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About Ledbury

The Herefordshire town of Ledbury is one of England’s historical gems. Filled with a rich heritage and charming  old buildings and surrounded by the beauty of the Malvern Hills and the Wye Valley, Ledbury is also home to quaint little shops and boutiques on cobbled stone lanes, excellent restaurants and accommodation, as well as markets, festivals and events…

Ledbury High Street - Ledbury in Herefordshire, UK

The town is recognized for its classic black and white timber framed buildings,  most famous of course, the Market House, built in 1617, which is still the venue for markets held in town on Tuesday and Saturdays.

All this history can be enjoyed by a fascinating walk through the town, where you may even “meet” the local ghosts. The walk also lets you experience life as it used to be, with so many small boutiques and independent shops, just perfect for browsing and lots of excellent restaurants, known for their fresh organic ingredients, where you can reward yourself after all this gadding about.

The ambiance of the town has attracted the movie set, and Ledbury has been the location of many period films and television appearances. It has also attracted retirees making Ledbury one of the most affluent rural areas in the county.

Ledbury is an historical town in England

Ledbury has long had a love affair with poetry

It was home to poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who spent her childhood at Hope End. It is also the birthplace of poet laureate John Masefield, after whom the local secondary school is named. William Wordsworth’s sonnet St. Catherine of Ledbury, dated 1835, begins “When … Ledbury bells broke forth in concert”.

2016 marks the 20th Ledbury Poetry Festival, an annual poetry festival in July, which is the largest of it’s kind in Europe. During the 10 days over 7,000 visitors are attracted to the town as well as working with over 2000 participants from local schools and the community.

H.art is Herefordshire’s Open Studios event, giving you exclusive access to artists’ studios, workshops and exhibitions. Meet the makers in relaxed, informal surroundings, learn about their techniques and inspiration and perhaps buy an original artwork for yourself – or as a gift. Many venues also offer demonstrations, refreshments and even the chance to develop your own talents. Just look for the h.arts logo on the premises.

The Barret Browning Library - one of Ledbury's loveliest historical buildings

Ledbury, in South East Herefordshire, shares a border with Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, close to the Malvern Hills, Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean – an area of outstanding natural beauty. If you are going to stay in Ledbury, then you will want to explore this scenic countryside and villages like Bosbury, Much Marcle with its Cider Works, and into Big Apple Country around Putley and Aylton.

Lovely walks can be taken and the area is ideal for cycling.

Transport to and around Ledbury is easy with train stations in Ledbury and Colwall, the M50 motorway just a short distance from the town, as well as a number of trunk roads that give easy access to Cheltenham, Gloucester, Malvern, Hereford, Worcester and Ross on Wye.

The Ledbury Hunt gives its name to HMS Ledbury – a specialist vessel used for Mine Hunting. Long associations exist between the town and the ship.

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