Leominster known as “the town in the Marches”, is a pleasant black and white timbered market town in the county of Herefordshire, England. The historic town lies 13.5 miles north of Hereford, 18.5 miles east of the Welsh border and 11.5 miles south of Ludlow. It sits at the confluence of the river Kenwater and the river Lugg, and with a population of 11,000 people is the second largest town in the county.
With an abundance of cafes, pubs, shops and boutiques, Leominster is a thriving and bustling town. Many of the shops are attractive half timbered Black and White buildings, which overhang the narrow medieval lanes. There are also many attractions, including the Leominster Folk Museum, which displays a burial from the Bronze Age, as well as old postage marks and stamps of Leominster. The Mousetrap Cheese attraction is well worth a visit. Visitors can watch the famous Little Herefordshire Cheese being made in the traditional way, or sit back with a cup of tea or coffee in the café. You can pick up your own Mousetrap Cheese from one of the three shops in Leominster, Hereford or Ludlow, or try out the pickles, chutneys and biscuits on offer. Should you wish to wash it down with something a little stronger than tea then pop into the neighbouring shop - Marches Little Beer Shop in School Lane and you will find a wide selection of local and unusual beers.
The town's name derives from a minster, a clergy lying in the district of Lene or Leon. Although there was a priory here during the Saxon times, a later one was built in 1121 after Henry II bestowed the minster to Reading Abbey. In 1402, the forces of Owain Glyndwr, the rebel Welsh prince, raided the priory. The only remaining part of the 12th century monastery is the Priory Church of St Peter and St Paul, which now acts as the parish church.
The Burford House Gardens is a Georgian country house set in 4 acres of garden near the River Teme and is home to the National Clematis Collection, a Nursery and a Treasures Plant Centre.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
For avid walkers, the Black and White Trail travels to the west of the town along the A44 and takes in the black and white timbered villages of Weobley, Eardisland and Pembridge. Long distance walkers in Leominster are fortunate as both the Marches Way and the Herefordshire Trail cross tracks in Leominster.
Accommodation and Services
Leominster offers good transport services, with a bus service running to Hereford as well as several nearby towns and villages. The railway station has links to Cardiff via Hereford and to Manchester via Ludlow, and London can be reached by changing at Hereford.
Accommodation can be found in the town or the nearby countryside: with a wide selection of bed and breakfasts, and hotels in the town; and self catering holiday cottages for longer holidays.