The lively market town of Ludlow is an architectural gem which has more than 500 listed buildings, mainly Georgian or half-timbered.
It was described by John Betjeman as 'the loveliest town in England', as can be seen from this gallery of photographs.
Ludlow has the reputation of being the gastronomic capital of Shropshire, and is renowned for its restaurants, food fairs and festivals.
The impressive ruins of Ludlow Castle occupy the oldest part of the town and are set in an imposing position high above the River Teme. They feature examples of Norman, medieval and Tudor architecture.
The castle has been home to three royal princes - Edward and Richard, the so-called Princes in the Tower, and Arthur, son of Henry VII and elder brother of Henry VIII.
The ashes of A E Housman, celebrated poet and author of A Shropshire Lad, are buried in the grounds of St Laurence's Church, which is the largest parish church in the county.
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