Chase Distillery is a family owned, British Field to Bottle distillery, creating fine spirits from their farm in Herefordshire. They set up their business in 2008 to challenge the status quo in the white spirits industry. If people are interested in the terroir for their wine or the barrel aging for their whisky, then why shouldn’t they be interested in how their white spirits have been crafted? Why Chase? Well, they grow British Potatoes which they distil into Chase Vodka and then blend or redistil into their range of spirits, including Chase GB Gin. The Chase family have a passion for farming and distil from scratch, taking 250 glorious Herefordshire potatoes to make every bottle. The quality of Chase’s products isn’t by chance. It takes meticulous dedication, craftsmanship and passion from the team. This approach, entirely from field to bottle, really makes Chase different and it is something you can taste in their spirits. Visit the Field to Bottle distillery in Herefordshire, just four miles from Hereford City centre. Chase Distillery’s unique tour and tasting experience unlocks some of the secrets and skills that go into creating their award-winning range of spirits. Your expert guide will talk you through everything […]
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust works across the county, looking after its wonderful landscapes and wildlife – and inspiring others to do the same! The trust manage 59 nature reserves which range from the tiny – perfect pockets of meadow and woodland – to the expansive, such as the popular Queenswood Country Park. Touring the nature reserves is a fantastic way to discover the heart of Herefordshire as the trust conserve some of the best examples of the county’s orchards, meadows, riversides, woodland and lakes. Undertaking projects across Herefordshire with partner organisations, landowners and local communities to ensure maintainance of Living Landscapes where wildlife and people can thrive. Most recently work includes restoring a network of ponds across Bromyard Downs, Bringsty Common and National Trust Brockhampton estate as part of the Pooling Together project while along the Lower Lugg Valley, the trust have protected the river banks to improve the water quality and wildlife habitat for the future. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust run events, activities and courses throughout the year and across the county, for all ages. Why not join the WildPlay team for a morning of den making and outdoor cooking, enjoy a guided tour of the reserves with knowledgeable reserve officers or sign up […]
The jewel in the crown of Herefordshire homes Hellens Manor still serves as a residence but is also open to the public, administered by the Pennington-Mellor-Munthe Charity Trust, and hosting tour groups as well as cultural events such as lectures, concerts, school field-trips, and literary discussions, forming a key part of the cultural life of Much Marcle. The inside of the manor is impressive with Tudor style architecture and fine delicacies. The manor was originally occupied by French Monks but a short while after in the year of 1096 the manor was granted to the De Balun family who became witnesses of the signing of the Magna Carta. In 1301 Hellens went to Lords Audley, a nephew James who was companion to the Black Prince rented the manor for a pair of silver spurs. Afterwards he then leased the manor to Walter De Helyon who then later gave his name to the house. Over the following centuries the manor passed through several hands including those of Richard Walwyn who became occupier of Hellens Manor in the late 14th century, in the 15th century the wealthy family made many changes to the house. The Audleys and Walwyns held court in the […]
The Laskett Gardens is uniquely autobiographical The Laskett Gardens is one of the largest private formal gardens to be laid out in England since 1945, the gardens form an ever evolving creation over forty years of the historian, writer and diarist Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, the designer, Julia Trevelyan Oman. Their four acres celebrate an orchestration of surprise and thrilling vistas. There are some twenty different and contrasting ‘rooms’ including a rose garden, a knot garden, an orchard, a pleached lime avenue, parterres, herbaceous borders and the Colonnade Court. New additions for 2018 are two stunning mosaics in the orchard and a Belvedere tower from which to view the garden on high – not to be missed. This garden is a unique portrait of its makers, with the story of their marriage and their extraordinary lives woven into its very fabric. Open for groups exclusively Tuesdays and Thursdays (Pre-booking required). 10:30am and 2:30pm 1 may – 27 September 2018 Non-groups welcome Wednesdays, please call ahead. Contact Fiona Fyshe to book 07989 338217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org £12 per person inc detailed souvenir map and audio guide. Gift shop (no tearoom, own refreshments/picnics welcome).
