Ludlow Assembly Rooms opened its doors in May 1993 in the restored and updated buildings of the former Assembly Rooms, dating from 1840. The opening was the result of five years of tireless campaigning by a group of people who believed that our rural community deserved its own place of entertainment.
At first only a limited line-up of entertainment was possible, but the venue proved so popular that over the years the programme has expanded beyond all expectations, and there is now a film or live event almost every night of the year.
In October 2021 the Assembly Rooms reopened after a 2-year programme of restoration and improvement, with improved and new facilities, including its café Bill's Kitchen, and a restoration of the original Castle Street main entrance.
The building is very popular and well used, with an estimated footfall of 200,000 per year. The venue also brings substantial benefits to the local economy — an independent survey conducted by Sheffield University in 2005 found that it supports the local economy to the tune of £3,000,000 a year.