The historic town of Ludlow in Shropshire, is one of the most beautiful towns in the country, where you will see one of the finest medieval arrangements of buildings a nationally recognised ancient scheduled monument, set in beautiful public gardens in the centre of Ludlow.
Ludlow castle is one of the best castles in Britain, overlooking the River Teme. The castle was built after the Norman conquest and was one of the first stone castles to be built in England.
Daniel Defoe, writing in 1772 on his Tour of Great Britain, described the ruins of Ludlow Castle as the ‘Very perfection of decay’. This Norman castle and fortified royal palace does indeed make for romantic ruins: the outer bailey embraces almost four acres, while the inner bailey, protected by a thick curtain wall, includes four flanking towers and the surviving circular nave of the chapel of St Mary Magdalene. On a quiet day, you won’t have to work your imagination too hard to populate the courtyards with people, relight the fireplaces, and hang the chambers with bright tapestries. For children, there are stone steps to scale, pillars to ambush from, and wooden swords and shields available in the gift shop.
The information boards dotted around the castle grounds focus mainly on architecture and masonry, largely ignoring the colourful stories that the walls themselves hold. Ludlow Castle began life in the late 11th century as the border stronghold of marcher Lord Roger de Lacy and was enlarged by Roger Mortimer in the 14th century, becoming a magnificent palace. The walls withstood the War of the Roses, embraced the two sons of Edward IV (before history consigned them to be known forever as the Princes in the Tower) and to this day keep the secrets of the past locked away.
Ludlow's extraordinary food reputation prospers in the town, shops, bistros, eateries cafes and pubs. A variety of traditional shops can be found all through the town. At its heart, Ludlow has a superb outside market, which operates throughout the year on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and most Sundays and Thursdays.
Shropshire:Major attractions in south Shropshire are Ludlow, a strikingly well preserved hilltop town popularly known as a foodie destination, Church Stretton, an excellent base for exploring the Shropshire Hills and Bishop’s Castle, home to Britain’s oldest working brewery. Clun is a favourite too, with a ruined castle and a literary heritage that punches above the town’s villagey character.
St Laurence’s Church in the centre of town, is a beautiful and popular visitor attraction. There are magnificent stained glass windows as well as interesting carvings on the choir stalls. The grave of A.E. Housman (A Shropshire Lad) is also outside the church.
The Tower of St. Laurence's is one focal points of Ludlow. The current Church has stood for somewhere in the range of 550 years. Historical written evidence shows a parish church on the same site for over 800 years, going back to 1199.
Ludlow’s medieval street layout is still there today, at the end of Broad Street, the Broadgate arch is a significant remnant of the ancient town walls. Facing Broad Street, the Buttercross Museum & Heritage Interpretation Centre gives a wonderful view of some of Ludlow’s historic listed buildings. Museum exhibits include a section depicting Ludlow’s unique geology, and the history of Ludlow's Medieval Castle & Church.
Ludlow’s Food and Drink Festival formed in 1995 and has grown every year, ever since! If you visit the historic market town of Ludlow you can sample the delights of the “2017 Marches Food & Drink Festival”, now in its 22nd year on the grounds of Ludlow castle and plays host to Michelin-starred chefs, bakers and cheesemakers.
The festival includes some of Shropshire’s local young rising stars, showcasing some of the region's best local produce and dishes created by some of the finest chefs, and are represented by over 100 small independent food and drink producers from the Marches on the England/Wales border.
Ludlow is evolving and is a noted culinary destination with cuisine much like the spectacular surroundings at Ludlow castle as you walk through the castle grounds you see a sumptuous banquets a celebration of food and wine that would've tempted the pallets of Kings, Queens and nobility that once graced the spectacular buildings.
The festival generates over £1 million each year for the towns economy, and thousands of pounds for good causes & local charities.
The festival celebrates the great quality of the independent food and drink producers and suppliers around Ludlow and the Marches from rare breeds of meat to real ale, cider and perry. There's a splendid atmosphere throughout the weekend and there truly is something for everybody from gourmet sausage fans to beer lovers. Once you've tried it you'll visit Ludlow time and time again.