A glorious must see Norman church founded in Ludlow in the 11th Century. It is situated in the centre of Ludlow on the hill around with the medieval town developed. The church is open to visitors including a packed shop full with products. Access to the square bell tower which houses the historic and famed bells of the tower costs a few well spent pounds. If you are able to climb up the tower, with the narrowest of spiral staircases and 200 claustrophobic steps you will see a god like perspective of the local community and the borderland panorama. A full church services programme is available on line or from the church.
Another must see is Ludlow Castle built 1066–85 and currently exists as a ruined medieval fortification in the town of the same name in the English county of Shropshire, standing on a promontory overlooking the River Teme. The castle was probably founded by Walter de Lacy after the Norman conquest and was one of the first stone castles to be built in England.
Ludlow castle became Crown property in 1461 and remained a royal castle for the next 350 years.
Since 1811 the castle has been owned by the Earl of Powis who has allowed this magnificent monument to be open to the public.
The castle is one of the finest medieval ruins inn England set in the glorious Shropshire countryside at the heart of Ludlow Town.
Architectural styles: Tudor architecture, Medieval architecture, Norman architecture
Events (please check dates):
- May – Ludlow Spring Festival
- Sept – Ludlow Food Festival
- Nov – Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fair
Ludlow Assembly Rooms are temporarily closed due to extensive renovation and remodelling works. Opening 2021, please check for updates.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms opened its doors in May 1993 in the restored and updated buildings of the former Assembly Rooms, dating from 1840. The opening was the result of five years of tireless campaigning by a group of local people who believed that our rural community deserved its own place of entertainment.
At first only a limited line-up of entertainment was possible, but the venue proved so popular that over the years the programme has expanded beyond all expectations, and there is now a film or live event almost every night of the year. The building is very popular and well used, with an estimated footfall of 200,000 per year. The venue also brings substantial benefits to the local economy – an independent survey conducted by Sheffield University in 2005 found that we support the local economy to the tune of £3,000,000 a year.
Take a relaxing stroll down by the scenic river Teme flowing with vibrantly through Ludlow Town. There are a number of weirs along the Ludlow stretch of the river that add to the vibrancy. You can start your walk to the Teme at Ludlow Castle entrance, walk along Dinham and after crossing the bridge and taking in the amazing sights you can walk leisurely up and over Whitcliffe common and nature reserve.
Directions on foot: join the Bread Walk either at Dinham Bridge or just past the Charlton Arms’ car park entrance. By car: take the first right B Road after the Charlton Arms, continuing to the top of the hill (½ mile), where there is ample roadside parking and spectacular views. Please refer to alternative direction in (d) River Teme.
The town is blessed with this beautiful place just a stone’s throw from the castle. Steep wooded slopes rise from the banks of the River Teme, leading to open grassland with glorious views across Ludlow to the Clee Hills.
Networked with footpaths and flights of stone steps, the Common is easy to explore, with numerous seats for walkers to rest and enjoy the views. Ludlow’s citizens and visitors alike have enjoyed its charms for hundreds of years. Its riverside promenade, the Bread Walk, was created in 1850, opening up the romantic scenery of rocky cliffs, lush ferns and a waterfall.
Ludlow golf club offers all visitors a warm and friendly welcome every day of the week and also at weekends.
The clubhouse is open throughout the day serving tasty pre-game snacks and delicious and satisfying meals to round off a good game of golf.
Why not make your game at Ludlow part of a weekend and enjoy all that the town has to offer. Ludlow described by John Betjeman as the loveliest town in England boasts over 500 listed buildings mainly Georgian or half-timbered, a lively market, food fairs, speciality food shops and two Michelin Starred restaurants.
The Pro shop will be happy to advise you on the best times to play and answer any other enquiries.
Normal green fees are £40 per round and £44 per day in midweek and £50 per round at weekends. There are special rates for visiting groups of more than 12 people.
Enjoy a game of golf in the evening this summer. For just £14 you can play as many holes as you can get in from 4pm any day except Wednesdays.
Ring the Pro-Shop on 01584 856366 for details.
Visitors are required to present handicap certificates in order to play at Ludlow. As much as anything this is an indication that the visitor understands the etiquette of golf.
The museum contains an interactive environment rich in history, while encapsulating the architecture and social history through its town centre location. The building is prominently located within the historic walled town of Ludlow, forming a key focal point at the head of Broad Street.
The Butter cross occupies the main approach to the town centre from the south, forming a pivotal point on the dramatic spatial progression that leads from Ludford Bridge via Broadgate to the Ludlow Castle gates. It reveals the town’s proud architectural heritage to visitors and signposts them to other heritage venues in Ludlow to help visitors get the most from their stay.
