Days out in Herefordshire

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Herefordshire is a hugely underrated county to visit in the UK. But with beautiful towns, vast countryside and a range of Herefordshire tourist attractions, there are countless options for days out in Herefordshire whether you’re a visitor or a local wanting to discover more on your doorstep.

Where is Herefordshire?

Herefordshire is located in the west of England along the Welsh border. The River Wye runs through the county and at some points acts as the country boundary between England and Wales.

Herefordshire is around 1.5 hours drive from Birmingham and 3.5 hours driving from London. Maknig a great stop as part of a longer trip onwards to Wales too!

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15 Ideas for a day out in Herefordshire

Whether you live in Hereford or are basing yourself in Hereford or nearby for your trip, these day trips in Herefordshire are all doable within a day as day trips from Hereford or days out near Hereford and within the county or close to the border to keep travel times as short as possible.

Hereford

Of course the county town is a must-visit if you’re travelling to the area for the first time. But even if you’re a local, how often do you really enjoy Herford from a tourist perspective? Have you ever gone on days out in Hereford or visited any Hereford tourist attractions?

Here are some ideas for things to do in Hereford:

  • Visit the Black and White House Museum
  • Visit Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
  • Explore Hereford Cathedral
  • Enjoy a walk along the River and Bishops Meadow
  • Learn more at the Hereford Cider Museum Trust
  • Try the legendary Herefordshire beef burgers at Beefy Boys
  • Check out the local stalls at the weekly markets or Hereford Butter Market
  • Treat yourself to dinner at the Green Dragon Hotel
Timber frame house with union jack flag on high street
Ledbury

Ledbury

Ledbury is a great option for free things to do in Herefordshire, particularly if you’re a street photography lover. The black and white timber frame architecture is common throughout Herefordshire, but the narrow streets and bustling high street in the town are a must-see in Herefordshire.

Don’t miss the Market House or the view down Church Street.

If you’re starting your day in Ledbury town, don’t miss the coffee and breakfast at Cameron & Swan!

Eastnor Pottery – a hands-on Herefordshire day out!

Cottage with tents in yard in Eastnor Pottery
Eastnor Pottery

One of the most unique things to do in Herefordshire! If you’ve never thrown pottery before or used a pottery wheel, you need to give it a try at Eastnor Pottery!

They offer beginner classes called Potter’s Wheel Introduction from £40 per person, as well as full-day or even full weekend workshops. They also cater for large groups like hen parties which have become very popular in light of the popular TV show The Great Pottery Throw Down!

The pottery business sits on the Eastnor Estate, a beautiful privately owned village just outside of Ledbury. The couple who run Eastnor Pottery are absolutely lovely and will help you make your first pot or perfect your craft!

Brockhampton Estate – days out in Herefordshire for National Trust fans

Pond with lily pads in front of a large white house
Brockhampton Estate

This beautiful National Trust property is small but really packs a punch with its 1,700 acres of parkland, walking trails and rolling hills to explore. 

Located in the north of Herefordshire, it’s a medieval manor house that was built in the 1530s and was traditionally a farming estate, hence the size of the surrounding park area. However the house’s unique timber frame and white colour make it stand out against its lush green gardens which are surrounded by a moat covered in lilypads.

There’s also a very unique white timber gatehouse which crosses the moat and charmingly leans to one side!

The Estate is easily a whole day out in Herefordshire and often gets overlooked for great walks in Herefordshire despite having thousands of acres to roam in. Check out the marked trails and walks on the Estate website to plan your walk.

Entry to the Estate is free if you’re a National Trust member. Otherwise entry is £9.50 per adult, £4.75 per child or £23.75 for a family ticket.

Outdoor garden shelter made from lots of colourful wine bottles
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

An absolutely stunning garden oasis which many Herefordshire locals aren’t even aware of!

The story of Westonbury Mill Water Gardens is fascinating. The land was bought by Richard Pim after he returned from the Middle East in the 1970s. The land was rubble and he no gardening experience, yet he spent the following decades cultivating a stunning garden experience of follies and walkways, running streams and vibrant flowerbeds. 

Within the garden is unusual features like a giant cuckoo clock believed to be the biggest water powered one in existance, a shelter made from 5000 wine bottles, a huge stone tower as part of the water mill, a blue Monet bridge and also a wildflower meadow.

Entry tickets cost £6.50 per adult and £2.50 per child at the time of writing.

Ross-on-Wye – the gateway to the Wye Valley

River Wye with the town in the background with church spire and colourful houses
Ross-On-Wye

The gateway to the Wye Valley and made famous by William Gilpin’s guidebook about the Wye Valley written in 1782, believed to be the first British travel guidebook.

Ross-on-Wye is it the south of the county and is popular for overnight stays and day trips, with plenty to see and do there.

  • Walk along the riverwalk route along the banks of the Wye
  • Take a picnic and enjoy it along the grassy river bank and parkland surrounding it
  • Pick up your next read from Rossiter Books
  • Wander through the Thomas Blake Memorial Garden
  • Visit the Made in Ross art gallery to see and pick up beautiful local artisan creations
  • Enjoy a drink with a view at the Royal Hotel

Ross-on-Wye is also the ideal base for a day of outdoor activities, with canoeing on the River Wye being the most popular. You can rent a canoe from several places, one not too far outside Ross on Wye is the Ross on Wye canoe hire. See their website for more info.

