Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross

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Ludlow’s historic Grade 1 listed Buttercross was built in 1743-46 on the site of the old High Cross at the heart of the town. From its central location, the museum enjoys fabulous views along the listed beautiful buildings of Broad Street and the countryside beyond.

The museum at the Buttercross tells Ludlow’s history from the warm shallow tropical sea that covered the area 400 million years ago and formed the town’s unique geology and fossils..

Through the prehistory of Ludlow and Bromfield, and the treasures including the Bitterley Hoard, the Dinham Saxon dagger pommel, Saxon filigree ring…

And the medieval artefacts from Ludlow Castle and St Laurence’s church, both situated in the town centre and near neighbours of the Buttercross..

To maps depicting the development of the walled town and Ludlow’s architecture through the ages including the Market Hall, also the story of Ludlow’s professions and trades, and concluding with exhibits from Ludlow at war and peace.

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Opening hours

Fri, Sat, Sun 10-4pm
Bank Holidays 10-4pm

Admission charges

Adults £1
Children under 16yrs 50p
Children under 5yrs Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Natural Sciences, Social History, Weapons and War

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Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross

Questioning Civilisation, One Case at a Time

  • 2 March — 31 May 2018 *on now

To tie in with the BBC Civilisations Festival, Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross will be encouraging visitors to question each case and the theme therein with the concept of 'Civilisation' in mind. 'War: What is it Good For?', 'Medicine: How Much is Too Much?' and other broad themes such as society, religion, politics and consumerism.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £1
Children under 16yrs 50p
Children under 5yrs Free

Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross
The Buttercross
High Street




01584 878697

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