Ludlow is a market town that sits in Shropshire, within a sheltered spot beneath Mortimer Forest and the Clee Hills, near the confluence of the rivers Corve and Teme which are north and south respectively. It was famously described by Sir John Betjeman as “probably the loveliest town in England”.
The medieval walled town is the most historical part of Ludlow, which was founded in the late 11th century after the Norman conquest of England, centred on a small hill which lies on the eastern bank of a bend of the River Teme. This hill is also home to Ludlow Castle and the parish church of St Laurence’s, which is the largest in the county.
Ludlow is home to almost 500 listed buildings, including medieval and Tudor-style half-timbered buildings. Its medieval street plan remains intact, with Mill Street and Broad Street leading down to the very centre to the Teme in the south, both of which are renowned for their architectural heritage with numerous stunning Georgian buildings.
The town previously held the Ludlow Festival every year from 1960, where an open area within Ludlow Castle housed stages and backdrops for Shakespearean plays, and nearby venues held music concerts, lecture talks from public figures, and shows from entertainers. The Medieval Christmas Fayre continues to take place in Ludlow each November, which is also held in the castle and the market square.
Other landmarks include the Ludlow Assembly Rooms, which hosts live and streamed music, theatre, stand-up comedy, and talks, as well as the Rooftop Theatre Company which has held contemporary-styled Shakespeare shows since 2003.