Destination: Shropshire and Ludlow

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Historical natural region containing some of Britain's oldest towns and villages

Shropshire and Ludlow

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Introducing Shropshire and Ludlow


Ludlow in Shropshire is one of the finest examples of an authentic English town. Described as "the loveliest town in England" by John Betjeman and as "the most vibrant small town in the Country" by Country Life, it's a little gem nestled in the heart of the country. Sitting on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country, known as the Welsh Marches. The centre of the town is an amazing concentration of architectural heritage, with buildings from different eras rubbing shoulders with one another (the town is said to have around 500 listed buildings!). Apart from the diversity of this built environment, Ludlow is also unique in that many of the buildings are in regular, commercial use which brings a real village feel to the town. Besides boasting a rich historical core, the town is also known as a gourmet capital with more Michelin stars per head than anywhere but Paris! Shrewsbury is another picturesque town in Shropshire renowned to be one of England's most splendid heritage towns with over 600 listed buildings. You will very quickly fall in love with the medieval cobbled streets, alleys and squares, time-worn Tudor buildings and sweeping gardens along the River Severn.

Shropshire and Ludlow

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Region: Central England

Time to spend here: 1/2 -1 day

More Information: Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge

What's nearby? Shropshire

What transport do you recommend? Local buses serve the area but a vehicle is the easiest way to get around here.

Did you know? There are towns called Ludlow all over the United States of America but Ludlow in England is the original!

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Ludlow Castle

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Ludlow Castle is one of the finest and most interesting of medieval ruined castles in England. Its construction started around 1085, with many later additions in the following two centuries. Set in the heart of Ludlow, it enjoys a dominant and imposing position high above the River Teme.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

St Laurence's Church

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St Laurence's Church is one of the largest churches in the country. In its present form, the church has stood in the centre of Ludlow for some 550 years! The tower of St Laurence's contains one of the finest rings of 10 bells in England.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Ludlow Museum

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Ludlow Museum tells the story of the town and includes some of the important events and the people who have lived and worked here; from Bronze Age farmers, through to the present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Shrewsbury Castle

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Shrewsbury Castle as it can be seen today is a Norman red sandstone construction originally built in 1070. Today Shrewsbury Castle houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum including spectacular collections of pictures, weapons, uniforms and other memorabilia from the 1700s to the present. If you head up to Laura's Tower on the motte, you'll be standing on the site of the first Norman castle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Quarry Park

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Quarry Park in Shrewsbury is a beautiful 29-acre parkland that used to be a rough place, where tanneries were sited and stone was dug and the local women used to do their washing. The good gentlefolk of Shrewsbury decided to transform it and create a riverside promenade for their refined Regency ladies. The Quarry is still use it for precisely the same purpose nowadays!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Shrewsbury Abbey

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Shrewsbury Abbey was founded in 1083 by the Norman Roger de Montgomery. The abbey was firmly put on the tourist map because of the famous monastic detective Brother Cadfael in the medieval mystery series Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, written by Ellis Peters. Inside, the Abbey retains four of the massive drum-shaped columns from the original Norman church, and fragments of the shrine of St. Winifred, the 7th century Welsh martyr.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Ironbridge Gorge

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Make sure you visit the Ironbridge Gorge, one of Shropshire's top attractions, known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Nature has reclaimed most of the former industrial sites, leaving the gorge with a unique and beautiful wooded valley. The gorge is now a maze of footpaths, bridleways and country lanes. Built by Abraham Darby III and now recognised as one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution, the remarkable Iron Bridge still dominates the small town that bears its name. A visit to the Blists Hill Victorian Town is not to me missed! There you'll be able to meet the Victorians in their shops, cottages and workplaces, see all the animals, enjoy a horse and cart ride or a cone of traditional Fish and Chips.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Stokesay Castle

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A visit to Stokesay Castle is not to be missed. It is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group. It is one of the first fortified manor houses in England, 'builded like a castle' for effect but lit by large domestic-style windows.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is one of Britain's leading working farm museums and is situated in the 18th century Home Farm of the Acton Scott Estate. Conceived by Thomas Acton more than a generation ago to keep alive the 19th century farming practices he grew up with, the farm was the first of its kind and has been much copied since. Today, the farm specialises in practical demonstrations of historic farming using traditional skills and period horse-drawn machines. You can see farm life unfold on the land, around the farm yard and in the cottage with each day being rounded off with milking by hand.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Severn Valley Steam Railway

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A good way to discover the scenic Shropshire countryside is to take a ride on a steam-hauled passenger train. You can have a wonderful day out travelling down the beautiful Severn valley from Bridgnorth to Bewdley then Kidderminster.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

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