One of Ludlow's strengths is its wide and varied range of individualistic shops, mostly independently owned, including traditional family businesses where shopping for food, clothing, ironmongery, gifts, antiques, books and many specialist products is an enjoyable voyage of discovery. There are also plenty of booksellers, antiques dealers, art galleries and craft shops that are well worth a visit.
A traditional open-air market takes place in the Market Square every Monday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year, with Wednesday markets from April to September. In addition most Sundays see the market stalls being used either as a flea market or for various specialist themes, such as books, gardens or crafts. A Local Farmers Market, is held on the second Thursday of each month.For more information please visit our Ludlow Market page.
Ludlow's daily life is considerably enriched throughout the year by a series of festivals, fairs and carnivals many set against the backdrop of Ludlow Castle. These include The Spring Festival, Ludlow Food and Drink Festival and the Medieval Christmas Fayre. To see our What's On in Ludlow section please click here.
There are currently several restaurants in or near Ludlow with entries in the current Michelin Guide. And this statistic is not just confined to Michelin. The AA Restaurant Guide and the Which? Good Food Guide show the same conclusions. Ludlow offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and pub food, afternoon teas as well as foreign cuisine from India, China, Thailand and Japan. There is an eating place to satisfy all tastes and budgets, many of which make a point of offering locally-sourced ingredientsClick here for a list of places to eat in Ludlow
Ludlow is surrounded by ideal countryside for walking. Walks from the town lead out to forests and farmland; the Shropshire Hills are a short bus or car ride away. Ludlow is at the start of the Mortimer Trail, a long-distance path to Kington on the Herefordshire/Wales border.For more information on Ludlow Walks please visit our Walking page.
Ludlow and the surrounding south Shropshire countryside is an ideal cycling area. The beautiful hilly countryside which includes the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has many quiet country lanes, forest areas and planned routes to suit cyclists of all abilities.For more information on Cycling in Ludlow & south Shropshire visit our cycling page.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms is an arts centre providing cinema, music, and drama.For the latest programme details phone 01584 878141 or visit their website.Ludlow Leisure Centre, at Bromfield Road, provides a range of modern facilities including a sports hall, swimming pool, fitness and health suites, courts for hire and a refreshment area. The centre is open daily. Please visit their website for more details.
Guided tours of the medieval town centre of Ludlow are available every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter until the end of October.Tours cost £3 per person; children free, and last about 90 minutes.The Meeting Point is at the cannon outside the Castle at 2.30 pm. They introduce visitors to: the history; the architecture; life in Ludlow over the centuries.Special Tours for small or large groups are available at any reasonable time of day, and can be booked with Roger Furniss at 01584 874205 or email@example.com.These cost £3 per person with a minimum charge of £20.It is also possible for an additional £10 to have an in-charcater tour with Thomas Farnolls Prichard, Georgian architect and inventor of cast iron bridges.