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Holidays in Ledbury

At the foot of the Malverns, Ledbury has many medieval buildings to explore and admire

Views across the Malvern Hills

Ledbury is a beautiful, medieval town in Herefordshire. Tudor-style architecture lines its streets and offer a great array of things to see, do and explore. The town is delightfully rural with plenty of quirky and independent boutiques, pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities, and is located close to the border with Wales, the Malverns, and within reasonable driving distance of both Gloucester (to the south) and Worcester (to the north).

Ledbury has a number of places of historical interest to visit, with a good number of black and white timber-framed buildings to view. One of the best examples of this style of building is the 16-pillar Market House; this Grade-I listed example is probably the best of its kind condition-wise in the country, and was originally used as a grain store. Visitors can see it if they visit on a Tuesday or Saturday when the local market occurs.

The medieval Church Lane with its cobbles and old buildings is characteristic of Ledbury in the main. It has been used in film and TV for period dramas, because it is so unspoilt.

Visitors to the Painted Room are intrigued by the mysterious building decorated with frescoes from the 16th century. Seasonal tours are available.

Further along Church Lane is the Butcher Row House Museum. It is situated in a 16th century house that was in a completely different location, having been moved from the High Street. The museum has displays and items from the last few hundred years depicting life in the Ledbury area.

The Heritage Centre is located inside the town’s old boys’ grammar school and is home to local artefacts of interest, touring exhibitions and borrowed local collections.

Ledbury clock tower

Perhaps Ledbury’s most famous locations is the St Katherine’s and the Master’s House which is a very rare surviving example of a hospital complex with hall, chapel, masters house, alms houses and a barn. The hall is used for markets, whilst the master’s house now houses the town library.

Another building which draws attention is St Michael’s and All Angels Church, which is described as Herefordshire’s finest church and is the first non-monastic example. Dating back to 1140, the church has an imposing spire that can be seen from Church Lane. It has a separate tower which distinguishes the design from a lot of common churches.

"Ledbury is at the very edge of the Malvern Hills, perfect for walks and fishing."

Days out around Ledbury should include a trip to Eastnor Castle, found at the edge of the Malverns; it is a beautiful country estate that’s home to deer, a beautiful arboretum, and a lake to walk around. You can take a Land Rover experience on the estate, and the castle grounds can be fun for children too because it includes a maze, an adventure playground, a junior assault course and Land Rover mini off-roaders to get to grips with. There’s also a seasonal programme of events to entertain all the family.

A few miles south is Newent Lake Park, which is a great place to go fishing or follow one of the many landscaped trails. If you love the peace and quiet of a secluded park, Newent Arboretum is close by too.

Ledbury is well-connected to the national road network, with the M50 running through the area a few miles to the south. Ledbury also has a railway station with connections to Worcester and beyond. With the close proximity to the Malverns there are plenty of hill walks to embark on. The Wye Valley is also within reasonable driving distance, so consider an extended day trip out to the wonders of Symonds Yat.

We have some lovely holiday cottages in and around Ledbury. Why not visit our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Eastnor Castle Estate

A family day out that has much to offer including Land Rover Experience Days, junior assault course, walking trails and much more.

The Malverns

Inspiring artists and composers for generations, see some of the nation’s finest hill ranges.

Church Lane

Church Lane has some of the best examples of black and white timber architecture in the Heart of England.

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