, the Council resumed and except for brief interludes, Ludlow continued to host the Council until 1689, when it was abolished by William and Mary as part of the Glorious Revolution. The castle then fell into decay. The structure was poorly maintained and stone was pillaged. In 1772 demolition was mooted, but it was instead decided to lease the buildings. Later still it was purchased by the Earl of Powis, and together, he and his wife directed the transformation of the castle grounds.

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The growth of the town in this eastwards (and to the north-east) direction continues to the present day, with little or no development especially to the south or west, to an extent that the traditional town centre (the medieval town) is actually in the southwest corner of the entire settlement. It has also meant that the village of Ludford, immediately on the other side of the Teme at Ludford Bridge (itself at the foot of Lower Broad Street), remains a distinct community.

For more information on Ludlow contact Ludlow Tourist Information Centre

Construction of Ludlow Castle began in the late 11th Century as the border stronghold of one of the Marcher Lords, Roger De Lacy.

Castle House offers unique Self Catering Accommodation  set inside Ludlow Castle walls and furnished to the very highest standards with Visit England 4 & 5 Stars

Have a look at our Galleries from 2013-15 to see some of the fabulous events and performers we have had at the Ludlow Fringe Festival.

A superb Georgian home set in the Teme Valley, Haynall Villa has a large attractive garden looking out on the Clee Hills. We are a convenient base from which to explore many local attractions in an area where history and man made beauty combine with beautiful English landscapes!

” 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

Castle House, a unique venue set in the grounds of Ludlow Castle. Size is no problem, we can cater for an intimate dinner to large shows and festivals.

Posthorn Cottage, one of two adjoining properties occupying a secluded position in the heart of the town, offers an ideal base for exploring Ludlow and the surrounding area.

Ludlow hosts a number of festivals and fairs each year. The Ludlow Marches Food & Drink Festival is held every September, Ludlow Festival is held in June/July attracting performers from all over the world. In November the Medieval Christmas Fair is held locally.

Ludlow is a market town in Shropshire, England, 28 miles (45 km) south of Shrewsbury and 23 miles (37 km) north of Hereford via the main A49 road, which bypasses the town. With a population of approximately 11,000, Ludlow is the largest town in south Shropshire. The town is significant in the history of the Welsh Marches and neighbouring Wales.

Ludlow has a Methodist church on Broad Street,[88] a Quaker Meeting House on St Mary's Lane,[89] a Baptists church at the Rockspring Community Centre,[90] and an Elim Pentecostal Church on the Smithfield car park.[91]

Once the home of Kings, Ludlow Castle has been described as "the epitome of what a castle ought to be" - the castle dominated life in Ludlow for centuries. As a venue for festivals and events and open air theatre Ludlow Castle still plays a vital part today.

Sir William Jukes-Steward, later Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, had boyhood home in Ludlow, where he attended the Grammar School, at Numbers 4–5 King Street (marked by plaque).

Take a guided walking tour around town or pick up a walking guide from the tourist office to take a Riverside walk along the historic Bread Walk, the views from Whitcliffe common are fabulous – and just 10 minutes stroll from the centre of Ludlow. There is great cycling, riding and walking available nearby in Mortimer Forest and the Teme Valley.

Ludlow has a lively market, food fairs, speciality food shops and more restaurants and Inns than you can shake a cocktail stick at.

Ludlow has a wide range of accommodation to choose from; Historic hotels, Boutique town guesthouses and cosy holiday cottages. Ludlow also boasts a top quality caravan touring park, campsites and group accommodation.

Come and enjoy a friendly relaxing break at Mill House, a former mill. We are set in idyllic surroundings on the Shropshire Way. River and pool close by and access to walks, with views, over Ludlow and Clee Hill right on our doorstep.

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The Ludlow Fringe Festival June/July – A wide range of events from Folk to Shakespeare in Ludlow Castle and around the town

A pair of charming cottages, which can be let separately or together: East Granary sleeps 5 +cot in 2 bedrooms, West Granary sleeps 6 +cot in 3 bedrooms.  Ideal for families and friends to meet up.

Real ales fans gravitate towards Bishops Castle as the place to be seen and with several micro breweries, including the famous Three Tuns and more pubs than a town this size should really have, it’s easy to see why.


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Ludlow Fringe is a not-for-profit community interest company. The festival is staffed mainly by volunteers and is funded entirely through ticket sales, donations and sponsorship.  If you can help, we would love to hear from you.

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the tiny village of Hopesay lies nestled in the South Shropshire Hills.



Ludlow and The Shropshire Hills visitor & tourist information with accommodation, attractions, activities and events in Ludlow and Shropshire.  Check our photo competition – closes 31 August

Ludlow was winner of The Great Town Award from The Academy of Urbanism in 2006. The first episode of the BBC television series Town, in which geographer Nicholas Crane examines the great towns of the United Kingdom, focused solely on Ludlow for the hour-long documentary.[41] Ludlow also was one of the Six English Towns, a 1977 television programme by architectural historian Alec Clifton-Taylor.[42]

Ludlow Racecourse and Ludlow Golf Club are situated together just off the A49 road 2 miles (3 km) northwest of the town centre, at a place called Old Field near Bromfield.[64] A smaller (9-hole) golf course exists at Elm Lodge, just off Fishmore Road on the northern edge of the town.

After 1610, the cloth industry declined but the wealth of the town was little affected until about 1640, when the activities of the Council were suspended and the town's population promptly fell by 20%.

Clee Hill Junction existed just to the north of the station, with a goods line leading off the mainline up to the quarries on Titterstone Clee Hill.

Medieval Christmas Fayre November – Ludlow Castle will be bustling with medieval entertainers, minstrels and traders