Top 57 attractions to explore in Herefordshire
Herefordshire is a county in the West Midlands of England, governed by Herefordshire Council. It is bordered by Shropshire to the north, Worcestershire to the east, Gloucestershire to the south-east, and the Welsh counties of Monmouthshire and Powys to the west.
A majestic parish church which was one of the great Cistercian monasteries of England. The abbey was founded in 1147 by monks from Morimond in France - the only daughter house ever founded by Morimond. The church was begun in 1175 and consecrated one century later.
Arthur's Stone is an atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber made of great stone slabs, set in the hills above Herefordshire's Golden Valley. It is over 5,000 years old. Today only the large stones of the inner chamber remain, though these were once covered by a long earthen mound.
Belmont Abbey is a monastery of the Benedictine Order operational for 1500+ years. It stands on a small hill overlooking the city of Hereford to the east, with views across to the Black Mountains, Wales to the west. The 19th century Abbey also serves as a parish church.
Bishop's Meadow is a 21.8 hectare Local Nature Reserve on the northern outskirts of Loughborough in Leicestershire. It is owned and managed by Charnwood Borough Council. Set in the idyllic open Breconshire countryside, with breathtaking views of the Beacons, Bishops Meadow offers the perfect setting for families and couples to relax, indulge, enjoy and discover the magic of Mid Wales.
The Black and White House Museum - also known as 'the Old House' - has been called 'a perfectly preserved Jacobean timber-framed house'. It is a place which vividly tells both it's own immensely varied story and nearly four centuries of Hereford's history. Built in 1621, the house has been used for many purposes over the years, starting life as a butcher's home and shop and finishing its commercial life in the hands of Lloyds Bank in the late 1920s.
The Black and White villages of North Herefordshire, set in the beautiful and historic borderlands of England and Wales. Enjoy the tranquil peace of delightful Norman stone churches and the sheer beauty of the villages and countryside. The buildings' black oak beams are exposed on the outside, with white painted walls between. The numbers of houses surviving in this style in the villages creates a very distinctive impression and differs from building styles outside this area.
A majestic hill which was locayted in Herefordshire, England at an elevation of 2100 feet. The southern part of the ridge leading to the summit is a rocky knife-edge giving excellent views to either side. The northern part crosses a peat bog on gently sloping land at the edge of the east facing escarpment. The lower part is very similar to the main ridge of the Skirrid mountain near Abergavenny, owing to their similar underlying geology.
One of the largest stretches of open water in Herefordshire, covering around 50 acres, located in the Lugg Valley, about 2 miles from Queenswood. It is an important overwintering and breeding area for birds and other aquatic wildlife and half of the site is managed as a wildlife refuge with restricted public access.
British Camp is an Iron Age hill fort located at the top of Herefordshire Beacon in the Malvern Hills. The hillfort is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is owned and maintained by Malvern Hills Conservators. One of the iconic attractions in this area and attracts a lot of tourists.
Butcher Row House Museum features many items of local interest including reproduction helmets and breastplates that would have been worn in the Battle of Ledbury in 1645 and a small collection of musical instruments ranging from a ‘hurdy-gurdy’ to a Tibetan pipe fashioned from a thigh bone. The cottage used to stand on Ledbury's High Street and was one of 15 burgage houses and shops making up Butchers Row.
Coppett Hill is situated in South Herefordshire in the parish of Goodrich, which is equidistant between Ross on Wye and Monmouth. Permissive paths give access to the reserve as well as offering views stretching from the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains to the Clee Hills in Shropshire and the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. The reserve is within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Croft Ambrey is an Iron Age hill fort in Herefordshire, England. The fort is on high ground beyond and adjoining the north-east boundary of National Trust Croft Castle parkland. The nearest settlements are the villages of Yarpole, Aymestrey and Yatton, and the hamlet of Mortimer's Cross. The Mortimer Trail waymarked long-distance footpath passes the site.
Dinmore Manor, one of Britain’s most beautiful residential estate is a 12th-century property that has evolved over hundreds of years to become one of Britain's most spectacular and beautiful estates. Penny Churchill tells its remarkable story. The main house is a Grade II listed building. The outlying chapel is mostly medieval and is grade II* listed.
A dynamic and beautiful castle situated in a 5000-acre estate in the Malvern Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The castle, surrounded by a lake, deer park, and arboretum, with magnificent views of the rolling Herefordshire countryside, is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. The twelve guest castle bedrooms – eleven doubles and one large single, four with four-poster beds – have been individually designed with style. It is the perfect place for castle weddings, romantic sta
The ruins of a church built within the earthworks of a Norman motte and bailey castle. This church remained in use until the 1860s, when it was replaced by the adjacent new church. The church is built of sandstone rubble dressed with tufa, and is of a very simple plan, with a single aisless nave, chancel, and west tower.
Golden Valley is a wild, untamed place, with Hay-on-Wye to the north and Pontrilas to the south. The name is a little misleading as in fact it is carved between two river valleys, the Dore and The Monnow, and the Black Mountains. The valley stretches between the parishes of Dorstone, Peterchurch, Abbey Dore and Ewyas Harold in the southwest of the county of Herefordshire. The area includes the electoral Wards of Golden Valley South and Golden Valley North.
Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles. Boasting a fascinating history and spectacular views from the battlements. It was owned successively by the Marshal, Valence and Talbot families, many of them important figures in war and national politics. It was an important border fortress responsible for securing southern Herefordshire but, despite its location, it had a relatively peaceful history until the Civil War.
Grange Court is the last surviving market house known to be built by John Abel, a local master carpenter, in the year of 1633. The building originally stood at the top of Broad Street in Leominster and housed the weekly butter market, selling chickens, eggs, and butter. It was then known as the Butter Crosse. The building has had many different functions in its near 400-year life, and every new owner has adapted the building to make it fit for their purpose.
A beautiful 15th-century castle in Herefordshire with spectacular gardens and a famous maze, open for day visitors and weddings. It features a range of highly acclaimed gardens including numerous herbaceous borders, pleached avenues, kitchen gardens, island pavilions, canals and a 150-year old wisteria tunnel leading to expansive sweeping lawns and a play area.
Map of attractions in Herefordshire