Ledbury – a place of poetry and culture

Big enough to be bustling and vibrant, but small enough to keep a strong sense of community, Ledbury is a market town with a unique feel.

At the centre of Ledbury is the Black and White Grade 1 listed Market Hall. Reportedly designed by the King’s Carpenter John Abel, building work on Market Hall started in 1617 and took around 50 years. It is one of the finest examples in England and still hosts markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

If you are interested in exploring Ledbury and the surrounding area on two wheels, including the unique cider cycling route, Come Cycling Ledbury offers all the information you need to get you on the right track and exploring the county.

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A who’s who of poetry, so fitting for a festival

Ledbury Hunt

Victorian poet legend Elizabeth Barratt-Browning lived at Hope End on the outskirts of Ledbury. John Masefiled – Poet Laureat of the United Kingdom from 1930 – 1967 – was born in the town in 1878. The Dymock Poets – a 20th century group were based around the nearby Gloucestershire village that gave them their name.

Taking place over 10 days every July, The Ledbury Poetry Festival has become the leading poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets from all over the world. Visit the festival and enjoy readings, performances, films, workshops and more.

History at every turn

A number of timbered buildings align the charming Ledbury High Street. Pop into Ledbury Town Hall to view the 16th century painted room or walk up a cobbled street to the Butcher Row House Museum which offers a fascinating glimpse into local Victorian life.

Just out of town, in the foothills of the Malverns is Eastnor Castle. Surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake, Eastnor is a 19th Century revival castle with richly decorated interiors to view and magnificent grounds to explore.

Accommodation in Ledbury
While discovering the true culture and heritage of Ledbury, why not spend your stay at one of our luxurious self-catering and B&Bs houses throughout Ledbury, allowing you a peaceful escape from the city.
Food and Drink in Ledbury
Ledbury has a host of food experiences for you to enjoy, from our Weston's Cider restaurant in the countryside to cosy pubs and tea shops in the heart of Ledbury.
Frome Valley Vineyard
Discover Ledbury's poetic culture, historic houses and museums, or take a trip into the nearby countryside by car or cycle – you will not be short of places to visit.
River Wye Canoeists
Ledbury and the surrounding areas have a variety of events and festivals taking place throughout the year.