Ludlow, Shropshire

Ludlow’s quite a gem; it’s not quite big enough to lure in the huge chain stores so the streets remain full of historic buildings that haven’t lost their charm, and they house individual shops and eateries.
At the top of the main street is a big town square where a bustling market is held twice a week; a little further on is the 11th century castle, perched high on a cliff above the River Teme with spectacular views across the Shropshire countryside and the Welsh Marches.
In September epicureans flock to the town for the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival, where you’ll find all manner of delights, but otherwise when you’re in need of sustenance you should go to the Rose & Crown which is a hidden gem tucked away in a tiny cobbled courtyard, or to the Globe in the town centre. The Charlton Arms on the bridge is also good, especially if you want to eat alfresco.
Go and have a wander round Ludlow Millennium Green; it’s popular with families having picnics and feeding the ducks; if it’s raining go to the museum.

All information correct at the time of writing

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