Crafty, Cute and Independent: Shopping in Ledbury

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What has over 140 shops, historic streets and curious corners galore? With independent charm by the score, Ledbury’s town centre is the perfect antidote to the generic high street. Picture Tudor buildings, authentic local crafts, antiques and boutique stores and you’re half way there. But it isn’t just the variety of treats on sale that visitors love about Ledbury, but the relaxed atmosphere and sense of history.

The cosy Feathers Hotel is perfectly placed just a few footsteps from a veritable hive of shops, cafes and more. With plenty to see, but compact enough to explore at your own pace in the course of a lazy afternoon, it’s no wonder that central Ledbury is one of the best loved places to shop in Herefordshire. Here are some of our favourite shopping locations:

A magical market setting: Built in the early 17th Century, Market House is a must see among places to visit in Ledbury. However, this grade 1 listed building is more than just a pretty piece of English heritage. Still going strong after nearly 400 years of trade, it hosts a colourful local market every Tuesday and Saturday. Do keep a special eye out for local crafts and delicious locally-sourced food. For the curious, Ledbury Council have some facts and history of their own on the property HERE.

Designer flair and delicious food: Showcasing the best in gourmet food, chic clothing and original gifts, Ceci Paolo (21, High St) offers a shopping experience par excellence. From beautiful ceramics to delightful summer wear, prepare to covet! There’s always a fresh surprise in their range too, which is always being updated. More on the site: www.cecipaolo.com

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From antique to unique: Combining the best in antique and restored treasures with contemporary designs, John Nash Interiors and Antiques (18 High St) produce beautiful work that any home owner would be proud to diplay! Whether you are looking for that special antique for a room, or would like a bespoke item specially made for you, this is the ideal place. For current news and more details, see www.johnnash.co.uk

B is for books: With a thriving little scene for literature and the annual Ledbury Poetry Festival , it should come as no surprise that the town has a pair of quality book stores, both located on Ledbury High Street. Ledbury Books & Mapshas guidebooks to local walks and history, besides a good general range of great reads. Meanwhile, Three Counties Bookshop has a wide range of titles, plus an excellent children’s section. Pick up a holiday read or simply browse to your heart’s content.

Nordic Chic: Translated as “House and Home” in English, Hus & Hem (12 High st),is a style detour for all fans of Scandinavian design. The range here is smart and elegantly minimalist, combining beauty with pure practicality. Great for picking up that special gift for a friend, or simply something to brighten your own home. You can browse their current rage HERE

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