All those walks in the Shropshire hills may come to naught once you reach the gourmet capital of England’s northwest, Ludlow. This town has the twin attractions of being a crucible of culinary excellence, with more Michelin stars per head than anywhere but Paris, and boasting a rich historical core that fans out from its fine Norman castle. Its lovely muddle of narrow streets is flanked by half-timbered Jacobean and elegant Georgian buildings, many hosting independent butchers, bakers, grocers and cheesemongers all vying to whet your appetite. Our advice: book ahead and punch a few extra holes in your belt.
Ludlow’s helpful tourist office (875053; www.ludlow.org.uk; Castle St; 10am-5pm) is in the 19th-century assembly rooms, now a lively arts and community centre. There’s also a small back-to-front museum (813666; admission free; 10.30am-1pm & 2-5pm Easter-Oct) on the town and surrounding area here.
Internet can be tracked down at the library (813600; 7/9 Parkway; 9.30am-5pm Mon-Wed & Sat, 9.30am-7.30pm Fri) and clothes can be washed, dried and pressed at Ludlow Laundry (Tower St; per bag £4.80; 9am-6pm Mon-Sat).
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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