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Dominated by an imposing Norman era castle and with views over the Welsh Mountains, Ludlow is an underrated but utterly sublime medieval town, nestled within the Shropshire Hills. Its high street brims with antiques shops, cafes and traditional pubs, housed within Tudor buildings, whose wooden beams creak with age. For those who love the outdoors, this is a hikers’ haven, with trails leading off into the hills and mountains. Nearby spa towns and historic sites, meanwhile, offer plenty of culture.

Things to see

Ludlow’s medieval city centre is a delight to explore. Every building exudes centuries of history and the narrow, winding streets offer an assortment of little independent shops and cafes which tempt with freshly baked cakes and confections. The central Market Square is busy and thriving with traditional commerce 4 days of the week, trading everything from speciality cheeses and chutneys to antiques and curios. Standing high above the city, Ludlow Castle is a spectacular fortress, with Norman battlements and medieval buildings. It is the setting for numerous shows and festivals throughout the year, and guided tours are available. Slightly further afield is the small spa town of Tenbury. As well as regular markets and local traditions dating back to medieval towns, the town is famed for the unique Tenbury Pump Rooms. The flamboyant architecture of this building combines Oriental and Tudor influences with a pagoda-style tower and squat, timber-strutted buildings.

Hotels in Ludlow

Ludlow has a selection of gorgeously romantic, historically atmospheric hotels and guesthouses to provide you with a stay to remember. Each hotel has distinct characteristics, but most offer a mid-range to luxury experience. In terms of prices, there are some great hotel deals to be found here. Furnishings tend to be traditional, with pine furniture, 4-poster beds and beamed ceilings. Still, there are concessions to the modern era with free WiFi offered and satellite TVs in the rooms. Free cooked or continental breakfasts are provided as standard, while some of the larger Ludlow hotels also offer onsite restaurants and old-style bars.

Where to stay

Central Ludlow has a few hotels to choose from and is a great place to stay to enjoy the festive, historic atmosphere of this Shropshire city. The city centre is compact enough to walk around and the castle is a short climb up the hill. It also makes a great base for hiking trips, with Ludlow’s cosy pubs and restaurants to return to at night. If you’d prefer somewhere more secluded, deep within the countryside, there are numerous B&Bs and farm stays to choose from, on both sides of the border. For budget hotels, try the larger town of Kidderminster.

How to get to Ludlow

Situated more or less in the middle of the country, there are numerous options for getting to Ludlow. No less than 4 international airports are within a 2-hour drive – of those, Birmingham Airport is the closest, located an hour and a half to the east of Ludlow by road. Hiring a car is probably the best option if you plan to explore rural Shropshire, but there are several public transport options too. There are direct trains from Birmingham Airport to Shrewsbury, and from there, onward trains to Ludlow. From Central London, you’ll need to change at Newport or Manchester stations.