Ludlow is a town in Shropshire, which is right on the English/Welsh border and is a beautiful part of England. We visited in September and were really lucky with the glorious weather (unlike most of our other UK based adventures!)
You can drive to Ludlow in 3 hours from London, or 1.5 hours from Birmingham and it really is well worth a visit.
Here are my highlights for a visit:
ONE. Stokesay Castle
This English Heritage site is one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in the whole of England. Its great Hall has been preserved and remains intact from 700 years ago. The house itself is gorgeous and you can climb to the top for amazing views out to the Shropshire hills. This castle is about 15 minutes out from the centre of Ludlow by car.
You can also do a number of lovely walks around the castle, and then have lunch in the nice on-site tea room. This makes for a lovely way to spend half a day.
TWO. Long Mynd
Long Mynd is a part of the Shropshire Hills. There are waterfalls, beautiful views and lots of sheep! It is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty in the UK, and is around a 30 minute drive out from Ludlow. You can choose a hike for however long you have. Again, we chose to spend half a day here.
THREE. Ludlow Castle
This is a seriously old castle. The oldest parts remaining can be traced back to 1066! It has since been a royal castle, fallen in to disrepair, been restored again and opened to the public. The views from the castle walls are lovely – you can see all across Ludlow. There is also an annual food festival held within the castle walls which makes for an excellent day trip out.
FOUR. The Feathers Hotel
The Feathers Hotel is an historic inn in the centre of Ludlow. Its frontage was actually put on in 1619! It is a Grade I listed building and is one of the best known buildings in Ludlow, being an early example of Tudor architecture.
FIVE. Ludlow Centre
The centre of Ludlow is full of timbered Tudor buildings. It’s still a lively market town and is really nice to just explore. There is a lovely church, nice restaurants, a river which is nice to walk along and some good boutique shops.
Thanks for reading! I hope you found this post helpful, or that it has inspired you to want to visit Ludlow. Let me know in the comments below!