Ilminster is a historic market town dating to the Ilminster takes its name from the River Isle and its large 15th Century church of St Mary, which is known as The Minster. The town dates back to Saxon times being mentioned in documents dating from 725 and in a Charter granted to the nearby Muchelney Abbey by King Ethelred in 995. In the early 19th Century, The Ilminster Turnpike Trust promoted The New Direct Road connecting London and Exeter – this would later become the A303. In the 1842 the Chard Canal, which passed through Ilminster was opened, but it was soon replaced by a railway in 1868.

Today, Ilminster is the home to several manufacturing businesses, including Gooch & Housego, Daedo Metal, and Powrmatic. The town also retains a vibrant and traditional town centre with independent shops.

Ilminster is located in South Somerset a few miles east of the Blackdown Hills and approximately midway between the large towns of Taunton and Yeovil. The South Coast towns of Lyme Regis, Seaton, and Sidmouth are within easy driving distance.