Historic Leominster

Leominster is situated in the rolling countryside of North Herefordshire and lies in the beautiful and historic borderlands of England and Wales known as the “Marches”.

The town itself is an ancient one, having established itself around the great Anglo-Saxon abbey, founded in 660 AD.

The  first recorded name was “Llanllienni” a Welsh name meaning Church in a Place of Streams. Renamed by the Saxons, after Leofric Earl of Hereford and husband of Lady Godiva. It appears as “Leofminstrein” in the Domesday Book.

Leominster prospered in the medieval period.The town’s wealth arose primarily from the wool trade, owing to the quality of the wool of its local Ryeland Sheep. The fleeces came to be known as “Lemster Ore” meaning Leominster Gold.

Much of the town centre still retains its medieval and Tudor flavour - narrow streets and half timbered houses, whilst Church Street and Etnam Street boast gracious terraces of the Georgian period.

Shopping & Markets

Leominster is home to a plethora of independent shops, ranging from butchers and greengrocers to clothes and gift shops.

In 2016, the town was runner up in the Great British High Street Awards “Rising Star” category and achieved Gold for its social media campaign.

The town is well known for its antiques shops and markets, regularly featuring on TV shows such as BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip. Many of these shops are based within extraordinary buildings which have a charm of their own and are well worth a look.

A weekly general market takes place in Corn Square on a Friday and a Farmers Market on the second Saturday of the month. Specialist markets take place on occasion, including the annual Leominster Food Fayre in September and Victorian Street Market in December.

How to get here

Leominster is situated on a crossroads of the A44 and A49 and within an hours drive of the M5 and M50.

The bus station is situated on Dishley Street. Local buses connect from Ludlow and Hereford and the nearest National Express stop in Hereford. For information on buses please visit www.travelinemidlands.co.uk

Leominster is on the Transport for Wales  “Marches” railway line between Cardiff and Manchester and Is served by a regular hourly service. For connections to London, change at Hereford or Newport (S. Wales). Change at Hereford for connections to Birmingham. For further information, please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

Nearest international airports are located at Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol and Manchester.

Nearest sea ports are Fishguard and Holyhead.

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