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Mini guide to Ludlow


Described as 'the most perfect town in England' by Sir John Betjeman, Ludlow in Shropshire is a town with a history dating back to 1086, the year that the town's impressive castle was built. These days, with its market, regular festivals, medieval heritage and rural charm, Ludlow is a popular tourist destination.

Situated on a hill overlooking the Rivers Teme and Corve, Ludlow Castle was built as one of a line of castles along the Marches with the intention of keeping out the Welsh. The building of the castle was the impetus for the building of the town itself, with the initial buildings having been grouped around the castle. This magnificent structure is open to the public throughout the year, while the inner and outer baileys are used for annual festivals and other events.

Ludlow's museum contains some interesting displays chronicling the town's medieval past and will be of interest to anyone with a taste for history. Meanwhile, the Ludlow racecourse is located on a site that claims to have hosted equine sports as far back as 1729. These days it has regular and well attended race meetings.

The town has something of a reputation for good restaurants, built upon the quality of the produce from local suppliers. Choices range from traditional British restaurants to bistros and international establishments. For after dinner entertainment, there's a range of pubs and bars.

Within easy driving distance of Ludlow is Ironbridge Gorge, offering visitors a chance to experience something of life from the days when the pounding of steam hammers and the clatter of horse hooves was essential to industry and the local way of life.

Ludlow is located on the A49 trunk road, which runs from Warrington through to Shrewsbury and Hereford, and then on to Ross-on-Wye. Rail options are perhaps the most reliable, with good connections at Crewe and Manchester for the north, at Shrewsbury for Birmingham and the Midlands, and at Newport (South Wales) for London and the south. Birmingham International Airport is perhaps the nearest airport offering international connections.

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