Ludlow is the gourmet capital of England’s northwest. It is a beautiful town that is not only renowned for its excellent food but it also has a rich history that is centered around its Norman castle. The castle is perched on a cliff above the river, and was one of a line of fortifications built along the river to keep away the Welsh. The Norman keep was built around 1090 and has amazing views. You can rent row boats to explore the river below the castle. Just outside the castle’s entrance is the start of the 30-mile Mortimer Trail, and you can get more information on that from the tourist office. The Church of St. Laurence is one of the biggest parish churches in England. Markets are held in Ludlow almost every day of the week, and the town’s calendar peaks with the Ludlow Festival of music and dance that is held every June and July at the castle. The Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival is one of Britain’s best and takes place over a long weekend in September.