Aside from being a beautiful cathedral city Hereford, in the heart of Herefordshire is also an ancient market town. The roots of the town can be traced as far back as Saxon times and today the people that visit the city can delight in the history and heritage of the town while they enjoy the very best in modern facilities.
This is the Wye Valley and Hereford is considered to be the capital town of the district. The magnificent cathedral lies in its heart offering not only a tranquil haven for those looking for peace. It is also home to the oldest music festival in Europe which takes place here every three years called the Three Choirs Festival. Hereford is also the home of the famous Mappa Mundi which draws visitors from far and wide.
Things to Do
There are a number if fascinating museums here as well as a popular art gallery which offers regularly changing exhibitions. Choose from the Old House museum located in the centre of town, the Waterworks Museum on the edge of the town or enjoy a taster or two at the Cider Museum. This is a cathedral city with a rich and interesting heritage. The modern mixes very well with the ancient, from the medieval bridge which spans the River Wye to the modern arts and entertainment centre. With the city’s roots planted firmly in the 7th century it is one of the most ancient towns in England.
This is the home of the cider makers and a visit here would not be complete without sampling the locally made cider, and with a number of cider makers opening their doors to the public you can taste it right at the source. There are also a number of excellent stately homes and beautiful gardens to visit and the kids are bound to enjoy the incredible hedge puzzle found at Symonds Yat.
Places to Visit
Pay a visit to Stockton Bury Gardens and explore the grounds that surround the medieval farm buildings, there is a grotto, a pigeon house and a working kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant which is located in the old tithe barn.
Take the children to Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo where they can walk amongst the butterflies and amazing tropical plants that they live among. The Frome Valley Vineyard is a place for the adults where you can learn about how wine has been made in the valley since medieval times and how it is made today.
Wilton Castle and Gardens offers an escape to one of the top gardens in the UK. Hampton Court Castle Gardens and Parkland are a must see. The castle is 15th century and there are around one thousand acres of beautiful parkland and riverbank to explore, the perfect place for a family picnic.
Berrington Hall is owned and operated by the National Trust and offers a glimpse at what life was like here in the 18th century, as well as having beautiful gardens designed by Capability Brown. Whenever you visit you will find activities that the whole family can enjoy.