Within easy driving distance of Ludlow are the following attractions:
Ironbridge Gorge (30 mins)
Ironbridge Gorge offers a unique chance to step back in time to an age when the pounding of steam hammers and the clatter of horse hooves were commonplace.
Its series of museums, spread along the banks of the River Severn, pay tribute to what happened in this great valley two hundred and fifty years ago. The first iron wheels, the first iron rails and even the first steam railway locomotive were all made here, as well as the first Iron Bridge. Ironbridge was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution.
Severn Valley Railway (30 mins)
This restored steam railway travels down the beautiful Severn valley from Bridgnorth to Bewdley then Kidderminster.
Witley Court (30 mins) A hundred years ago, Witley Court was one of England's great country houses, hosting many extravagant parties. Today it is a spectacular ruin, the result of a disastrous fire in 1937. Restoration work to the West Wing has made several new rooms accessible to the public.
Stokesay Castle (15 mins) Stokesay Castle is the finest and best preserved 13th-century fortified manor house in England. It offers visitors a unique glimpse into a distant age, when strength and elegance were combined.
Berrington Hall (10 mins)
Beautifully set above a wide valley with sweeping views to the Brecon Beacons Berrington Hall offers a great day out for everyone; countryside and lakeside walks, ornamental gardens, a spectacular house and activities for children.
Powis Castle (45 mins)
The world-famous garden, overhung with enormous clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Perched on a rock above the garden terraces, the medieval castle contains one of the finest collections in Wales. It was originally built c.1200 by Welsh princes and was subsequently adapted and embellished by generations of Herberts and Clives, who furnished the castle with a wealth of fine paintings and furniture. A beautiful collection of treasures from India is displayed in the Clive Museum
Shrewsbury (45 mins)
Set amidst glorious countryside near to the Welsh Borders, Shrewsbury is one of England's finest historic market towns. Black and white timber mansions dating back to the 1400's line the narrow medieval cobbled streets of the town centre. Shrewsbury is also a thriving shopping centre serving Shropshire and Mid-Wales.
Hereford Cathedral & Mappa Mundi (40 mins)
Hereford Cathedral is full of surprises. It houses many treasures: the world-famous Mappa Mundi, the Chained Library, wonderful carvings in stone and wood, fine tapestries, and beautiful stained glass - many monuments and relics of the lives of faithful Christians who have worshipped here for over eight centuries.
Acton Scott Working Farm (20 mins)
Experience daily life on an upland farm at the turn of the century. As seen on the BBC2 programme 'Victorian Farm'
Cardingmill Valley (25 mins)
An extensive area of historic upland heath, part of the Long Mynd and with stunning views across the Shropshire and Cheshire plains and Black Mountains. This is excellent walking country with much of interest to the naturalist; the Chalet Pavilion in Carding Mill Valley offers information about the area, as well as a tea-room and shop
Westhope College Gardens (15 mins)
The gardens at Westhope are beautiful. They are open to students at all times and to the public from Easter to September on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.