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. We celebrate being #LedburyPoetryTown.

You can find out about these local poets in our global series Dead Poets Society on our #ledburypoetryplayer

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 30. Dead Poets Society 6: Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Don Paterson, Dinah Roe, Fiona Sampson & Claire Armitstead – Ledbury Poetry

John Masefield 45. Dead Poets Society 10: John Masefield Philip W Errington – Ledbury Poetry

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)

Here are some articles about Ledbury and the area around us:

The creative Herefordshire market town that lured poets is surrounded by walks (inews.co.uk)

Riding the Daffodil Line around England’s ‘golden triangle’ | Public transport trips | The Guardian

Days of wine and rosehips: my car-free break in Herefordshire | England holidays | The Guardian

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.

There are local buses including the Community Bus called The Daffodil Line Bus Service – Ross-on-Wye, Newent, Ledbury and surroundings (daffodilline.co.uk)

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