From being the home of the 1217 Magna Carta, one of history’s most important surviving documents that formed English law, and the Mappa Mundi, an outstanding treasure of the medieval world, to iconic cider making heritage, internationally renowned beef and the site of the Battle of the Roses, Herefordshire couldn’t have more to offer the culture vulture. The legendary landmarks of kings, saints and poets dot trails of historic towns and villages packed with myths, folklore and factual material to enthral you time and time again. Explore Herefordshire History & Heritage and get your trip started. For more great ideas use our handy Great Combo Destinations in Herefordshire Guide.
Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust is a charity for all those who love church buildings. Once the strongly beating hearts of our rural communities, who can imagine a Herefordshire landscape without a tower or spire in the villages and towns? But many of the churches are elderly and in need of support, as we all do as we get older! Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust (HHCT) exists to help churches and communities help themselves; giving grants and loans, raise awareness of the wonderful heritage these buildings represent and aim to attract newcomers into some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the county. Of the 240 churches in Herefordshire around 150 of our church buildings are listed as Grade I or Grade II*, making them hugely valuable architecturally as well as societally. Part of a continuum that has lasted for generations, in some cases for the best part of a thousand years, they are part of a shared history for Herefordshire communities and without them, our lives would be so much the poorer. HHCT hold events like our popular Music in Quiet Places series, an annual coffee morning, Church Crawl, Silent Film and Ride and Stride, with new ideas and events […]
Update: the museum is closed until at least October 2020 CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RISK, PLEASE READ THEIR FULL STATEMENT HERE. The Waterworks Museum – Hereford is a brilliant day out for the whole family as well as the engineering and history enthusiast. Suitable for all ages, this Museum is open one day a week – on a Tuesday between 11am and 4pm, and on 20 in-steam family days each year (Sundays and bank holidays). The Museum Charting the heritage of Herefordshire’s water supply, the Waterworks Museum – Hereford houses a unique collection of working industrial artifacts concerned with the supply of potable water, all in the authentic surroundings of a Victorian waterworks building and grounds. It might not be obvious, but the museum is a time-capsule of social history and the public health development in Herefordshire and beyond. The Museum has possibly the widest chronological range of working water-pumping devices in Britain, with exhibits spanning from 1850 to 2000, whilst authentic working replicas cover some of the earliest water-raising devices of the Greek and Roman periods. The Museum is home to more than thirty working engines of all types. From early beam engines to internal combustion, and everything in between including gas and […]
The Black and White House Museum is a 17th Century timber-framed building The 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 Hours for 2020 (open hours may vary at short notice) Tuesday 1pm-4pm Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 12 noon and 1pm-4pm Sunday 12-3pm Admission Charges Adults – £3 Children – £2 (under 5s free) Family ticket – £9.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Access to ground floor only – £1.50 Adult annual pass – £10
UPDATE: Hellens Gardens grounds, garden and tearoom are now open from 10am to 6pm every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of October. 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 […]
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 will run from September 1 until October 31 2020. Hereford Guild of Guides look forward to welcoming you on a GUIDED WALK around Hereford, at 11.30 daily, except on Sundays at 14.30. You will visit the site of the medieval castle and see Hereford’s interesting and historic buildings and other structures, hear about the history of the city through the ages from Saxon times, its role in the Civil War and its famous people and learn about Dan the dog! Tickets from the Cathedral Shop (from the Guide on Sundays) £5 for adults and £1 for accompanied children aged 6-12. Walks are limited to a maximum of 6 people to allow for social distancing. Meet your Guide outside the main entrance to the Cathedral. There is no need to book in advance but you will need to purchase a ticket from the Cathedral shop prior to joining the walk (or from the guide on Sundays if the shop is closed) – the charge is £5 per adult, £1 for accompanied children aged 6 – 12. Please note that we can only allow […]
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. From Monday 27 July, the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition will be reopening for visitors with a brand new exhibition, The Two Thomases. Further details here 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 […]
CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RISK, PLEASE SEE STATEMENT BELOW We are sad to say that as of today, the museum will be CLOSED until further notice. We will not be taking any meeting room bookings nor will the shop be open. Stay safe, and we hope to see you in better times. 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 […]