Leominster area guide

Leominster is a true historic market town steeped in history with its name coming from the Earl of Mercia ‘Leofric’, who was Lady Godiva’s husband. The towns’ original wealth came from the woollen industry but today it thrives on tourists and day visitors. It is a borders market town being close to the Marches on the England/Wales border. The town has some interesting architecture dating through the centuries with the Priory being of particular note as one of the oldest in the country and as you walk through the town take time to look up at the buildings with classic examples of Black & White Cottages, Georgian Mansions, Victorian Houses, Edwardian Terraces plus modern homes.

Leomisnter and the surrounding area
Leominster and the surrounding area.

The town has an excellent range of facilities that includes bus and train stations, primary and secondary schools, doctors and dental surgeries, Post Office, banks, building societies, library, leisure centre as well as public houses, cafes and restaurants. It has also become well known as an antique centre with some very interesting shops selling not only antique furniture and jewellery but clothes, books and nik naks.

Leominster Priory Church of St Peter & St Paul
Leominster Priory Church of St Peter & St Paul.

The population of around 11,000 are indeed lucky to live in an area of renowned scenic beauty with Offa’s Dyke, The Wye Valley and the Black Mountains all being close by. There are historical properties to visit that include Hampton Court, Berrington Hall, The Grange plus an array of Black & White Villages such as Pembridge and Weobley. The town also has weekly open-air markets in Corn Square and Farmers Markets throughout the year.

The only way to really enjoy the town and the surrounding area is to come and have a good look around.