Explore Shropshire

Visit Ludlow Town Centre

  • Ludlow is a fascinating small town with its beautiful and well-preserved medieval architecture. There are almost 500 listed buildings, including the castle which dates from around 1086. The other dominant building is Saint Laurence Church, also described as ‘the cathedral of The Marches’. The tower of St Laurence’s church is 41 metres high and offers excellent views of the town and Shropshire countryside (if you don’t mind climbing all 203 steps!).

  • The town is known for its vast array of small independent shops, many of which offer good quality locally-sourced food and drink. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants serving the food that Ludlow is well-known for.

Taste a Treat at Ludlow Farmshop

Go Walking in the Redlake Valley

  • The School House is in the beautiful Redlake Valley which offers some of the best scenery in south Shropshire. Two of the highlights are Caer Caradoc, with one of the best-preserved Iron Age hillforts around, and the stunning Brineddin Wood which is mainly composed of sessile oak. During spring there are many photogenic new-born lambs in the fields to grab your attention. You are welcome to take one of our walk routes to help you through this idyllic scenery.

Ramble on the Long Mynd & Stiperstones

  • These are two rocky outcrops at the heart of the Shropshire Hills AONB. The Long Mynd is a long plateau of heathland just above Church Stretton (known as Little Switzerland). Wild ponies can be found roaming on the top of the plateau. At the highest point, Pole Bank, is a viewing point with far reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

  • The drive to the top of The Long Mynd is spectacular with steep climbs from Ratlinghope and Church Stretton.

Visit Historic Houses and Gardens

Experience Shropshire Festivals

  • Shropshire is a county that has a fine tradition of festivals. The castle grounds are the setting for the big festivals in Ludlow. The Spring Festival in May combines local beer and food producers with live music and classic cars. September 2019 saw the 25th Food Festival, the oldest and one of the biggest in England. During the Food Festival about 180 local producers will display their wares with many other events also taking place in the town.

  • Other festivals include the quirky Clun Green Man festival over the early May Bank Holiday weekend (though sadly not in 2020) and there are various walking festivals in the area.

  • The Visit Shropshire Hills website has a calendar of festivals here.

Visit Clun & Bishops Castle

  • There are many small towns and villages to visit nearby. Clun is very close to us and has its castle ruins and several eateries to explore. A E Housman described the village as ‘the quietest place under the sun’ in A Shropshire Lad. Bishop’s Castle is another nearby village well worth a visit – not least because it has two breweries.

Cycle Along Quiet Lanes

  • The lanes around us do not get a lot of traffic and are therefore ideal for discovering Shropshire on two wheels. We can arrange cycle hire for you from a local company. The Shropshire Cycleway (south section) runs through Chapel Lawn.

Enjoy a Pint of Local Ale

Take a Tour of Ludlow Brewery

  • The Ludlow Brewery is in the town centre and offers tours of its restored railway shed premises. The Visitor Centre is also open for a relaxing drink - be that an ale, a coffee or something else. The venue occasionally holds indoor markets offering crafts and food.

Other Activities