The Black and White House Museum is a 17th Century timber-framed building Black and White House Museum is a newly re-opened and refurbished magnificent Jacobean half-timbered building in the heart of Hereford City, furnished in period style. Built in 1621 and home in the past to butchers, saddlers and bankers. Explore the rooms which give a glimpse into daily life in the 17th Century. Including fashion, dining and bedrooms. Learn about the city during the Civil War. Hands on activities for children and families. For those unable to climb the stairs, a virtual tour is situated on the fully-accessible ground floor. There are also Braille and tactile images for the blind and visually impaired. Note parking is available close by. Take a look at the council car parks page. There are public toilet facilities nearby, but not on site. Opening times: Normal Hours Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sundays: 11.30-2.30 Admission charges Adults £2.50 Children £1.50 (under 5s free) Family ticket £7.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Access to ground floor only £1.50 Adult annual pass £7.50 Child annual pass £4.50 Family annual access £22.50 Facebook: www.facebook.com/herefordmuseums
Home of the Mappa Mundi Hereford Cathedral is built on a place of worship used since Saxon times. It contains some of the finest examples of art and architecture from Norman times to the present day, including the famous Mappa Mundi, the medieval Chained Library and the Hereford Magna Carta. Hereford’s elegantly restored Cathedral Close sits at the heart of our historic city and diocese, with new social spaces, artworks and interpretation for you to enjoy. Mappa Mundi The Mappa Mundi is a unique medieval treasure, recording how scholars interpreted the world over 700 years ago. More than a thousand drawings and inscriptions show cities and towns, Biblical events, plants, animals, birds, strange creatures and monstrous races. The map bears the name of its author ‘Richard of Haldingham or Lafford’ (Holdingham and Sleaford in Lincolnshire). Recent research suggests a date of about 1300 for the creation of the map. Mappa Mundi is drawn on a single sheet of vellum (calf skin) measuring 64″ by 52″ (1.58 x 1.33 metres), tapering towards the top with a rounded apex. The geographical material of the map is contained within a circle measuring 52″ in diameter and reflects the thinking of the medieval church […]
Discover award-winning ciders at Westons Cider Mill Westons Cider Mill has been lovingly produced in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle for nearly 140 years and is still independently owned by the same family. Find out how the cider magic happens with a tour and tutored tasting experience. Enter the courtyard and converted farm buildings and you’ll find the Scrumpy House Restaurant, Orchard Tea Rooms and Cider Shop; the place to begin a tour. See inside the award-winning mill and gain a unique insight into the craft of cider making with an expert guide. Tours run daily at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm and can be tailored to suit any party size. Learn about the history of this 5th generation business and see inside one of the industries’ largest oak vat houses. Finish off with a cider tasting and browse the variety of delicious ciders on offer. Enjoy dining in the Scrumpy House Restaurant, situated in a former cattle shed that offers plenty of rustic charm with a true taste of Herefordshire. To book a table or make an enquiry please call 01531 660626. There is also the Orchard Tearoom serving hot and cold drinks and plenty of picnic […]
Visit Hereford’s Cider Museum and explore the story of traditional cider making. Learn how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider. Herefordshire is world famous for its cider and here is a wonderful way to discover its history and the traditions of how it was made, right through to the modern day. A tour of the Museum reveals the history of cidermaking and visitors have the opportunity of walking through original champagne cider cellars and viewing a cooper’s workshop, vat house and cider making memorabilia. View a rare collection of engraved English Lead Crystal cider glasses dating from the 18th century onwards and a collection of 19th century watercolours which were commissioned in 1865 to produce the Herefordshire Pomona – a book illustrating the different varieties of apples and pears grown. Group visits are welcome including school groups and research facilities are available by appointment. GIFT SHOP & TEAROOM – Browse the gift shop with its abundance of cider and perries, along with Hereford Cider Brandy and locally produced gin, vodka and liqueurs as well as a selection of preserves, confectionery, books and individual gift ideas. A tea room is available […]
