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Hilltop LUDLOW is one of the most picturesque towns in the West Midlands – a gaggle of beautifully preserved black-and-white half-timbered buildings packed around a craggy stone castle, with rural Shropshire forming a drowsy backdrop. The town is also something of a gastronomic hideyhole, with a clutch of outstanding restaurants.
Mostly though, it's the town's general appearance that appeals rather than any special sight. On the Bull Ring, the Feathers Hotel is a fine Jacobean building with the fanciest wooden facade imaginable. Steeply sloping Broad Street is particularly attractive, flanked by many of Ludlow's five hundred half-timbered Tudor and red-brick Georgian listed buildings, its north end framed by the high and mighty Butter Cross, a Neoclassical extravagance from 1744. At the foot of Broad Street is Ludlow's only surviving medieval gate, which was turned into a house in the eighteenth century.
The castle makes a fine open-air auditorium during the Ludlow Festival (Tel:01584/872 150, Web: www.ludlowfestival.co.uk ), two weeks of assorted musical and theatrical fun running from the end of June to early July.
Small Hotel in 18th-century stone Manor House situated 40 yards from town center, near historic Ludlow Castle.
Construction of this fortress (designed to keep an eye on the neighboring Welsh) began in the 11th Century. It was later enlarged and was for a time the center ...