From spectacular countryside, fragrant orchards and glorious gardens to bustling market towns, historic castles and an enviable food and drink scene, it’s no wonder Herefordshire is a popular choice for groups to visit. Here are some top ideas for your next itinerary.
1. Get a taste for the county
From famous artisan ciders to delicious fruit liqueurs and award-winning vodkas and gins, visitors can discover how Herefordshire producers take simple ingredients and turn them into expertly crafted products on the ‘Sip Drink Tour’ trail. Explore vineyards, orchards and distilleries via guided tours and tasting sessions, or even try your hand at making your own drink.
2. Enjoy picturesque settings
The beautiful ‘Black & White’ trail is the perfect way to experience the charm and history of Herefordshire’s most picturesque villages, hamlets and market towns. Drive, walk or cycle the unique 40-mile round route of beautiful timber framed black and white communities and take in the buildings, superb tearooms, pubs, restaurants, galleries and scenic views.
3. Learn something new
Try your hand at a new skill or explore your creativity with a huge variety of activities on offer across the county, from pottery making, creative writing and bread making, to outdoor pursuits, Viking Games, a falconry session or rural crafts.
4. Uncover history at iconic attractions
Herefordshire is home to breath-taking castles, country estates and manor houses, all set against a backdrop of glorious gardens and rolling countryside views. Explore Eastnor Castle and its magnificent grounds or Hampton Court Castle and its sunken water gardens and maze. Wander around Westonbury Mill Water Gardens, home to the largest water-powered cuckoo clock in England, or the terraces of Brobury House Gardens, which are open 12 months a year. Discover Hallwood at Hellens Manor, recorded in the Doomsday Book and now a Site of Scientific Importance, or the six acres of tranquil gardens that surround the magnificent Hereford Cathedral with views across the River Wye.
5. Explore on foot
Sitting centrally in the county, the beautiful Saxon City of Hereford is packed full of culture, cuisine and curiosity. One of the best ways to discover the city’s past and present is via a fascinating walking tour, led by local experts from the Guild of Guides. A visit to Hereford wouldn’t be complete without an experience at the magnificent Cathedral.
Home to the Mappa Mundi; one of the oldest surviving maps of the world, and The Chained Library, a unique chained security system from the 17th century, featuring over 1,200 early printed books and 229 illuminated manuscripts. If your group is looking for overnight stays, the newly refurbished Green Dragon Hotel has transformed into an excellent group destination for all seasons.
Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire has curated a range of group itinerary ideas and handy downloadable guides, providing further inspiration for groups planning their next UK trip. You can find more information at www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk/group-travel.