About Ludlow

"Ludlow...is probably the loveliest town in England with its hill of Georgian houses ascending from the river Teme to the great tower of the cross-shaped church, rising behind a classic market building."  

John Betjeman, 1943

Ludlow is a beautifully-preserved medieval market town, with over 500 listed buildings — a real 'must-see' for anyone who loves historic architecture. It is nestled in the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by spectacular countryside, Ludlow is a paradise for walkers and cyclists.

The best place to learn all about Ludlow is here: www.ludlow.org.uk. Or have a look at the Official Tourism websites for Shropshire and neighbouring Herefordshire.

You should also check out the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Here, you'll find our local Tourist Information Centre. There's also a cinema, showing the latest films and streamed opera and theatre productions from London, and they host a wide variety of other activities and events.

The town and region is buzzy and vibrant all year. There are antique fairs, literary festivals, music festivals, gardening & harvest festivals, a classic car & artisan beer festival (in May), a 3-week arts festival (in June), a massive medieval fayre (in late November) — you name it! And every September, great chefs and gourmet aficionados flock to Ludlow for its famous Food Festival

If you enjoy historic houses and gardens, Stokesay Castle, Stokesay CourtBerrington Hall (NT), Croft Castle (NT), Hampton Court Castle, Hellens ManorEastnor Castle, and Powis Castle (NT) are all 10 to 50 minutes from The Maltings. 

We are also very well positioned for day trips to Shrewsbury, Hereford, Worcester and Hay-On-Wye

Within walking distance — or at most, a short drive — there is a tennis club, horse riding, golf, fishing, bicycle hire, ten-pin bowling and a fitness club with an indoor pool. Ludlow Racecourse is just outside of town.

If you prefer something a bit more tranquil, we can recommend some excellent practitioners in holistic massage, yoga, beauty therapies and hair styling. Let us know what you have in mind and we'll be more than happy to help.

If you'd rather just play it by ear, you'll find all the latest events listings on your bookshelf, along with lots of brochures and local maps.

"Has there ever been a visitor to Ludlow who hasn’t wished they lived there?"

Jeremy Paxman, 2009 

"The secret of Ludlow resides in the fact that, like York, it was once a seat of government in Tudor and Stuart England.... This is a town which, although the tide of history has receded from it, still manages to preside magisterially over the countryside one glimpses at the end of every street. "

Sir Roy Strong

"For sheer visual beauty, coloured by romantic history and substantiated in richness of architectural sequence, Ludlow stands high, perhaps first among English towns."

Christopher Hussey, 1945

"During the past few years, Ludlow, in Shropshire, has burst into life. Georgian Houses have been renovated, it has become the gastronomic capital of the countryside, and eminent people from all spheres of life are moving in....It has become a paradigm for a modern kind of civilised living."

Anthony Everett, 1999