An impressive Shropshire Town steeped in history - Ludlow is a must see for any culture vulture, savvy shopper, Horrible History's fan.., or group trip to explore hidden treasures of the Shropshire Hills.
Anyone familiar with the story of Henry VIII, will know how he married his eldest brother’s wife Catherine of Aragon. But not everyone knows that this famous historical tale, of how Henry was able to secure the throne of England started right here in Ludlow. Henry’s eldest brother, Arthur, died of a sweating sickness within the grounds of Ludlow Castle and the tale continues - along charming cobbled back streets, where visitors will find high quality independent shops, eateries and other delights, while taking in stunning renaissance and gothic style architecture.
From arriving in one of many easy to access carparks, you'll feel like you've drawn up your horse and cart ready to go back in time to walk the same cobbled streets our ancestors walked – at the entrance to the castle, you will stand in beautiful Castle Square where the market has been held since the 12th century. Fresh local produce can be bought, along with unique hand crafted gifts and beautiful home wear.
Those who wish to storm the castle will be able to understand what it was like to live as a king, or queen. Visitors will also find interest in the stories provided by local resident archaeologist, Leon Bracelin, who is well known in Ludlow for his ongoing finds around the town and brings the magic of Ludlow Castle to life.
This isn't a sleepy historical town, its one where the attractions are progressive, showing real innovation to tell the fascinating story of Ludlow. A short walk away from the castle and square, visitors will discover St Lawrence's Church - where King Arthur’s heart is buried! Praised by English Heritage as one of the top free attractions in the UK, over 80,000 visitors flock to this attraction alone. More recently the church has been able to host events and now, an interactive visitor experience brings bell ringers, resident knights and cherubs to life to capture the imaginations of any teenage phone addict to ensure the family day out goes without a hitch. Ludlow really is a town that has it all!
The English Heritage managed Stokesay Castle is a short car journey away and once home to one of the richest men in England. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Stokesay has been hailed as the ‘best-preserved’ fortified medieval manor house in the country. The Castle is one of the best examples in England of what medieval life was like and allows you to explore over 700 years of history, while offering breath-taking views of the Shropshire Hills.
Ludlow is an excellent base for walking and cycling; as well as exploring the rest of great outdoors the county of Shropshire has to offer.
Ludlow has a reputation for the quality of its food and drink with many excellent restaurants and cafes encouraged by the areas abundance of quality food & drink producers. This is showcased every September when the town is filled with food lovers from all over the UK, and beyond for the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival.
Find out more about Ludlow by visiting the Let's Go Ludlow website >>