In Victorian times the town was an important staging post for travellers with east-west and north-south routes converging there.

The fine Minster church that gives the town its name towers above the charming shops, bustling market square and narrow streets crammed with mellow hamstone architecture. A diverse and friendly town, known for its variety of different shops in East Street, Silver Street, Ditton Street, Swan Precinct, North Street, West Street and Station Road, you will be hard pressed not to find what you are looking for.

Ilminster's 18th century Meeting House is a thriving arts centre with gallery, local information centre and café and The Warehouse Theatre in Brewery Lane stages occasional productions.

Most recently, Ilminster is proud to be home to the new store Temperley London at Phoenix Studios. Alice Temperley MBE founded her eponymous label Temperley London in 2000, a year after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Alice continues to head up the creative direction of this British independent brand, now in its 20th year of business.

For the active, do climb Herne Hill for extensive views over this charming market town and enjoy excellent walking and cycling routes including the Stop Line Way to Chard.  

Donyatt Halt, a restored station on the former Taunton to Chard branch railway, is a local landmark.

Ilminster Walks

There are lots of lovely walks around Ilminster, just waiting to be explored, whatever the weather or your fitness levels. 

Ilminster walk 1 - explore the Beacon and Winterhay Green

Ilminster walk 2  - explore Dillington Park 

Ilminster walk 3  - explore Dowlish Wake and Kingstone

Ilminster walk 4  - explore Herne and Lister

Ilminster walk 5 - explore Long Ponds and Knott Oak 

Ilminster walk 6  - explore Mitchells and Herne

ilminster walk 7  - explore Old Medieval Rd  Donyatt

Ilminster walk 8 - explore Shudrick and Pretwood

For those interested in nature - there is the Herne Hill Nature Trail 

Additional local information:  

Ilminster Local Information Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0AN


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Ilminster Local Information Centre, Ilminster, United Kingdom, TA19 0AN

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