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Ludlow in General
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Ludlow in General
Date: 19/10/00, updated on 19/10/00 (90 review reads)
Disadvantages: only if you like to be right on the motorway network
What are you looking for in a weekend break? Historic buildings, beautiful countryside, michelin star restaurants or a relaxed atmosphere? All can be found by visiting Ludlow in Shropshire. I must admit at the beginning of this article to being slightly biased - I was raised in this stunning town!
So what is special? Firstly the setting. An unspoilt town of black and white and georgian buildings, set by the river Teme. Above the town rises the spire of St Lawrence Church, one of the finest parish churches in the country. On the other side the Norman castle still defends the town. Ludlow still has the grid system laid down by the Romans. It is easy to wander through streets filled with Tudor buildings reflecting it power in Tudors times. Arthur, Henry VIIIs elder brother had his honeymmon here at the castle with Catherine of Aragon. She was later to marry Henry. In earlier time the famous Princes of the Tower also stayed at Ludlow. Today the castle is a great place to walk around- don't miss the circular chapel. In the summer the Ludlow Festival holds open air performances of one of Shapespeare's plays.
Nearby is the parish church, a symbol of the town's importance and wealth. Its soaring perpendicular architecture is like a minature cathedral. It contains fine stained glass, carvings and Elizabethan tombs. Ask for the key to go up the tower to view the rollling countryside. It will alsways be associated with A.E. Houseman and his poem "A Shropshire Lad".
Broad Street has been described by Betjamin as one of the most beautiful streets in England with it fine georgian houses when Ludlow again became a fashionable haunt for the gentry. Nelson stayed here. As you go through the Bull Ring you reach Corve Street and the famous Feathers Hotel one of the oldest inns in the country. It has a nice front bar for a drink if you can't afford to stay here.
This is just the icing on the cake. You can try boating on the
river, visit the race course or just enjoy the michelin star restaurants here - more than anywhere outside London. People are coming here for the food alone. If you feel like some exercise enjoy the surrounding hills. Accommodation is plentiful and varied. Ring the local tourist office and give it a try!