Whether you are visiting England from abroad or on a weekend getaway. Ledbury in Herefordshire has a little something for everyone.
Ledbury, is more than an old market town with a colourful history, photogenic streets, and Tudor buildings. It has heart.
It also home to Church Lane, one of the most photogenic streets in the UK, that you can visit in real life rather than on Instagram.
Recommended spots to see and visit in Ledbury:
Was built in 1581 and was originally located on the main street. Yet, they moved it to make the street wider in 1979.
It now houses a museum rather the Butchers shop. In the museum, you’ll find a Shoe bath, which I had never seen or heard of before. It was for inhabitants in Ledbury that didn’t have a bath at home. Men would carry this bath from house to house, so the inhabitants could bathe.
Address: Church Lane, Free Admission Open daily, including Sundays from 1st April to 31st October from 11am to 5pm. Outside of these dates, please make an appointment via Ledbury Civic Society.
Across from the Butchers house, you’ll find the Old Grammar school. Interesting for kids to have an insight into schools of the past.
I liked the wattle and daub, display. An insight of the inside of a Tudor style building wall.
Church Lane, Free Admission
The Painted Room
The wall paintings go back to the 1560’s, at the time they were a cheap alternative to tapestries.
The paintings were colourful and included religious inspirations (threats) of the day. The volunteers can tell you the whole story and explain the context.
The Masters House
While this isn’t in Ledbury, it is close enough to warrant a visit. Now, I am not the ‘let’s do a tour’, type of traveler. As the Manor is still in use today, the only way to visit the manor is with a tour.
Which is well worth it. There is so much history here that you would never get the full story on a simple plaque.
The guide lives on the property and has an in-depth knowledge of the history of the house, as well as being an incredible storyteller.
My two favorite stories were that of the ghosts. The first being Hetty, who ran away with the stable boy who she’d fallen in love with. When he died she returned to the house. Due to the family’s shame, they kept her room locked in her room for the next 30 years. Here she etched “It is a part of virtue to abstain from what we love if it should prove our bane”, into the window with her diamond ring.
The second death took place in ‘Bloody Mary’s’ room. Here a priest was running g to
escape from soldiers but instead, he ran straight into the second group and was brutally murdered. If you look carefully, you’ll find the marks of the attack on the wall and floor.
People who have stayed in the room have claimed to see his ghost, running back and forth in a panic.
The building itself is also fascinating, in how it carries the living history of its past and present owners over the different time periods. It was one of the best tours I’ve been on, and the highlight of my time in Ledbury.
Address: Much Marcle, Herdforshire
Admission costs: £9
Recommended places to Eat:
The Malthouse cafe and Gallery, Church Lane: Home cooked quality food.
Ice Bytes, 38 the Homend: Ice cream parlor
Recommended Places to Sleep:
The Feathers Hotel, 25 High Street
The Talbot Hotel, 14 New Street
The Bullshed, While it’s not in Ledbury, it is nearby. Its boutique style and comfort is worth experiencing if you are escaping the city for a few days and looking to treat yourself.