LEDBURY has been ranked as one of the prettiest towns in Britain by The Telegraph.

The market town was 11th in the list, with the national newspaper saying it was 'laid-back' with lovely old timber stones and hidden alleys 'bulging at the seams' with eclectic boutiques and friendly artisan stores.

It is the second time in a matter of weeks that Ledbury has been praised. It also featured in Muddy Stilettos' 2024 list of the 260 best places to live in the country, with the town also being similarly honoured by the Sunday Times back in 2019 and 2020.


Ludlow, just over the border in Shropshire, also scored well, coming in seventh place in the Telegraph's list.

The top spot went to Lewes in East Sussex, followed by Queensferry, near Edinburgh, St David's in Pembrokeshire, St Andrews in Fife, Ilkley in West Yorkshire and Chagford in Devon.

The newspaper also ranked the towns deemed as being ugly. Slough in Berkshire topped that list, followed by Telford in Shropshire and Cumbernauld in Dunbartonshire. 

Experts were asked rank each town on the pleasantness of their shop fronts, historic architecture, low traffic/litter, stunning viewpoints and plentiful greenery, culminating in a score out of 50.