Ledbury, a small town in the rural county of Herefordshire, is about a dozen miles from the county town of Hereford to the west and the Malvern Hills to the north. It's location will appeal to visitors seeking a holiday cottage in an attractive location from which to explore Worcestershire and Herefordshire attractions.
The sleepy, attractive town centre bears witness to its ancient history with its black and white timbered 16th Century buildings lining the cobbled lanes and streets, the Market Hall built in 1655, the Butcher Row House and the Heritage Centre.
Many visitors choose to stay in some of the lovely historic holiday properties within the town and surrounding villages. This sleepy market town is reputed to be one of the best ‘Black and White’ towns in the Country. The description refers to the16th and 17th century timber framed buildings of which Herefordshire has in abundance. The town centre becomes even more appealing in summer with its floral displays which ensure it is a regular winner of Britain in Bloom Awards.
The Early English-decorated St. Michael and All Angels church with its great 200' high 'All Angels' bell-tower in an unusual situation, being separated from the main church, has many monuments worth an extensive inspection. The Ledbury Poetry Festival is one of the largest poetry festivals in the UK, attracting many well-known names who give readings and run workshops in venues throughout the town. It is important enough to attract the arts critics from the national press in July as well as a host the finest English-speaking poets. It is an appropriate event for the town that was home to three famous poets John Masefield, the poet Laureate, Elizabeth Barret-Browning and William Langland.
A walk down Church Lane will take you back in time by 4-500 years with its timber-framed buildings and cobbled street. Don’t be surprised to find a film or TV crew in attendance as it is frequently used as a location for period films.
You can eat well and in style in Ledbury. Local produce from farms surrounding the town appears on the menus in the many tea rooms and beautiful, atmospheric 16th Century coaching inns such as The Trumpet, Talbot Inn and the magnificent looking Feathers Hotel. Admire them from outside and enjoy a meal inside washed down with a pint of Wadworth’s fine ales.
Family attractions include Glazydayz a large pottery-painting studio in the region, where you can paint, fire and take home pottery and the Newbridge Farm Park and Play Barn which will keep young ones happy for hours (be prepared to return by popular demand!).
The nearby Gothic Eastnor Castle –is also worth exploring, offering visitors a deer park, arboretum, a maze and a lake together with a regular programme of events and activities.
Enjoy walking, pony trekking and even hang gliding in the nearby Malvern Hills offering stunning views across the Worcestershire countryside. And while there, explore the Victorian town of Great Malvern. Don’t miss The Theatre of Small Convenience, officially the smallest theatre in the world for a puppet show in a converted Victorian Gentleman’s lavatory.