Other outdoor activities in Ros- on-Wye include angling and cycling along the many cycling trails, one of the most popular is the Pedalaway trail.

Weir Garden

This beautiful National Trust garden is located along the banks of the River Wye and is an easy for a day out near Hereford, being just a 15 minute drive away.

The garden is still a working garden and is also managed as a habitat for wildlife, so you can enjoy the wild feel, wildflower spaces and closeness to the water and nature as your stroll through.

Don’t miss the 18th century walled garden and also the glasshouse where produce is sold from all year round.

Adult tickets cost £6.50 and children cost £3.25 at the time of writing.

Hampton Court Castle

No this isn’t Hampton Court in London. This is a lesser known, but no less spectacular, castle in Herefordshore.

Hampton Court Castle is an idea day trip if you’re looking for things to do in Leominster, Herefordshire – it’s just a 10 minute drive from Leominster.

This medieval castle is open from Spring to Autumn and the gardens are especially spectacular to see in the autumn months. Although the beautiful gardens are fun all year round, with water features, a maze and countless beautiful plants so all the family can find something to enjoy.

The castle also hosts events throughout the year including jousting tournaments, animal encounters, falconry displays and more, see their website for more details.

Enjoy a break and a light bite at the Orangery Cafe while you spend your day at Hampton Court Castle.

Tickets for adults cost £9.50, children cost £5.50.

Westons Cider Mill

Herefordshire is one of the Three Counties which also includes Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. All three counties are traditionally farming counties and this means you might be surprised at how many fruit orchards there are in Herefordshire!

As well as numerous cider mills, there’s also pear and plum orchards as well as berry picking throughout the county!

Westons Cider Mill is a large cider mill which produces cider and perry (made from pears). All their fruit comes from within a 50 mile radius, making this a truly local business worth visiting and supporting!

There are four tours every day where you’ll learn about the cider making process, the mill and then have a tasting session at the end. 

Tours cost £12.50 per adult and £5 per child.

There’s also a shop on site so you can take some cider home with you!

Symonds Yat

View of the Wye Valley with the Wye river through the middle in Herefordshire
Wye Valley

Symonds Yat is a village in the Wye Valley and it’s a popular stop on a Wye Valley trip and especially for those doing a Wye River canoeing or kayaking day, with Ye Old Ferrie Inn in the village having docks to tie up your boat and stop for a meal or beverage.

The village is also a great base for exploring further into the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and doing walks in the area. Two great walks to do here are up to Yat Rock and also along the river to Biblins Suspension Bridge.

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo – the perfect family attraction in Herefordshire

If you’re looking for something unique to do in Herefordshire, the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is definitely something different to do!

The Butterfly Zoom is close to Symonds Yat so it’s possible to combine the two together to create one of the funnest days out Herefordshire has to offer.

Adult tickets cost £9 while children cost £6. Family tickets are £30.

With miniature golf, a hedge maze and laser tag also means this is a great option for family days out in Herefordshire.

Hellens Manor

Front garden with water feature and Hellens Manor in the background
Hellens Manor

Perhaps one of the most underrated places to visit Herefordshire has to offer, and easily a full day out in Herefordshire!

Hellens Manor is a stunning Tudor Jacobean Manor house located in the village of Much Marcle, just a short drive form Ledbury. 

What makes this property so interesting is that the family still lives there, giving this grand manor an eclectic and lived-in feel that you don’t experience in many other properties like this in the UK.

A guided tour here is well worth paying for, with really knowledgeable guides to know so much about the history of the house and how much it’s entwined with England’s history and European history too!

Check out their website for opening times, prices and details.

Hay-on-Wye

High street with lots of bookshops in Hay on wye for a day trip from herefordshire
Hay-on-Wye

You’ll never run out of literary things to do in Hay-on-Wye, this town is a booklover’s dream and a great cultural option for days out in Herefordshire.

With 20 book shops, many of them with unique specialisms like thriller bookshops, poetry bookshops and history bookshops. There’s also the annual Hay Literary Festival in the summer if you happen to be visiting then, it really is a wonderful day out from Herefordshire.

Don’t miss the Richard Booth’s Cinema around the corner from the Richard Booth’s Bookshop. There’s also antique stores and many cute cafes to explore. Check out the cute Bean Box cafe under the bridge by the river.

There’s also art galleries and being such a creative town, there’s also pop up events, markets and local stalls – you’ll always find something to do in Ha- on-Wye.

Canoeing the Wye – an adventurous day out for the family

For those who prefer a more active day out, kayaking or canoeing on the River Wye is an amazing way to see the Wye Valley and Herefordshire on a day out.

Check out Ultimate Canoe and Kayak who have several River Wye itineraries which cover different parts of the river depending on where you’re living or staying in Herefordshire.

The River Wye is the perfect river for spending the day on, it’s calm and easily navigable, even beginners can experience it! There’s also so many places to stop, either of the banks to take in the views or pubs and villages along the way where you can dock for a break and refuelling!

Of course safety is also extremely important, use the safety equipment supplied.

Summary: the best days out in Herefordshire

There are so many attractions and Herefordshire points of interest to enjoy on days out in Herefordshire. Hopefully this guide has given you plenty of ideas for things to see in Herefordshire on your day out in the county.

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