A Tudor town on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills
Whether you are seeking a distinctively different weekend break- or an overnight stopover, Ledbury is the getaway to the Wye Valley and the Welsh Marches. Its characterful blend of black and white and red brick Georgian buildings, its great range of independent specialist shops and choice of places to eat and drink have led it to be described as hidden jewel.
As early as the 12th century Ledbury developed around its market place, minister church and bishops palace. The Bishops palace is long gone but the medieval layout of streets remains virtually unaltered. The streets are lined with mainly Tudor buildings. Virtually every building in the high street is listed and protected as part of the towns large conservation area.
The 17th century grade 1 listed market house, standing in the high street is definitive of ledbury, but tucked in behind it is another gem: church lane, a cobbled street containing some of the towns earliest tudor buildings, leading up to the church of St Michaels and all angels with its rare detached bell tower.
This is quint-essentially England as it used to be- and a photo opportunity not to be missed. Back in the high street is St Katherine’s complex hall, chapel and almshouses which has at its heart the newly refurbished medieval masters house. Many of these buildings are open to explore- most for free- and as you wander be sure to look up to get a view of the quirky architectural mix- then get a copy of the heritage trail to make sense of it all.
Ledbury is famous for the variety and quality of shops. Throughout the town there are fashion boutiques from high end to vintage, antique and contemporary home interiors, locally produced foods- including a chocoliater, wine and cider shops, bookshops, galleries, specialist gift shops- and too many others to define- very Ledbury!
Markets are held under the ancient market house and along the wide high street. Eating out offers a wide choice of eateries, gastro pubs and fine dining, featuring local seasonal foods. Allow enough time to relax and enjoy the bustle of friendly hostelries and cafes- and absorb the atmosphere of this vibrant rural community.
A whole range of cultural events can be found in and around the town as well as ad hoc ” happenings”.
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