Leominster

Antiques mecca. Cider country. Black and White Villages.

  • Antiques treasure trove with more than 120  dealers
  • Fascinating heritage, including the last ducking stool used in England!
  • Gateway to the Black & White Villages
  • Perfect base for nearby historic houses & open gardens
  • Fantastic craft cider producers on the doorstep 
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Grange Court


A wealth of antique shops has brought TV stardom to Leominster (pronounced ‘Lemster’) – but this beguiling market town remains charmingly down-to-earth, with its array of vibrant independent shops and blend of medieval, Tudor and Georgian architecture. Lying in the heart of Mortimer Country, the many castles and historic houses in the surrounding countryside are ripe with stories of the area's dramatic past. This Walkers are Welcome town offers easy access to nearby woods and the long-Herefordshire Trail.

Leominster: In a nutshell

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Leominster

Antiques & Independent Shops

Beneath medieval overhanging eaves, in Georgian townhouses and under ancient wooden beams, more than 100 antique dealers ply their trade in Leominster. It's an absolute treasure trove.There's also a host of fabulous independent shops, including galleries, bookshops, contemporary womenswear and a super toy shop. 

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Leominster

Black & White Villages Trail

Start a tour of the Black and White villages by bike, car or bus with a wander around Leominster's historic streets, including a trip to the intricately carved Grange Court. This timber-framed masterpiece was built by the 17th-century 'King's Carpenter' John Abel. Walk  on to Leominster Priory Church, a beautiful spot which is home to the last ducking stool used in England, before heading out to the photogenic villages of Weobley, Eardisley and Pembridge. 

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Stockton Bury

Historic Houses & Open Gardens

Leominster makes a great base for visiting historic houses with the National Trust's Berrington Hall and Croft Castle as well as Hampton Court Castle all nearby. Wander the pretty gardens  at each property and take a trip to Stockton Bury Gardens - an absolute delight. For a longer leg-stretch, walk around Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum.  Delightful in spring with the arrival of the cherry and magnolia blossom, the woodland is also an autumnal favourite.

Leominster: Plan your trip

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Sitting in the window of The Press Room in Leominster

Places to eat & drink

Find the best places to eat in and around Leominster, from the award-winning Riverside at Aymestrey to Draper's Lane Deli.

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Things to see & do

Read our pick of the best things to see and do in and around Leominster, including artisan cider-makers, stately homes, country gardens and adventure activities.

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The Manor House

Places to stay

Find a perfect place to stay near Leominster, from restaurants with rooms to woodland glamping.

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Leominster: Top attractions

 

 

In and around Leominster...historic homes, gorgeous gardens, black & white villages, craft cider producers

Out and About

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Seasonal delights in Queenswood

Take a stroll around the inviting Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum. Pretty in spring with cherry and magnolia blossom, it's also an autumnal favourite, ablaze with rich colours. Families love the Gruffalo Trail whilst the audio trail offers a glimpse into the social and natural history of the woodland. There's also an excellent adventure playground, family-run cafe and gift shop on site

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Wigmore castle

Explore Mortimer Country

Take a trip around Herefordshire's tumultuous and beautiful borderland, visiting castles and pretty villages that witnessed action spanning centuries from the Middle Ages.

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