The Heritage Interpretation Centre will engage its users with a unique view of the surrounding buildings from the semi-circular window, which offers a stunning view along Broad Street’s historic shops and dwellings and the surrounding countryside.
Information is delivered through a variety of different platforms, including cinema-type displays and interactive exhibits, as well as more traditional interpretation panel displays.
The museum is located at the centre of Ludlow, in the upper rooms of the Butter cross.
Prices & Opening Times
- Open Every Week.
- Friday 10-4pm
- Saturday 10-4pm
- Sunday 10-4pm.
- Closed between Christmas Eve and New Years Day.
- Adults: £1 – Children: 50p – Under 5s: free.
One of the few privately owned and arguably one of the friendliest and one of the oldest racecourses in the country. Racing has been recorded here since 1725 but according to local legend, in the fourteenth century soldiers from Ludlow Castle came here to match their horses. The course retains its Edwardian character and also its strong club atmosphere. Now a National Hunt Course, jumping started in the mid-nineteenth century and now has at least 16 fixtures per year.
Situated in the beautiful Shropshire countryside with views of the Clee Hill and beyond, on a good day there is nowhere better to spend an afternoon. It doesn’t matter whether you are a racing enthusiast, or you don’t know anything about racing, a day at Ludlow Racecourse is great entertainment for all the family. Once you have paid us a visit, we know you will want to come again! Disabled access is good in all areas and we positively encourage families to visit. There is FREE entry for children under 18 years old.
On race days (in Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov and Dec please check exact dates/times on line) Ludlow attracts the very top trainers, Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Kim Bailey, Philip Hobbs to name a few, and is popular with the elite of the jockeys, Richard Johnson, Aidan Coleman and Tom Scudamore. Ludlow prides itself for being friendly and in touch with ‘real racing’ with no formal boundaries and the race goers being able to rub shoulders with the jockeys, trainers, owners and Directors. Historically, Ludlow has always punched above its weight in prize money with over £1 million being allocated annually.
As well as race days, there are great facilities and flexible spaces for Hospitality and Events for the other 300 or so days per year. Ludlow Race Club/Track is situated just outside Ludlow, off the A49 between Hereford and Shrewsbury and near Ludlow Train Station. There is ample car parking facilities.
A public facility providing all your leisure needs look up www.teme-leisure.co.uk
Teme Ludlow Facilities Include:
- 25m, 6 lane Swimming Pool with Water Slide, Diving Plunge Pool and Two Leisure Pools with Water Features;
- 55 Station Fitness Suite with Air Conditioning;
- 2 x Exercise Studio;
- 4 Badminton Court Sports Hall;
- Coffee Shop;
- Creche; and
Spa Facilities Include:
- Salt Inhalation Room;
- Spa Pool;
- Heated Loungers; and
- Monsoon Showers
Opening Times: Mon – Thurs. 07:00 – 22:30; Fri 07:00 – 21:30; Sat – Sun 07:30 – 15:30
The seating area is serviced by an on-site cafe serving hot and fresh food with barista quality coffee, ice creams and milkshake. The company is family owned and run.
A great place to enjoy some fresh air and explore a variety of walking trails
Come and escape in Mortimer Forest! Straddling the Shropshire and Herefordshire border this thousand hectare forest is a perfect place for some breathing space.
Although originally made up of ancient royal chases and deer parks, the forest we see today was largely planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s. It was named after the Mortimer Family, Norman Lords who held power over the region for some 300 years.
There are three car parks around the edge of the forest offering you a different experience each time you visit.
The forest is rich in wildlife. Spectacular birds of prey can be found here and small birds such as nuthatches and warblers are often seen. Open spaces within the forest provide warm spots for butterflies, the Wood White being an important species and open places for reptiles to bask in the sun. Keep an eye out for the unique longhaired fallow deer which lives in the forest. The wildlife which you can’t see is just as important. Dead wood provides homes for insects and fungi that feed the forest by breaking down nutrients.
Walking trails at Mortimer Forest:
- The Whitcliffe Loop starting from the Whitcliffe Car Park lets you explore the Lower Evens part of the Forest and views along Mary Knoll Valley.
- Vinnalls Car Park is the starting point for the Vinnalls Loop which take you to the top of High Vinnalls. The nine mile Climbing Jack Trail and the surfaced Easy Access Loop.
- Black Pool Car Park is the starting point for the Black Pool Loop which takes you through the Haye Park area of the woods.