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Visit the Marcher castles, Hereford Cathedral, the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, or great houses such as Berrington Hall, Eastnor Castle and Witley Court. The local black and white villages with their timber-framed cottages are well worth visiting. Close by are the gardens of Hampton Court, and the National Collection of Michaelmas daisies or further afield are Hidcote and Kiftsgate.

If gastronomy whets your appetite, sample the Flavours of Herefordshire. There are vineyards, cider apple orchards, cheese makers and ice-cream makers and even hand-made chocolates from Ledbury. The area now has a number of micro breweries producing an interesting selection of ales. Treat yourself to a weekend break at the Herefordshire Food Festival in October.

Interested in Morgan Cars? We are twenty minutes from Malvern, where the Morgan is built.

We are within an hour and a quarter of the Celtic Manor Resort, host to The Ryder Cup in 2010 and many numerous high-profile events such as The Celtic Manor Wales Open or the summer tennis tournament with celebrities like Pat Cash. Perhaps you might enjoy the Races at Cheltenham, Hereford or Ludlow, or grass boarding.

Come to listen to the choral music of the Three Choirs Festival, one of the world's oldest classical choral music festivals, held annually since the early eighteenth century, or the Jazz Festival at Upton.

Visit Ledbury Poetry Festival, described as the best in the country by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. Whatever your interests, you are sure to be able to indulge them from here.

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Hops

Beer probably reached this country in the C15th, and although Kent is more famous for hop-growing than this area, the hopyards of Herefordshire have also been in cultivation for hundreds of years. The female flowers or cones, are used in the brewing of beer to give it its distinctive bitter taste. The Woodhouse used [...]

Herefordshire Cherries

This year’s cherries have been absolutely wonderful. They only have a short season of perhaps a month, but they are worth waiting for, and during those few short weeks, one can stuff oneself to one’s heart’s content. Herefordshire is well-known for its fruit; apples and pears, blackcurrants, strawberries and raspberries, but my favourites must be [...]

Mappa Mundi and Chained Library

Described by a leading scholar as “the most remarkable illustrated English manuscript of any kind” the Mappa Mundi is the largest medieval map of the world still in existence. Once thought to have been made in Lincoln, it is now considered to have been drawn in Hereford itself, and in the Mappa Mundi and Chained [...]

Beer on the Wye VII

Hereford’s Beer and Cider Festival will take place this year on July 8th-10th. On show will be over 140 real beers from all corners of the UK, over 40 from around the world and 99 ciders and perries. This is really impressive as every one of the 99 are made by Herefordshire producers. Held on [...]

Croft Castle

The castle, or rather, castellated manor house,  has been a home for nearly 1000 years, with connections going back to 1066 but with Georgian  interiors. There are interesting stories to learn about the Croft family, for example, how they sold the castle in the C18th and then bought it back again in the early C20th. Now looked after by the National [...]

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