Ledbury

Poetry Town. Historic charm. Independent shops.

 

  • Excellent independent places to shop & eat
  • Visit local artisan cider, gin & wine producers
  • Eastnor Castle & the Malvern Hills nearby
  • Home to Ledbury Poetry Festival
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Ledbury

 

Ledbury's historic streets are lined with brilliant independent shops, plus plenty of places to refuel. The town is surrounded by woods, orchards and hills, with footpaths winding up to the  Malvern Hills. Literary luminaries, including Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Masefield, were enamoured with this beautiful area. And the local love affair with words continues via the international Ledbury Poetry Festival.

 

Ledbury: The essentials

Ledbury Shopping

Unique Shopping

Wander the historic streets and stroll up tiny alleys  to find Ledbury’s irresistable array of independent shops. Homewares are a particular speciality, from interiors mecca Tinsmiths to the nordic delights of Hus & Hem. Mooch around art galleries and bookshops, womenswear boutiques, lifestyle stores and delis. Dotted all around, you'll find plenty of spots for coffee and a bite to eat.  

Ledbury

Historical Streets, Close to the Hills

Soak up the town's history and your stroll the streets. See the unusual stilted 17th-century Market House, find out about the Tudor history of the restored Masters House and walk up the cobbles of Church Street, home to the 16th-century Painted Room, the Heritage Centre, the Butcher’s Row Museum and, then, St Michael’s and All Angels Church where a painting by Titian was discovered. The town is surrounded by woods, great for walking, whilst the Malvern Hills and Marcle Ridge are within easy reach for longer hikes.

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Weston's Cider Signage

Big Apple Country

Ledbury is surrounded by orchards which are celebrated twice a year by the fantastic Big Apple festivals. Tours, tastings and orchard walks are also available all year round, at the established Westons Cider as well as at award-winning artisan producer Gregg's Pit.  Herefordshire has a growing reputation for wine-making so a trip to nearby Coddington Vineyard is another must. 

Ledbury: Plan your trip

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the ledberry garden

Places to eat

Browse the best places to eat & drink, from plant-based cafe Pot & Page to The Ledberry with its secret suntrap garden.  

 

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Eastnor Castle

Things to see & do

Enjoy a day out at Eastnor Castle or visit the historic Hellens Manor, taste award-winning wine at Coddington Vineyard and travel to the past at the Heritage Centre. 

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Large black and white historic hotel with hanging baskets of flowers

Places to stay

Stay in and around Ledbury, options include a timber-framed former coaching inn, grand country homes through to yurts amidst the apple trees. 

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Great times to visit

In July: Ledbury Poetry Festival

Come in the first two weeks of July to experience the Ledbury Poetry Festival, which takes place in venues throughout the town and out into the beautiful hills, with the greatest poetic voices from around the world.

In October: Big Apple Harvestime

Early October, the area plays host to a weekend dedicated to celebrating the apple harvest. Visit local orchards and artisan cideries to see, hear and smell cider being made and taste many different varieties of apples, local ciders, perries and apple juices. The programme includes many events from readings to guided walks.

Active adventures

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Cider Circuits

Bike the Cider Circuits

Herefordshire’s cider is the stuff of legend. Follow the fantastic Cider Circuits to journey through our scenic countryside by bike or car, meeting some of the finest local cider and perry producers en route. The Redstreak circuit takes in Ledbury as well as nearby Westons Cider and Gregg's Pit.

 

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Herefordshire Trail waymarker

Walk the Herefordshire Trail

This fantastic walking route starts at Ledbury and loops around the county. Stroll a short section or tackle the full 154-mile circuit over a few days.

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