Silk Top Hat Gallery

Contemporary art gallery providing a showcase for original British paintings, prints, sculpture and crafts in Ludlow town centre. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.

About Us

GallerypicBLOGLudlow has been described as the finest small town in England and at its heart in Quality Square there was once a silk top hat factory.  Over the years the building served many uses before falling into disrepair.  In 1981 it was renovated and maintains a link with the past in its name – the Silk Top Hat Gallery.

On the top two floors you can see original paintings, prints, sculpture and crafts by contemporary professional artists from far and near. We organise specialised exhibitions of contemporary work, both modern and traditional. The lively programme of exhibitions, demonstrations and tours is previewed and reviewed in the Gallery’s Newsletter published three times a year.


On the ground floor, we have the Gallery Shop with a comprehensive stock of materials for the professional artist, fine art, greetings cards and postcards, including those published by the Gallery and an unusual selection of original gifts.

 Friends of the Gallery

If you are interested in seeing future exhibitions and would like to support the Gallery, membership of the ‘Friends’ has the following benefits: 10% discount on the purchase of paintings, prints and sculpture; invitations to all Private Views and exhibition openings; three Newsletters a year with listings of future exhibitions, events in the Gallery, Top Hat Tours, news, reviews and comments; discounted prices on Top Hat Tours.  If you would like to join the ‘Friends’ please send your name and address together with a cheque for £25.00 for a year’s subscription to the Gallery.

Top Hat Tours

All are welcome to join us on Top Hat Tours.  We organise coach tours to specific exhibitions and venues including Oxford, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Liverpool.  For further information please call or write to us and ask to be included on the Top Hat Tours mailing list.

Own Art

Interest free credit is available at the Silk Top Hat Gallery.  OWN ART is administered by Arts Council England in a limited number of galleries in the country selected for the quality of the work they exhibit.  The scheme is a simple loan agreement on purchases of contemporary art between £100 and £2,500 repaid over 10 months.