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Once again Ludlow hits the press! Our thanks to The Independent for this fantastic article, featuring so many of The Ludlow Guide family.

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Browse the shops Rotary telephones, rainbow-striped faux-fur gilets, dog bandanas: a gift haul sourced from Ludlow boutiques should answer the pickiest of recipients.

Pottery, gins, plants and more are available at the open-air market in the town square on Castle Street. More than 40 stalls set up here each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year. There is also a market most Sundays.

Head to Eclectica for colourful outfits, The Silver Pear for ornaments and Mousetrap Cheese Shop for hunks of smelly treasure. Castle Bookshop has a strong selection of titles, including literature about the town. There are two delis in the centre: Harp Lane(run by the team behind The Townhouse Ludlow) and Broad Bean. Stray into Ludlow’s back streets to flick through the collection at Mod Lang vinyl records, then amble around Old Street for antiques.

Cosy cafés Kin Kitchen is Ludlow’s newest independent café, with a menu featuring produce grown in its kitchen garden and sourced from local suppliers. Sunlight floods into the back room, with a sofa, a coffee table made from the trunk of a felled tree and clapboard walls creating a stylish, but homely, setting. It is open for breakfast and dinner, with a Sunday brunch menu featuring dishes such as a Full Ludlow butcher’s breakfast (£10.50) and devilled mushrooms on toasted beer bread (£7). Customers can also book into one of its stylish apartments.

If a pastry and cappuccino is all you’re craving, stop by Local to Ludlow Café on the Square.

Rainy day refuges Ludlow Museum, £1.10 adults, under-16s free) is in the 18th-century Buttercross building. It details local history from the Stone Age through to the World Wars, with fossils, a medieval chasuble and audio accounts from among its collection. Ludlow Assembly Rooms has a programme of films, theatre and art exhibitions.

St Laurence’s Church, or “The Cathedral of the Marches”, dates back 800 years. Take a look at its stained-glass windows, misericords and the spot where Prince Arthur’s “heart” (likely a colloquial term for his intestines) were buried. A 15-minute bus ride will take you to The Ludlow Farm Shop.

A drink by the fire Ludlow’s parlour pubs are a novel post- or pre-dinner stop, devoid of phone calls, arcade games or televisions. Try The Blood Bay and The Dog Hangs Well; the latter could easily be mistaken for a private sitting room from the street and it has an open fire within. 

Along the same road as The Dog Hangs Well is The Feathers hotel, which was built in 1619 and opened as an inn in 1670. The half-timbered facade, suits of armour and uneven rooms lend a spooky atmosphere and its accommodation has been known to attract “ghost hunters”.

Ludlow Brewery, a venue for local bands and a two-minute walk from the rail station, also has a wood-burning stove by which to enjoy the house brews.

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