The world-famous garden, overhung with enormous clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Perched on a rock above the garden terraces, the medieval castle contains one of the finest collections in Wales. It was originally built c.1200 by Welsh princes and was subsequently adapted and embellished by generations of Herberts and Clives, who furnished the castle with a wealth of fine paintings and furniture. A beautiful collection of treasures from India is displayed in the Clive Museum
Driving Time: approx 45 Mins
It is fair to say that Ludlow is one of the prettiest towns in Shropshire. Making it a great backdrop for photographs, and it always makes a great day out. Whether you want to get some retail therapy by browsing its smart independent shops – many of which are in charm-filled medieval buildings – or enjoying a meal out in its renowned cafes and restaurants, or taking in one of its famous festivals, You can always expect to enjoy yourself thoroughly.
Of course Ludlow Castle is without doubt this market town’s greatest landmark, and greatly deserves a visit. It is a beautiful structure to simply walk round ad enjoy, while its history is simple fascinating.
The castle can be traced back to the 11th century, around the time of the Norman Conquest. According to www.ludlowcastle.com Walter De Lacy, a trusted member of the household of William FitzOsbern arrived in England with the conquering army of William in 1066. FitszOsbern was rewarded for his loyal part in Williams’s victory with an Earldom over lands in Hereford. After three years of local resistance, FitzOsbern was able to claim his Earldom and planned to keep his new acquisition secure by developing a string of castles along the border of England and Wales.
Thus, Walter de Lacy, FitzOsbern’s second in command seems to have acquired the lands of South Shropshire – and from there, he appears to be linked with the earliest developments around Ludlow Castle. Walter’s sons, the first roger and then hugh, built the earliest surviving parts of the castle, and the de Lacy family retained lordship until the end of the 13th century.
Welcome to The Ludlow
Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem with a lively community feel, busy with events and festivals throughout the year. The historic town centre is situated on a cliff above the River Teme and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches. Ludlow is an excellent base for walking and cycling; as well as exploring the rest of Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.
Ludlow has a reputation for the quality of its food and drink with many excellent restaurants and cafes encouraged by the areas abundance of quality producers. Every September the town is filled with food lovers from all over the UK, and beyond for the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival
Ludlow by John Creber
I love those crumbling castle walls
The old half timbered shops & halls
And how the streets go tumbling down
To riverbanks around the town
The festival, the market square, the medieval, Christmas Fayre
i love those lazy long weekends
Good comppany, Good food, Good friends
Welcome to Ludlow Market
Award winning market trading
every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday all year
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A local produce market held monthly – every 2nd and 4th Thursday.
The Mill On the Green
Ludlow Millennium Green situated by the River Teme and Dinham Bridge, is a popular destination for locals and visitors, it is one of the few areas of the river that can be freely and easily accessed.
It is well worth a visit to just sit and relax and feed the ever hungry ducks swimming by. Or even to have a dip in the River Teme. A large green open space is ideal for picnics or soaking up some sun. The Millennium Green is in a beautiful location underneath the cliff that Ludlow Castle’s imposing ruins sit upon.
Why not visit www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk for information on activities and sites in Shropshire, you can also email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Why not visit the Regal in Tenbury Wells, see web site for details at www.regaltenbury.co.uk
Visit Ludlow Brewery and we’ll personally show you around our working brewery. We don’t do formal guided tours but we’re always happy to talk beer! Why not try some of our lovely ales during your visit? And, if you’ve worked up a thirst with all the talk of beer, we’ve got a fully stocked bar and shop here too.
Based in a sensitively restored Victorian railway shed, our visitor centre and brewery tap are open to day time visitors throughout the week. Gleaming brewing equipment stretches right up into the old ceilings and we’ve got a comfortable and informal bar area with our full range of quality beers on offer.
Ludlow Best 3.7% – A golden amber complexion, well balanced session beer. The aroma of this ale is banana, pineapple and toffee. It has a resisnous and dry finish. This is the only beer we do not bottle.
Gold 4.2% – Our first beer brewed, which created a huge following, is now establised as a firm favourite. This has a golden ale complexion with a papaya, pineapple and lemon aroma. Gold has a soft, full bodied creamy taste.
Black Knight 4.5% – This stout has a ruby black complexion, with a smokey, liquorice aroma and a sweet, roasted nutty flavour. Winner of the People’s Choice Gold Award at the Ludlow Ale Trail 2011.
Boiling Well 4.7% – This premium ale was our second brew and was named after the local Boiling Well Meadow, a few hundred metres from the brewery. It has a auburn chesnut complexion and a grassy aroma of autumn fruit with a full bodied sweet then dry taste. This ale won Gold in 2011 for the SIBA Premium Bitter for Wales and West.
Stairway 5% -Stairway has a honey gold complexion with a grassy, citrus floral aroma. It has a sharp, sweet, full bodied taste. Unusual use of Sladek lagering hops, building a large cult following. Awarded silver for the SIBA regional beer for strong bitters 2011.
Severn Valley Railway
“The SVR is a full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular steam-hauled passenger trains for the benefit of visitors and enthusiasts alike between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a distance of 16 miles. The route follows the course of the River Severn for most of the way on its journey between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. ”
Driving Time: approx 30 Mins
Historic Working Farm
‘Tom Acton is a leading authority on Victorian farming and his enthusiasm is evident, for in an age when most landowners obliterated all trace of the past to modernize their property, the Actons lovingly preserved the history and heritage of theirs.’ David Upshal, Executive Producer, ‘Victorian Farm’.
Situated in the estate’s 18th century Home Farm buildings, Acton Scott’s Historic Working Farm is a wonderful visitor attraction for all the family to enjoy. (For opening dates and times, prices and special events see below.)
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. Tom’s foresight has helped to preserve many traditions that might otherwise have been lost to modern day farming techniques.
Today, the Historic Working Farm offers a fascinating insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th century, as farm life unfolds daily and the land around is worked by heavy horses. There are daily demonstrations of period skills and visits from the Wheelwright, Farrier and Blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate.
The Old School, originally built by Frances Stackhouse Acton in the late 19th century to educate the children of the Parish, has been recently restored and is now a charming cafe. It serves home cooked hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks and is also open to non-farm visitors. There is a gift shop and special events throughout the open season.
A programme of traditional craft and trade courses to learn about the forgotten skills of the past runs throughout 2013. For more information click here or telephone 01694 781 307.
Day to day activities on the Farm are managed and funded by Shropshire Council, as tenants of the Acton Scott estate.
We are open from Tuesday 26 March to Sunday 3 November 2013.
Tuesday – Friday: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Weekends: 10.30am – 5.00pm
Bank holiday Mondays: 10.30am – 5.00pm
Please note. we are not open on Mondays, except for bank holidays.
The School House Cafe (also open to non-farm visitors) and Museum Shop, open 10.30 – 4.30pm. There is ample parking at the main entrance and an undercover picnic area.
2013 Admission prices
Senior Citizens: £9.00
Children (4-17): £6.00 (Under 4 free)