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3. Ludlow and Ludlow Castle

Top 10 ten places to visit in the Midlands – Shropshire

Ludlow and Ludlow Castle

Ludlow is one of the most picturesque towns in the Midlands, if not the country. The mixture of Georgian and half timbered Tudor buildings house a variety of small shops and Michelin starred restaurants, with rural Shropshire forming a drowsy backdrop.

Ludlow Castle, a craggy Norman castle dating from 1086, sits on cliffs high above the river Teme.  The imposing ruins include towers, turrets, gatehouses and concentric walls, as-well as the 110 foot high keep, and an unusual Round Chapel built in 1120. 

Today the castle is used as an open air auditorium during the Ludlow Festival which lasts for three weeks each year from June to July.

It’s the general appearance of Ludlow that appeals rather than any one sight; the gridiron of streets laid out by the Normans has survived intact although many of the buildings date from the eighteenth century.

Broad Street is one of the best examples, its northern end framed by the Butter Cross, an extravagant neo-classical monument from 1744. At the foot of Broad Street is the town’s only surviving medieval gate, which was turned into a house in the eighteenth century. 

Ludlow Tourist Information Centre Address:
Tourist Information Centre
Castle Street
England, UK

T  +44 (0)1584 875053
Ludlow Castle 

Ludlow Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles, set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of this superb, bustling black & white market town.

Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility – a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society. The Castle is situated in the centre of Ludlow Town, where there is a public car park.

Ludlow Castle Address:
Ludlow Castle
Castle Square
England, UK

Ludlow Castle Opening Times:
January, Weekends Only, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
February and March, Daily, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
April to July, Daily, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
August, Daily, 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
October to November, Daily, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
December, Weekends Only 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
The Castle is open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm from 26th December to 1st January inclusive. Closed Christmas Day.
Please check castle opening times for June and July as the castle is sometimes closed to the public between certain dates in these months.
Ludlow Castle Admission:
Adults £4.50
Senior/student £4.00   
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £12.50 
Children £2.50   
Children under 6 years Free
School Groups by arrangement – please telephone +44 (0)1584 873355 

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Accommodation and eating out in Ludlow

Dinham Hall Hotel 
By the Castle
England, UK
T +44(0)1584 876464 
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Mr Underhill’s
Michelin Starred Hotel and Restaurant
Dinham Lodge
England, UK
T +44 (0)1584 874431 

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