A guide to Ludlow

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  • 1.
    Ludlow has a reputation for the quality of its food and drink with many excellent restaurants and cafes encouraged by the area’s abundance of quality food and 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 & Drink Festival.
  • 2.
    Shropshire is unusual in that it doesn’t have a single city within its boundaries. Its county town is ancient Shrewsbury while its industrial heart lies in the newer and more urbanised Telford district.
  • 3.
    Henry VIII’s elder brother Prince Arthur has his heart buried in a silver casket beneath the chancel of St Lawrence’s Church in Ludlow. The rest of him is buried in some style at Worcester Cathedral. Arthur was travelling with his new wife, Catherine of Aragon, to Wales when he fell ill – possibly the terminal stages of TB – in Ludlow.

Ludlow Area

Shropshire, Herefordshire, Welsh borders and The Marches offer an awe-inspiring combination of history, ancient landmarks, traditional architecture, unspoiled countryside, excellent schools and thriving communities. The lifestyle offered by the area is seldom found in the modern day and is an ideal location for those looking for a break from the big cities. That said, the area is easily connected to some of the UK’s major cities with Birmingham and Manchester being easily accessible by road and rail. The area continues to diversify and the ability to work from home is on the up and up as superfast broadband roll out progresses throughout our regions.

Surrounding Villages

  • Leintwardine
    Set in the heart of the Marches on the Herefordshire and Shropshire borders, once the site of a significant Roman settlement, today Leintwardine is a thriving village with ever increasing popularity. The village amenities include a local butcher, fantastic village shop, petrol station, two busy pubs, a primary school, library, doctor’s surgery, and an excellent fish & chip shop!
  • Tenbury Wells
    Tenbury Wells is a small ancient market town situated in the very north west of Worcestershire on the River Teme. Tenbury had ‘Wells’ added to its name in the mid 19th century to help promote the mineral water wells that had been found in the town.
  • Bishops Castle
    A market town in the south west of Shropshire approximately 1.5 miles east of the Welsh border. The town is within a thriving agricultural area and has also become known for its alternative community including artists, musicians, writers and craftspeople. The surrounding area is hillwalking country with the long distance footpath, the Shropshire Way, running through the town and Offa’s Dyke only a few miles to the west.
  • Clun
    Clun is a small town in south west Shropshire and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is full of history. Clun takes its name from the river upon whose banks it stands and was on the historic drove road where flocks and herds were driven from Wales to the markets in the Midlands and London.
  • Cleobury Mortimer
    One of the smallest towns in Shropshire, and usually referred to as just ‘Cleobury', Cleobury Mortimer is nestled between the Clee Hills (Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee Hill) and the Wyre Forest, with panoramic views and wonderful walks in Cleobury Country surrounding it. Hugh de Mortimer was granted a market charter by Henry III in 1226, and then 'in perpetuity' in 1227.
  • Church Stretton
    Nicknamed ‘Little Switzerland’ due to its rolling green hills, Church Stretton is identified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However Church Stretton is not just a pretty face, it offers plenty of fantastic walking, horse-riding and cycling spots, as well as plenty of restaurants and leisure facilities.