How do I get to Ludlow?

by car

Ludlow is situated on the A49 approximately half way between Shrewsbury and Hereford, Sat Nav to the town centre is SY8 1AS. See all info about parking below.

by rail

Ludlow railway station lies on the Welsh Marches Line between Shrewsbury to the north and Hereford to the South. The station is on Station Drive and is a 5-10 minute (it’s steep so depends on your pace!) walk to the town centre. There is a small pay and display car park for railway users. For times and fares visit the Transport for Wales website: tfwrail.wales

by co wheels

Co Wheels is a pay-as-you-go community car hire scheme, where members can hire vehicles from convenient locations across the UK. Co wheels Shropshire have a Toyota Corolla Estate and a Toyota Yaris Ludlow which are located a few minutes walk from the station. Book your car using the co-wheels app or online for the date and time you want it, then just collect it and drive. Simply swipe your card to open the car, turn the engine on and drive. Once you’ve returned the car, you pay for any additional mileage.

Where can I park in Ludlow?

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On-street parking

If you want to park close to the shops, on-street pay & display options (Red Zone) can be found at:

Broad Street, Castle Square, Corve Street, Dinham, Lower Broad Street, Lower Mill Street, Lower Raven Lane and Mill Street.

Available Monday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm. £1.80 per hour.

A little further away, Coronation Avenue and the Linney are 70p per hour Monday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm.

Car parks

There are three main pay and display car parks near the town centre (click the link on each car park to find all the relevant info including location, charges and all other parking information):

Castle Street (close to the Market, Castle and town centre)

Upper Galdeford (near the Library)

Lower Galdeford (Smithfield, near the Police Station)

There is also a small pay & display car park at The Linney playing fields below Ludlow Castle. This is the perfect spot if you want to wild swim or paddle board, let your kids stretch their legs at the playground, take a scenic walk around the Castle walls or visit Csons at The Green Café but be warned it’s a steep walk up to the town centre.

Park and ride

Ludlow park and ride service is based at  Ludlow Eco Business Park, just off the A49 towards Sheet and operate around the town from Monday to Saturday. It offers free all day parking when purchasing a ticket with on-site CCTV.

The nearest postcode for GPS and journey planning directions is SY8 1ES.

Cycle parking is available at the Eco Park site.

For more info and fares visit The Shropshire Council

What are the top tourist spots in Ludlow?

Ludlow Visitor Information Centre

Ludlow Visitor Information Centre is manned by a team of dedicated volunteers. They’ve recently opened their new HQ at Ludlow Assembly Rooms close to the town centre so you can pop in to get useful guides and maps (and then pop into Bill’s Kitchen next door to digest it all!). No telephone contacts yet.

Email: visitors@ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

Ludlow Market

Ludlow’s award winning market trades every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday all year round as well as every third Sunday for the Antiques & Flea market and the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month for the Local Producers’ market.

For markets, events and a list of traders visit the Ludlow Market website

Ludlow Museum

Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross, SY8 1AW. Open Every Week – Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-4pm. Closed between Christmas Eve and New Years Day. Adults: £1 / Children under 16 year of age: Free. For regular updates visit their Facebook page

LUDLOW CASTLE PHOTO: PICTUREGRAFIX

Ludlow Castle

At the heart of historic Ludlow, lies our 11th century Castle, it’s must-see on your visit to Ludlow, hosts festivals throughout the year, is an amazingly unique wedding venue, offers comfortable accommodation, a gift shop, the Castle Gallery and the fantastic Castle Café. It’s an attraction that appeals to all ages. Our Top 3 reasons for visiting:

  1. Importance: The castle was once the centre of administration for the council of the Marches of Wales, an area that covered all of modern Wales and most parts of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Cheshire, and Gloucestershire

  2. Access: the Castle is pushchair and wheelchair friendly although due to the natural topography of the grounds, some areas inaccessible. Disabled toilets can be found in the Shop, outer area and Tea Rooms, baby changing facilities are provided in the Tea Rooms and the castle welcomes dogs on leads in both the grounds and the Tea Room’s Courtyard

  3. Location: located in the centre of Ludlow, it’s just a short stroll to our famous market and fabulous independent shops, cafés and restaurants. A walk around the castle walls will take you down to the river and if you’re up for the challenge of climbing the towers, expect spectacular views across the Shropshire countryside.St Laurence’s Church

Opening times vary from 10/11am-4/5pm and the castle does close infrequently for private events. No pre-booking required. Visit the Ludlow Castle Website for the latest updates. Admission, Adult £8, Concession (65yrs+ or Student) £7.00, Child (under 5 are free) £3.50, Family (2 x adults and up to 4 x children 5-16yrs) £20.00.

St Laurence’s Church

However you approach Ludlow, you can’t miss the imposing tower of St Laurence’s Church. Once you arrive in town, it’s a little harder to find but definitely worth a visit. The church is renowned for the famous 18th century Snetzler organ (originally installed in 1764), the Carillon bells, stained glass windows including ‘one of the ‘greatest mediaeval stained glass windows in the country, the comper banner and the highly unusual medieval carvings of the misericords (mercy seats) in the chancel.

If you’re feeling brave, climb the tower that rises 135 feet (41 metres) to reach the highest point in Ludlow and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic bird’s eye view of the medieval streets below and the beautiful hills beyond. And don’t forget to visit the brilliantly colourful new gift Shop which champions ethically produced and fair trade items. If you’d like to find out more, read our latest article

The church is usually open daily throughout the year, 10am – 5pm, 11am – 5pm Sundays.

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

The Ludlow Assembly Rooms has reopened after a huge refurbishment and but the box-office is now open for ticket sales offering a wide range of culture, films and exhibitions. Tickets can be purchased in person or via the website. The box office hours are Monday-Saturday 11am – 2pm & 5 – 8pm.