Leominster

Antiques mecca. Cider country. Black and White villages.

  • Treasure trove of over 120 antiques dealers
  • Packed with history (home to last ducking stool used in England!)
  • Gateway to the Black & White Villages Trail
  • Perfect base to explore historic houses & open gardens
  • Fantastic craft cider producers nearby
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Grange Court


The wealth of antique shops in Leominster (pronounced ‘Lemster’) leads to regular star appearances on TV but fortunately it hasn’t gone to the head of this unpretentious market town. It is fabulously down to earth about its vibrant independent shops and its beautiful blend of medieval, Tudor and Georgian architecture. Set in Mortimer Country, there's many castles and historic houses nearby which hold fascinating stories of the area's dramatic past. For walkers, there are fantastic woods and long-distance trails on the doorstep.

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Grange Court

Antiques Hunting

Situated under the medieval overhangs, in Georgian townhouses and under ancient wooden beams, there are over 120 antique dealers. They sell everything from fine furniture to vintage interiors, barometers to medals. It’s extremely hard to resist a rummage! And there's a stack of fab independent shops to browse along the way. Allow time to visit the skilfully carved Grange Court. It’s the last surviving market house built by the 'King’s Carpenter’ John Abel.

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Leominster Priory church

Ducking the Scold

The last ducking stool used in England, back in 1809, is on view at Leominster Priory Church. The unfortunate incumbent was Jenny Pipes, a so-called common scold. But the story ends well. Two dunkings in the river were not enough to quieten this spirited woman and she rose from the water still shouting. In tribute, the local women's Morris Dancing side is named after her.

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Queenswood Country Park

Walks & Woods

In town, you can follow the signs to take the circular 4.5km Riverside Walk which starts at Corn Square. A short drive away are the inviting tree-lined paths of Queenswood Country Park and Mortimer Forest as well as the 48k Mortimer Trail.

 

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Weobley

Black and White Villages Trail

Starting in Leominster, follow the 40-mile 'Black and White Villages Trail’ which links ten picture-perfect villages. Passing hopyards, orchards and beautiful farming country - it’s a small slice of heaven.

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Wigmore Castle

Get to know Mortimer Country

Take a trip around Herefordshire's tumultuous and beautiful borderland, visiting castles and pretty villages which were at the heart of the action.