Ludlow – Shropshire

Ludlow, Famous for its Food Festivals, is Known as the Gastronomic Capital of Shropshire :

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Feathers Hotel, Ludlow © Travel Signposts

Ludlow is a market town located close to the Welsh border and in a region known as the Welsh Marches. It’s also the largest of the Shropshire county towns.

The town’s major attraction, the splendid medieval Ludlow Castle, dominates the landmark of this town. The Castle and the market place are set on top of a hill and from there the streets of this medieval walled town slopes down to the River Teme.

There are many things that attract visitors to Ludlow, a town famous for its restaurants, food fairs and festivals.  This small rural English town has no fewer than seven restaurants in or near Ludlow that are mentioned in the Michelin guide.

Ludlow’s Tudor-style half-timbered buildings are fine examples of medieval architecture. There are nearly 500 listed buildings in Ludlow. Its Parish church, St. Laurence Church is the largest in the county.

Our stop in Ludlow was just for a quick lunch break which was a shame. We had to choose between visiting the castle or taking a look around town.  We decided on a quick visit to the Ludlow market place, walk around the historic town centre, see the architecture of the famous Feathers Hotel and then have a quick lunch.

It was the eve of the Ludlow Marches Festival of Food & Drink and the market place was in full swing with the 130 or so food and drink producers getting set for the three-day food extravaganza. This annual food festival takes place in and around Ludlow in September.

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Visitors to Ludlow during the end of June can enjoy the annual Ludlow Festival during which various Shakespeare plays take place in Ludlow Castle. The Castle is also the location for the Medieval Christmas Fayre during late November.

History enthusiasts should head for the Ludlow Museum which provides information on the town’s history.

Ludlow has been described as the ‘Gastronomic capital of Shropshire’, ‘the loveliest town in England’ and ‘the most vibrant small town in the Country’, so a one-hour stop certainly did not allow us to appreciate all of these these qualities.

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