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 and the 11th century Ludlow Castle are situated on a cliff above the River Teme and are surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.
A mainline railway station provides access through to the West Midlands and Birmingham.
Overall, the county of Shropshire has numerous market towns and proudly boasts 32 stately homes and castles, including Ludlow Castle and the spectacular gardens at Powis Castle.
The website “Walking in Shropshire” has lots of walks to download and print free from around this beautiful county.
Ludlow Visitor Information Centre, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AZ. Tel: 01584 875053
There are also abbeys, parks and gardens in the county, including the grottos of Hawkstone Park and Follies and Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre both in Shrewsbury.
Explore the myths and legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table or visit the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge to the north or the historic city of Worcester with its Cathedral and historic buildings.
If you’re looking for a great family day out, you need travel no further than the outskirts of Kidderminster to visit West Midlands Safari Park.
To find out more visit www.shropshiretourism.co.uk The website features information on where to eat, where to visit, towns and local history. Brochures on attractions and local golf courses can be downloaded or requested.
Bridgnorth Visitor Information Centre, The Library, Listley Street, Bridgnorth WV16 4AW. Tel: 01746 763257
With shops, cafes and inns, Bridgnorth is a delightful place to visit. The historic buildings in high town and the river port below are connected by Bridgnorth Cliff Railway which runs every few minutes. And you can also catch the Severn Valley Railway which takes you through some of the most picturesque parts of the Severn valley.
Described as the most perfect small Georgian town in Worcestershire. Located on the River Severn, its name says it all – from the French Beau Lieu – beautiful place. River walks, museum, churches, gardens and over 20 pubs and restaurants.
At the heart of the beautiful market town of Ironbridge, spanning the banks for the River Severn, you will find the world’s first iron bridge constructed here and now the internationally recognised symbol of the Industrial Revolution.
Powis Castle is a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion located near Welshpool in Mid Wales and is known for its extensive, attractive formal gardens, terraces, parkland, deerpark and landscaped estate.