Need Ilminster removals? Being located here in Bridport, Dorset positions us close to the borders of several counties – Devon, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset, where Ilminster remains a popular choice for our removals clients who have fallen for the charms of this pretty South Somerset market town. If you are unfamiliar with the area and wondering what Ilminster has to offer, here are six reasons to come and check it out!

1. The History

Ilminster was first documented as a settlement in 725 AD and is listed in the Domesday book (1086) as Ileminstre – the church on the river Ile. The town is steeped in history, with honey-coloured stone buildings typical of this area.

2. The Market

The weekly market here every Thursday has been running for at least nine hundred years and was also documented in the Domesday book.

3. Interesting Shops

The town is dotted with lots of independent shops and cafes, which you can find listed here in the Ilminster business directory. Our favourite of these is ‘Buy the Sea‘ a coastal-themed shop selling all kinds of gifts and hand-made arty things, despite the fact that the town is almost 20 miles from the coast!

4. Great transport links

Ilminster has great transport links. The nearest train station is situated 7 miles away in Crewkerne and the M5 motorway close to the county town of Taunton, is around 12 miles away, a 20 minute drive down the A358.  The main A303 route to London also passes very close to the town making it popular for commuters who can get to London in around 3 hours from here.

5. Great days out

There are lots of interesting things to see and do in the local area, like the jurassic coast at Lyme Regis or visits to local National Trust properties including Barrington Court (used as a location for popular BBC drama, Wolf Hall).

6. Cider!

Perry’s cider farm in Dowlish Wake, near Ilminster is open to the public pretty much every day, with a working cider mill, tap room and a farm shop selling local delicacies, drinks, gifts, art and of course, cider! They also have a small museum on site – housed in the original 16th century thatched cider barn where the company created their first batch of golden appley nectar.

House Prices in Ilminster

The majority of houses sold in Ilminster over the last year were semi-detached properties, which sold for an average price of £274,595. Terraced properties averaged around £222,425 and detached properties went for around £476,899.

Overall, sold prices in Ilminster over the last year were 1% down on the previous year and 22% up on the 2019 peak of £239,481.

If you’re thinking of renting in Ilminster, a 2 bedroom cottage will set you back around £750 per month and 1 bedroom flats start at around £550.

(Prices as of November 2022).

Ready to move? Get in touch with us today for a detailed quote. We can help you downsize (or right-size), Pack it, store it, move it… whatever you need. We also have some really useful free moving resources on our website to help you plan ahead and make sure that your move to Ilminster (or anywhere else) goes as smoothly as possible.

Picture Credit: East Street, Ilminster by Richard Webb, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons