Herefordshire and beyond
The best resource for everything that's happening in Herefordshire is found on the Things to Do page of the Visit Herefordshire website - http://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/
Black and White Village Tour – A wonderful tour of all our local black and white timbered and unspoilt villages, including Lyonshall, Pembridge, Eardisland, Weobley etc. Eardisland - Award-winning "Prettiest Village"; Weobley – an extraordinary variety of medieval buildings; Pembridge - don't miss the Market Square and detached Church bell tower; Eardisley – with its giant oak tree; Dilwyn – with its village green surrounded by cottages. Add Kinnersley and Sarnesfield, Lyonshall and Kingsland – and, of course, the two market towns of Kington and Leominster – and you have the key elements of the now famous Black and White Village Trail. www.lyonshall-village.fsnet.co.uk/home.htm will give you some historic information about our own little village.
Croft Castle – Mortimers Cross 01568 780246. Beautiful National Trust 17th Century Stone manor house with lovely gardens, open Wednesday to Sunday, April to September and Saturday Sunday otherwise. www.castleuk.net/castle_lists_midlands/137/croftcastle.htm.
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, 01531-633160. Medieval Castle with lots to do! www.eastnorcastle.com.
Hampton Court – Hope under Dinmore 01568-797777 www.hamptoncourt.org.uk. A castle on the meadows of the river Lugg, backed by a steep wooded escarpment and surrounded by woodland and grounds of 1,000 acres. Founded by King Henry in the early 15th century, the castle has been completely restored and the Van Kampen gardens are now gaining national acclaim
Hergest Croft, Kington – 01544 230160 www.hergest.co.uk. Beautiful rhododendron and azalea woods in late spring and Acers in autumn. Described as 'one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in Britain', the gardens are sure to delight everyone.
Lawton Hall Herbs, Eardisland 01568 709215. Herb Nursery. www.lawtonhall.co.uk.
Lingen Nursery and Garden, Bucknell 01544 267720 www.lingennursery.co.uk.
The Amazing Hedge Puzzle- Symonds Yat 01600 890360 www.mazes.co.uk. Ever since it was planted 25 years ago by brothers Lindsay and Edward Heyes, the fun of the aMazing Hedge Puzzle has made it Herefordshires most popular private tourist attraction.
Whimble Nursery & Gardens, Kinnerton 01547 560413. Unusual plants for sale.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Symonds Yat 01600 890360 www.butterflyzoo.co.uk. Experience the delight of nature's most serene and beautiful wildlife. At the Bufferfly Zoo you can walk with free flying exotic butterflies and see them supping nectar, finding their mates and laying eggs.
Courtyard Theatre Hereford 01432-359252 www.courtyard.org.uk/. Films, plays and pantomimes.
Judges Lodgings, Presteigne 01544 260650 www.judgeslodging.org.uk/. Fabulously restored Victorian lodgings.
Hay-on-Wye 01497 820144 www.hay-on-wye.co.uk. Lovely Border market town at the foot of the Black Mountains, with a plethora of book and antique shops and a famous literary festival in May.
Herefordshire Tourism, What's On Throughout the county at Visit Herefordshire http://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk
Kington Tourism, What's On in and Around Kington 01544 230778 www.kingtontourist.info or www.kc3.co.uk. This is our charming local market town with two butchers, two greengrocers (one with excellent fish on a Friday – The Grapevine), a great place for coffee at The Border Bean - no websites but please see the brilliant reviews on Trip Advisor, a sports shop, chemist, too many charity shops, a post office, banks and a largish Co-op round the back (turn left opposite the school), a couple of hairdressers and a beautician! For further details please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ludlow Castle 01584 873355 http://www.ludlowcastle.com/. Wonderful castle dating back to the 11th century.
Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Hereford Cathedral 01432-374202 www.herefordcathedral.co.uk. One of the oldest maps in the country and the historic chained library.
Small Breeds Farm Kington 01544-231109 www.owlcentre.com. Your kids will love this farm wildlife park full of everything from llamas, owls, goats, to guinea pigs, ducks, mice and rats!
Wigmore Castle Wigmore www.castlewales.com/wigmore.html. Recently renovated by English Heritage.