Welcome to Ledbury
Ledbury is a vibrant market town in rural Herefordshire. It has a wealth of half-timbered buildings and independent shops.
For a town of around 10,000 residents, Ledbury has a surprising number of important and interesting buildings from all ages, especially the medieval, Tudor and Georgian periods. We have 244 listed buildings, including three which are Grade I (St Michael and All Angels Church, the Market House and Ledbury Park) and 22 which are Grade II*.
If you would like to explore Ledbury in “real life”, our Heritage Trail Map will guide you on a walking tour around Ledbury and some of our most lovely buildings. The tour is about half a mile long.
If you’re thinking of visiting Ledbury, you might like to read A Weekend in Ledbury, Herefordshire from The Saturday Times, 7 September 2013.
Famous Ledbury names
Ledbury is famous for its buildings, but it can boast some famous names too.
Ledbury was the birthplace of the poet John Masefield. It was the home of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and is associated with the Dymock Poets (who were Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibson and Edward Thomas).
From the world of sport, we have cricketers Mary Duggan and James Crosbie-Smith, footballers Miller Craddock, who played for Aston Villa and Steve Emery, and darts player Terry “The Bull” Jenkins.
Ledbury is well-known for its array of events. These include the Ledbury Carnival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and a number of events at Eastnor Castle, which is just outside Ledbury. The Market House is still used regularly for exhibitions and events and, of course, for our twice-weekly market.