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 gave the town its name towers above the small shops, market square and narrow streets crammed with mellow Ham Stone 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.
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: www.ilminsterweb.com
Ilminster Local Information Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0AN
T: 01460 57294 (not always staffed)