Wye Valley Brewery is situated in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside Located between Hereford and Bromyard the Wye Valley Brewery; a family business that takes great pride in brewing the best cask and bottle conditioned beer possible. The on-site brewery shop in Stoke Lacy offers a wide array of bottled ales, gift packs, branded merchandise and clothing, as well as locally produced artisan chutneys, rapeseed oils and hand-made hop jewellery. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and on Saturdays during December in the run up to Christmas. If you’re keen to know a little more about how their beers are brewed, you can book on to one of the quarterly brewery tours. The tours take you through the whole brewing process in the award-winning, energy-efficient brewhouse, followed by a tutored ‘sampling’ session in the brewery bar. For brewery tour dates visit www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk, call the brewery on 01885 490 505, or email email@example.com. As well as visiting the brewery, you might also like to visit a Wye Valley Brewery pub, all of which offer a friendly welcome and the full range of delicious cask conditioned Wye Valley Brewery ales including the infamous Butty Bach and HPA. For opening times […]
Churches tell a story, many stories – of families, of political intrigue and social change, of architecture, and changes in belief. Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group is a network of some of the best churches and chapels in the county that have dominated the landscape and life of communities for more than a thousand years. What will you find when you enter the door? A source of fascination, awe, or a deep sense of peace? Here people have come and still come, generation on generation, seeking the place of their ancestors or solace for the present. Our churches still play a significant part in the life of our communities. Some act as community centres with modern facilities, others have developed their churchyards to attract wildlife, all serve as living monuments to our heritage and history. Often set in beautiful landscapes, with wonderful features and architecture, visiting our churches can enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of Herefordshire.
Let the Hereford Guild of Guides take you around the historic city of Hereford GUIDED WALKS in the Historic city of Hereford Guided Walks 2018: from 14th March until 31st October Times: Mon-Sat. at 11.30am; Sundays at 2.30pm Starting from: The Main Entrance of the Cathedral. Tickets: From Cathedral Shop/Guide if shop is closed. Charge: Adults £5, Children 6-12 years £1. Duration: Approx. 11/2 hours. Just turn up – we’d love to show you our historic city. In addition: Booked walks for groups all year round. Walk themes: Historic Walks Haunting and Horrors of Hereford Famous People of Hereford River Wye Elgar musical walking tour (3 Choirs Festival only) Other by arrangement Also see Heritage Open Days Walks
Brobury House is a charming Victorian building Brobury House and gardens is on the banks of the River Wye in Herefordshire near Bredwardine. The house is a charming Victorian building which the current owners Keith and Pru Cartright have renovated. There are eight acres of garden which have been nurtured to retain the original Victorian character. Set in the peace and tranquility of Brobury countryside, it is an ideal place to explore the city of Hereford, the Welsh Marches and the book lovers paradise of Hay on Wye. It is a place to relax and unwind. All are welcome, especially nature lovers, gardeners, artists, photographers and those who would just like to sit and picnic in beautiful surroundings. Bed & Breakfast at Brobury House offers modern en suite rooms with stunning views across the gardens. Breakfast is served in the conservatory and offers a full range of foods from full English to continental. Free WI-FI is available. If you are planning a longer stay, why not consider one of the beautifully peaceful cottages set within the 8 acres of Brobury House Gardens. A perfect rural retreat in the heart of Herefordshire countryside. Each cottage offers spacious kitchen, dining and living room […]
Brockhampton Estate Invites visitors to discover more about key figures from the past At the heart of this 687-hectare (1700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton Estate, a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century. The house is surrounded by a moat and is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse, built 1530-40. There are miles of walks through the park and woodland, featuring ancient trees, the picturesque Lawn Pool and various sculptures depicting parts of the history of Brockhampton and the local area. This is home to a rich variety of wildlife, along with historic farming breeds such as Hereford cattle and Ryeland sheep. Steeped in history, Brockhampton has witnessed many changes. Inside the manor house, explore 600 years of history and discover the families which have made this special place home. Each room takes you to a different era of history ; from the wealthy landowners of medieval times to the Georgian gentleman who lived here before building a mansion house at the top of the hill. More recently the manor house was home to farming families including Mr and Mrs Dennett the gamekeeper and his wife and Val and Marion Freegard. Discover the changes that […]