Ledbury is a small but lively market town in Herefordshire. It is filled with independent shops and historical buildings everywhere. Here are my favourite things to do and favourite shops to visit! Almost every shop in Ledbury is terrific; however, I’ve only included ones I shop in the most (ie. I’ve heard good things about the butchers in Ledbury, but I’ve never used them or been in, as I’m vegetarian, so I haven’t included them because I personally can’t comment to be as authentic and transparent as possible!).
Food in Ledbury:
Choccotastic is a cute little chocolate shop, and cafe tucked away near the centre of Ledbury. If you love chocolate, then you’ll love this place! There are all types of chocolate to suit almost everyone’s taste – I think my favourite has to be the matcha chocolate bar. It’s the perfect place to buy gifts for any occasion, and what’s even better is that there is a Choccotastic Etsy shop, in case you can’t make it physically.
The cafe is the perfect place to have lunch when visiting Ledbury for the day! There is a wide range of food involving chocolate, as well as food without any. I recommend the waffle sticks, especially the banoffee one and the strawberry hot chocolate – but I can assure you, anything you decide to order will taste amazing!
Pot & Page:
Pot & Page is one of the best places in Ledbury to get plant-based food. It’s a cosy little eatery right next to the centre of Ledbury. There often hold exciting events, such as tea tasting and book clubs. What I love about Pot & Page is that you can eat in or order take out – which will be so handy in the summer months when wanting to bask in the sun.
They also have many gluten-free options, so I recommend eating here if you are gluten-free.
Pot & Page is such a lovely place to relax with a book and some good food. They use local produce wherever possible, so that is always a benefit! My favourite thing about Pot & Page, apart from the food, has to be the decor – it is just so pretty and unlike many other places, which makes it unique.
The Ledberry is a boutique shop with a secret garden serving light refreshments. It’s perfect for a drink or a light snack as they all taste delicious! The sharing boards are ideal for grazing on whilst catching up with friends, and they have a wide range of wine, beer and cocktails to choose from. If all of this doesn’t sound good enough, they’re even dog-friendly, so you won’t have to leave your dog home alone.
The Ledberry often hold events such as quiz nights, music, wreath-making workshops at Christmas and much more! I highly recommend visiting here if you want to relax in the garden and enjoy some light lunches or just for drinks. My favourite item on the menu must be the pea and mint soup – it tastes heavenly!
Things To Do in Ledbury:
The Ledbury Heritage Centre:
The Ledbury Heritage Centre is the perfect place to visit if you want to learn about the history of Ledbury. It is free to visit and open in the spring months until October. You can find it located up the historic cobbled Church Lane, so it is very accessible to get to and easy to find.
It is run entirely by volunteers who are very lovely, helpful and informative. If you have a question – they will try their best to answer it! There is even a small shop with a selection of Ledbury themed items, such as mugs, postcards and tea towels – they make for fantastic souvenirs and gifts! I highly recommend you purchase something from the gift shop or make a small donation as they do not charge for admission, and it costs a lot to run.
Newbridge Farm Park:
Newbridge Farm Park is the perfect place to visit if you are visiting Ledbury as a family. It is located about 7 minutes on the outskirts of Ledbury, so you will need a car to get to Newbridge.
At Newbridge Farm Park, you will be able to take a tractor ride around the farm to see some cute animals, and they have plenty of play areas for young children. Entry fees for 2022 haven’t been announced yet, but in 2021, it was around £5 per person.
Eastnor Castle is a 19th-century mock castle located about 8 minutes outside Ledbury. You can walk there, but I recommend taking a car. It is surrounded by the brilliant Malvern Hills and vast amounts of nature.
Often there are events on in the castle’s grounds, such as the Chilly Festival, Easter Events, etc. However, aside from the events, there is also the opportunity to explore the castle, visit the grounds and arboretum, get lost in the maze and snack at the tea room. There are plenty of things to do!
The Poetry Festival:
The Ledbury Poetry Festival is one of the most famous events in Ledbury. It runs for ten days every summer and hosts a variety of events all centred around poetry.
Events include things such as writing workshops, performances by poets, competitions, interviews, talks and so on! It’s a must-visit for any poetry lover!
Glazy Dayz is a paint your own poetry studio with an excellent range of things to choose from, lovely staff and a great atmosphere. It is located next to Ledbury train station, with a bus stop nearby and free parking, so it is very easy to access.
Here’s what happens: you can show up, pick what you want to paint (prices start at £5 ), paint it, wait about a week, then collect!
It’s such a relaxing activity to spend a few hours doing, and it is very satisfying to see the final product! I recommend it for anyone, even if you’re not artistic!
The Westons Cider Tour is perfect for all cider drinkers out there! Westons is the most famous cider to come out of Herefordshire, so if you want to learn more about it, then this tour is for you!
On the tour, you will be led by an expert guide, and you will be able to see where they harvest and process the apples. Tours are reasonably priced at £12.50 per adult and £5 for children. There are various tour packages available, such as tour and testing with a 2-course meal, if you want something extra.