The market town Ludlow is located in the county of Shropshire, England close to the Welsh border on the east bank of the River Teme. On top of a hill that overlooks the town are Ludlow Castle and the market place, both worthy of a visit for their historical significance.
From this point the streets of the medieval walled town slope downward towards the river and are a pleasant walk for all abilities. Ludlow has nearly 500 listed buildings that include some great examples of medieval and Tudor-style half-timbered buildings. Ludlow plays host to a number of annual events, including The Ludlow Festival, which is during the end of June and the start of July each year.
An open area within the castle serves as the stage for various Shakespearean plays, while a number of supporting events include classical and pop concerts. The Medieval Christmas Fayre is another annual event in Ludlow taking place during late November, again centred on Ludlow Castle and the market square.
Stokesay Castle, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9AH (01588) 672544
Six miles from Ludlow is Stokesay Castle, the best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England.
Built sometime in the 13th Century, the centrepiece of the castle is a magnificent open-hearthed great hall, unaltered since it was built in 1291. Visitors can also walk along a moat that surrounds this magnificent castle.