Ledbury

Poets' corner. Historic charm. Malvern Hills.

 

  • Enjoy international verse at Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Discover five centuries of architecture
  • Browse independent shops & fine restaurants
  • Visit local artisan cider, gin & wine producers
  • Explore Eastnor Castle & the Malvern Hills
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Ledbury


It's hard not to fall for Ledbury's many charms. With its pretty jumble of 17th-century and Georgian architecture, secret alleyways and famous cobbled lane, it's a photographer's dream. And its thriving high street and renowned Ledbury Poetry Festival often see the town top 'Best Places to Live' lists. The local love affair with words has fuelled the works of literary luminaries such as John Masefield, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the so-called 'Dymock Poets' including Robert Frost, Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas. Just minutes from the centre, footpaths lead walkers through ancient woods and orchards, up to the heights of Marcle Ridge and the Malverns, and along the long-distance Herefordshire Trail that circuits the county.

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Ledbury Shopping

Eclectic Shopping, Excellent Eating

Ledbury’s array of independent shops is quite irresistible. Homewares are a particular speciality, from interiors mecca Tinsmiths to the nordic delights of Hus & Hem. Wander around art galleries and bookshops, womenswear boutiques and lifestyle stores. There are plenty of places to refuel during a shopping spree: enjoy al fresco coffees, chic lunches, or a pie and a pint of Ledbury Gold.

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Ledbury

History on the Streets

The unusual stilted Market House in the heart of Ledbury, dating from the 17th century, continues to host twice-weekly markets. Tucked away on the opposite side of the High Street is the recently restored Masters House, its Tudor history revealed on an interactive tour. Church Street, a cobbled lane running behind the Market House, is home to the 16th-century Painted Room, the Heritage Centre and the Butcher’s Row Museum. At the end stands St Michael’s and All Angels Church, housing relics from the Civil War; musket-ball holes from that conflict still pepper walls at The Talbot hotel.  

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Chase

Meet the Artisan Makers

The countryside around Ledbury is studded with wonderful wine, gin and cider producers, from big names such as Weston’s and Chase to smaller artisan outfits including Gregg’s Pitt Cider & Perry, Oliver’s Cider & Perry, Little Pomona Cidery, Coddington Vineyard and Frome Valley Vineyard.

Book a tour or tutored tastings to enjoy the flavours of Herefordshire.

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Cider Circuits

Cider Circuits

Herefordshire’s cider is the stuff of legend. Follow two 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.

 

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Ledbury

Walk the Herefordshire Trail

This fantastic walking route calls at Ledbury on its circular journey around the county. Stroll a short section in a day or tackle the full 150-mile circuit.

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