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Guide to Ludlow

Ludlow is a market town in Shropshire, located 23 miles north of Hereford and 28 miles south of Shrewsbury. It has a population of around 11,000, making it the largest town in south Shropshire. Situated close to Wales, Ludlow lies near the midpoint of the England-Wales border.

The town of Ludlow is home to almost 500 listed buildings, including medieval and Tudor-style architecture. English poet, writer and broadcaster Sir John Betjeman once described Ludlow as “probably the loveliest town in England”. Among its most treasured landmarks are Ludlow Castle, St Lawrence’s Cathedral and Ludford Bridge.

Ludlow was crowned winner of the Academy of Urbanism’s ‘Great Town Award’ in 2007, and was featured on the first episode of BBC television series ‘Town’.


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Once a year, Ludlow hosts the Marches Festival of Food & Drink, where more than 150 local food producers sell and showcase their goods and delicacies. The three-day event also includes a variety of food and drink experiences, including taste workshops, pudding tasting and a real ale trail.

Ludlow Racecourse and Ludlow Golf Club are located beside each other, just 2 miles northwest of the town centre. There is also a private leisure and fitness centre on the northern edge of Ludlow, which includes a swimming pool and other fitness facilities.

There are three primary schools in the local area, as well as the Ludlow Church of England School for children aged between 11 and 16. Sixth form college Ludlow College can be found in the town centre.

Ludlow has good transport links, with Ludlow station a mere 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre. The station provides regular services via Arriva Trains Wales.


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