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.
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 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
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:
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
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
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.