Ledbury Poetry Town

Ledbury is a lively market town, close to the Malvern Hills AONB.  It is well-known for its black and white architecture, its wealth of independent shops and its pubs, restaurants and cafes serving delicious local produce.

There are long and deep associations with local poets and poetry in Ledbury including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Masefield, The Dymock Poets: Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibbon and Edward Thomas.

The town sits at the foot of the Malvern Hills, the location of William Langland’s Piers Plowman. An ancient borough, dating back to the Domesday Book, Ledbury was recorded as Liedeberge, and returned members to Parliament in the reign of Edward I. Ledbury probably takes its name from the River Leadon, on which it stands. The Old English berg (hill) has been added to the river name.

If you are looking for accommodation please visit Ledbury Town Council offices who are also our Tourist Information Centre, Church Street, Ledbury HR8 1DH Tel: 01531 632306

And you can search for accommodation online here The Best Places to Stay in Herefordshire | Holiday Accommodation (visitherefordshire.co.uk)

Plan Your Visit information

Car Parking & Blue Badge Parking

Parking is available in the town centre off Bye Street and Bridge Street.

Disabled parking  is available on The Homend outside ‘One Stop’ and in the car parks.

Electric car charging points (7kW) are available at Tesco and St Katherine’s car park, off Bye Street.  Currently Ledbury has no rapid chargers.

Please share car journeys when you can. For carbon-sense, for parking access and for festivalling companionship!

Public Transport

There are roughly hourly trains to and from Hereford and Birmingham, plus some through trains to and from London Paddington.

Please check National Rail Enquiries for up-to-date timetable information.

The station is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the town centre.  If you need a taxi you will normally have to book this well in advance – search for taxis.

If coming by train, be sure to visit Poetry on Platforms which celebrates the poetic heritage of the railway line from Worcester to Ledbury.

Ledbury Town Centre