Places to Visit
Visit the black and white villages of North Herefordshire, sample the cider route, or explore what else the county has to offer below. Your biggest challenge will be cramming it all in. Just don’t take too long trying to plan your day.
PLACES TO VISIT
Eastnor Castle, Eastnor
Eastnor Castle lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills Surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake, Eastnor Castle is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. There are many events held in the castle and grounds throughout the year, from Easter Egg Hunts, Vintage Steam Fairs and Concerts, to an impressive annual fireworks competition, festival on the lake and dinosaur shows! You can also enjoy a day on the well established Land Rover off-road driving Experience or ‘throw a pot’ at Eastnor Pottery.
Hellens Manor, Much Marcle
Regularly open to the general public for an entrance fee, which includes a guided tour, this historic house in Much Marcle is run by a family trust and a living monument to English history. It remains a living home, and not a museum, although it contains a wealth of period furnishings, artifacts, paintings and decorations. A number of events are held throughout the year, the ground are lovely to visit in Spring and Summer.
Westons Cider, Much Marcle
Deep in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, Westons Cider Mill is situated in the old village of Much Marcle. It was in 1878 that Mr Henry Weston came to farm at The Bounds, a farmhouse nestled amongst apple and perry pear orchards. The Mill now offers a range of activities, including a cider mill tour and tasting, visiting the shire horses or the resident bull, Ferdinand, lunch or afternoon tea in the on site restaurant and of course a shop full to the brim of every flavour of cider you can imagine!
The Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent
One of England’s oldest and largest vineyards nestled deep in the Gloucestershire countryside. Open all year with wine tasting and tours every day. Visit, relax and take a gentle wander through the vines or join enjoy food in the restaurant or just a glass of English wine on the sunny terrace.
The Malverm Hills
The Malvern Hills have been described as a mountain range in miniature; the eight mile ridge contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain and their craggy outline is reminiscent of the uplands further west into Wales. A walk in the Hills is strenuous enough that Mallory walked here in preparation for his ascent of Everest. Today you can enjoy over 3000 acres of open countryside climbing to the highest point at Worcestershire Beacon or relax whilst quietly rambling along the wooded slopes.
Symonds Yat & The River Wye
The River Wye is renowned for its stunning scenery and wildlife. As well as boasting some impressive geological formations, the river valley is home to an abundance of wildlife including some of the most rare and endangered species of fish. The river provides many scenic walks along its banks, as well as the chance to launch a canoe or kayak from a number of locations, taking you down to the impressive sheer rock faces of Symonds Yat.
Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean
Puzzlewood is an ancient woodland, filled with fantastic tree and rock formations. As such it is a popular TV & Film location playing host to Merlin, Doctor Who and Atlantis. Indeed, it is rumoured that JR Tolkien took inspiration from it for the forests of Middle Earth in Lord of The Rings.
The Courtyard, Hereford
The Courtyard attracts over 250,000 visitors every year, not just from within the county, but also from further afield. The Arts Centre houses a 436-seat main auditorium, a 145-seat Studio, visual arts galleries, meeting and function rooms, a rehearsal studio with sprung floor and café bar and restaurant. Throughout the year The Courtyard hosts hundreds of films and plays which are well attended so we recommend pre-booking in advance!
Standing on the peaceful banks of the beautiful River Wye, the cathedral contains some of the finest examples of architecture from Norman times up to the present day, including the beautifully restored Shrine of St. Thomas of Hereford in the North Transept.
Formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, Gloucester Cathedral stands in the north of the city near the banks of the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter. For the eagle eyed, you may have spotted that it was a film location for the recent Harry Potter films, Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Considered by some to be one of the loveliest cathedrals in England. With royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass. There is also a fascinating ancient library and archive, which houses the second largest collection of medieval manuscripts in any cathedral in the UK.
Stocking a fabulous range of beautiful fabrics and very tempting homeware and artwork, I challenge you to be able to walk out of the door empty handed. Tucked away in a historic building down a tiny alleyway off the high street, Tinsmiths regularly features in the national press and is well worth a visit.