Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town situated on a cliff above the River Teme. Ludlow is a lively community, busy with events and festivals throughout the year.
The town’s medieval castle with its extensive ruins are open to the public throughout the year. The castle also hosts a range of events including archery, Easter egg hunts and outdoor performances.
The Ludlow market is held weekly throughout the year. The market place also hosts a range of specialist markets including; ‘Local to Ludlow’ produce markets, Craft and Country markets, Antique and Flea markets and Book and Craft markets.
St Laurence Church
Sometimes described as ‘the Cathedral of the Marches’, the building of today has evolved over more than eight hundred years. The church was largely rebuilt in the fifteenth century and also has features of the Norman, Early English and Decorated periods. There is a peaceful public park to the rear of the church with lovely views.
The town has many architectural attractions. The magnificent medieval castle, but also five hundred listed buildings including black and white Tudor timber framed buildings such as Castle Lodge, the Jacobean style ‘Feathers Hotel’ and beautiful properties dating to the Georgian era that line lower Broad Street and Corve Street.
Ludlow food and drink
Ludlow is famous for having many high quality food and drink establishments including riverside cafés and Mr Under hills a Michelin starred riverside restaurant. La Bercasse, a Michelin starred restaurant in the heart of the town; De Greys Tea Shop dating back to 1570 is perfect for afternoon tea as well as excellent pub food as well as cuisine from India, Thailand and Japan.
Ludlow is home to a number of popular festivals and events that attract locals and those much further afield. These include:
Ludlow Spring Food Festival
With 200 Real Ales it’s not surprising this festival is also known as “Beer and Beyond”. There are also sixty local food and drink producers at the festival giving talks and demonstrations. There are Pate and Terrine and Pudding trails throughout the town centre and within the castle. With live music and over two hundred vintage and classic cars to admire, Ludlow’s Spring Festival is an attraction for everyone to enjoy.
The Green Festival
A range of activities to encourage sustainable living including the Green Fair, food foraging, allotment open day, creation of a recycled house, live music and the festival bus which tours local pubs including the Sun Inn in Lentwardine which has its beer festival on the same weekend.
Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
Stalls throughout the town and castle selling seasonal gifts with a medieval flavour, and medieval entertainment in the castle grounds including the Plantagenet Knights Tournament, minstrels, giants, puppetry, theatre, fire, fables and falconry.
Ludlow May Fair
The fun fair is in town for the weekend with rides and stalls in the market square and throughout High St and Mill St.