North Herefordshire has National Trust Properties including Berrington Hall, Croft Castle, Brockhampton Estate and the Weir Garden.
Herefordshire car trails we recommend include the Black and White villages of Eardisland, Pembridge and Weobley. The Cider Trail – Weston’s Cider and Broome Farm. Also the Elgar Trail and the Church Trail.
Herefordshire has some of the finest examples of church architecture, such as Abbey Dore, Shobdon (white interior), Hoarwithy (Italianate architecture), and Brockhampton which has a thatched roof and has been replicated within a sky scraper in Japan.
From The Ashe there is a walk or bike ‘Church’ trail connecting pretty Churches across the Wye by footbridges.
ACTIVITES IN HEREFORDSHIRE:
The Hedge Maze at Symonds Yat Butterfly Zoo
Tregoyd Mountain Rides
Shortwood Family Farm
NationalBirds of Prey Centre
Three Choirs Vineyard
Llanthony Riding Stables
Herefordshire’s number one attraction is the Mappa Mundi and Chain Library at Hereford Cathedral. John Paul Getty gave a million pounds to keep it in Herefordshire as it has National importance being the oldest map in the world and the best preserved chain library.
The Cathedral is also a must with its tours of the towers and gardens. The Choristers are described as one the best in the country singing at eleven services a week.
Look out also for the Three Choirs Festival.
Outside the Cathedral Hereford has a lot to do and see. Do visit the parks and the Left Bank near the river.
The Old House Museum, which is free to visit to visit and is a fine example of a timber framed house. Also make time for the Cider Museum and the shops and cafes of Church Street.
The second most visited place in Herefordshire is Hampton Court Gardens, which receive about 100,000 visitors a year. These are stunning gardens which are also fun as they include a maze, a tower, a tunnel, and a grotto. We often say we can send a 4 year old and a 94 year old and they will enjoy it equally.
There are other lovely gardens open to visitors in Herefordshire. Additionally in the leaflet room we keep the National Gardens Scheme schedule.
When visiting the pretty market town of Ledbury, you will pass Weston’s Cider (free tour, garden, shop, and restaurant) and Hellens Country House.
A short drive out of town towards the Malvern Hills you will find EastnorCastle. A 19th century, Pugin, folly Castle, lakeside setting with a maze. (30 mins. away)
Another great day trip is to Hay-on-Wye, the small border market town famous for selling the most second hand books in the world and its internationally acclaimed Book Festival.
When President Clinton spoke at the festival he described Hay Festival as “Woodstock of the mind”.
The route you take to Hay depends on which of us you ask for directions.
Maria will send you over the bleak Black Mountains past the romantic Llanthony Abbey. Her father will send you through the Golden Valley. Sean will direct you on the better roads via Hereford.
We will tailor suggested day trips to your interests.
We love to hear feedback on your best finds on days out so that we can share the information with future guests.