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Holidays in Leominster

The Town in the Marches as it’s known is great base for exploring Herefordshire

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Beautiful historic architecture

Situated 12 miles north of Hereford with breath-taking views, architectural delights and stately homes, Leominster (pronounced Lerminster) provides the perfect base for a holiday in the heart of England.

Situated close to the border between Wales and England (on the Herefordshire side), Leominster is famed for its variety of antique and vintage shops, offering fantastic market stalls for those afternoons dedicated to picking up a bargain. Gaze at stunning timber-framed buildings, see historic artefacts, visit National Trust houses or dine at the finest of restaurants - Leominster is definitely worth exploring. It has a population of around 11,000 and a history that can be traced back to the 7th century.

Leominster is known as ‘The Town in the Marches’, located at the confluence of the River Lugg and the River Kenwater. The Marches is a region that straddles the border of Wales and England and covers parts of Herefordshire, Powys and Shropshire.

The region has no defined borders itself, but it is characterised by the rich countryside found 15 miles at the widest point each side of the border. There is a long-distance trail called The Marches Way that passes through the area, between Chester to the north and at Cardiff at the southern end.

Shops in Leominster

There are a number of visitor attractions in and around Leominster, whether you’re interested in history, food production, walking, outdoor sports, or enjoying stately homes and gardens. These include the Leominster Folk Museum, or Eardisland and Weobly – villages that have been cited as the prettiest in the Midlands.

Weobley has some of the finest examples of black and white beamed building in the area. Eardisland is home to Burton Court a 14th century building which has enjoyed a potted history, having been associated with Henry, Prince of Wales and Owain Glyndwr.

A short driving distance away from Leominster is the National Trust property Berrington Hall.

The 1000 acres of the 15th century Hampton Court Castle Estate is well worth your time. The formal gardens, with an orangery, a walled kitchen garden, and the Magnolia Walk, puts Hampton Court Castle’s gardens among the nations’ favourites.

"Leominster is close to many lovely stately homes, castles and gardens…"

May and June see the gardens at their most beautiful, although there is colour all year round. Other features include a maze of yew-trees, canals, a café inside a former orangery, waterfalls and a conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton.

Foodies should invest some of their time embarking on a tour of the Monkland Cheese Dairy. The half-hour tours include a cheese-tasting at the end and a view of the process of making certain cheeses. Cheese experience days also occur once a month, so if your holiday coincides, you could get the chance to produce your own samples.

Leominster is within driving distance of Hereford, famous for its Cathedral, which contains the oldest textile map in existence (13th century) called Mappa Mundi. Hereford is also full of entertainment venues, pubs, restaurants and museums. The city also has some pleasant walks along the River Wye, so add a visit to your holiday itinerary.

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While you’re there

Weobley

Weobley has a large selection of black and white wood beamed buildings, making it a local attraction.

Hampton Court Castle and Estate

A 1000 acres of varied grounds and gardens surround a wonderful castle, also open to the public.

Monkland Cheese Dairy

Learn how to make cheese at the Monkland Cheese Dairy or, simply, take a guided tour.

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