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 just 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 173 listed buildings, including three which are Grade I* and 18 which are Grade II*.
If you would like to explore Ledbury online, you can download our Tour of Ledbury.
You can also browse an 1832 map of Ledbury's turnpike roads.
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.
Famous Ledbury names
Ledbury is famous for its buildings, but it can boast some famous names too.
Ledbury was the birthplace of the poets William Langland, Thomas Traherne and John Masefield and the surrealist artist Conroy Maddox. 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, footballer Steve Emery and darts player Terry 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.