We are delighted to offer you our top 10 personal recommendations of places to visit in Herefordshire.
1. The Golden Valley
Through all seasons the Golden Valley shimmers in the summer sun, glistens with autumn colours and looks like a winter worderland when blanketed with snow. The Golden Valley in Wick is near the historic’book town’ of Hay-on-Wye, where the annual Hay Festival takes place.
2. Historical Sights
The Golden Valley in Wick is also home to the River Dore and historical sights such as Dore Abbey, a former medieval monastery. Arthur’s Stone is just outside the historica village of Dorstone and is Herefordshire’s oldest man-made struture dating back to about 3700BC-2700BC, give a year or two!
3. The River Wye & Hereford Cathedral
Enjoy a gentle row down the River Wye in summer concluding your trip just outside the city of Hereford where you’ll see the red stone of its 11th centry cathedral towering before you. Inside is the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating back to the 13th century.
4. The Wye Valley
The natural beauty of the Wye Valley is unrivalled as it runs through the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Monmounthshire and is one of the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with each season bringing its own delights. From the spring and summer greenery to the magical feeling of autumn mists and snow capped hills. Symonds Yat Rock provides a fabulous viewpoint of the River Wye, and is reputed to be the best viewpoint in Britain. From the rock, the river can be seen to follow dramatic U-bends around Huntsman and Coppet Hill. In the distance you can see across Herefordshire towards the mountains of Mid Wales. The river Wye is famous for its Salmon fishing and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its nutrient unpolluted water, which supports an abundance of animal and plant life. At any time of year you may see Kingfishers darting across the waters, and the swans as they glide gracefully along the river surface.
5. Hills & Walks
Whether you want to amble or ramble there are walks for you around Herefordshire. THere are many magical views from hills and trails such as Hay Bluff or Offas Dyke, which was voted as one of the best national walking trails by Lonely Planet. Bordering Wales, pop over to climb Pen y Fan in the hauntingly beautiful Brecon Beacon Hills.
6. The Hay Festival
If you’re in Herefordshire for the annual Hay Festival in May/June each year, you’ll pass through Hay-on-Wye, an historic town that attracts thousands of book lovers every year to catch up with their favourite authors being interviewed, political debates, historical discussions, children’s book clubs or cookery classes … something of interest for everyone of every age.
7. Food & Drink
Crisp. Juicy. Sweet. Rich. Moreish. They’re just a handful of superlatives you’ll hear people use to describe the fine food and drink created from quality Herefordshire local produce; from Ross-on-Wye in the Wye Valley to Leominster and Mortimer Country, from Kington and the Golden Valley to Bromyard, Ledbury and the Malvern Hills. And at the hub of it all, Hereford City. Whether it’s our world renowned beef, spring asparagus, summer cider and apple juice or winter root veg, you are never far from the local producers. You’ll find the origin of produce proudly displayed on menus at hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes across our county.
8. The Cider Route
Did you know that one ton of apples will make approximately 580 litres (130 gallons) of cider. The UK is the largest producer of cider (62%) of which Herefordshire contributes 50%. Visit the many notable Herefordshire cider producers from small independents to the multi-national companies as you explore the Herefordshire Cider Route. There are tastings, courses, viewings, tours, harvest festivals - something happening along the Cider Route all year round. You must take a trip through real cider country as part of your visit to Herefordshire.
9. Symonds Yat
The Wye Valley area is simply stunning. Symonds Yat straddles the River Wye over two counties - Herefordshire & Gloucestershire. The Yat Gorge was once mined for iron ore but today it is most populr for the Symonds Yat Rapids to enjoy your canoeing adventure on the River Wye.
10. Castles & Country Homes
If historic houses are of interest to you, then look no further than Historic Herefordshire. There are numerous medival country estates, castles and statemely homes :
- Hampton Court Castle, built 1427, has some of the most stunning gardens with a maze to enjoy situated between Hereford & Leominster
- Eastnor Castle is located in a stunning fairytale Georgian castle, dramatically situated in the foothills of the Malverns near Ledbury.
- Goodrich Castle stands majestically on a wooded hill commanding hte passage of the River Wye into the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat.
- Hereford Cathedral was built on a place of worship used since Saxon times and contains some of the fines examples of architecture from Norman times to the present day.
- Belmont Avvey was founded in 1959 as a monastery of the English Benedictine Congregation dedicated to St Michael and All Angels.
- Hellens Manor is a beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Ledbury, and is a living monument to much of England’s history.
11. Royal Forest of Dean
Here's an added 11th suggestion for you as a bonus! Although it is predominantly in Gloucestershire, it is literally right on your doorstep. The Forest of Dean is one of the most fascinating regions of Britain nestling between the Wye Valley, the Vale of Leadon and the Severn Vale.