There's a wealth of historical towns, buildings and border castles thanks to the historical need to protect the English border nearby. Herefordshire is one of the least populated parts of the country and home to some little visited real gems of towns and villages.
Houses and castles
Croft Castle (National Trust) is a wonderful Marcher castle towards Ludlow with house, beautiful gardens, café, adventure playground and great walks in the wooded valley below.
Berrington Hall (NT) is an eighteenth century country house towards Ludlow set in lovely parkland with a lake (boating in summer).
Wigmore Castle – dramatic history matched by dramatic ruins in romantic setting this side of Ludlow. Short walk from Wigmore (The Oak does good food).
The Weir (NT) is a lovely, nearby garden along bank of the Wye towards Hereford – excellent for spring bulbs and rhododendrons. No dogs.
Hergest Croft Gardens are beautifully planted and extensive and have an excellent café as well as Offa’s Dyke walks nearby.
Bryan’s Ground on the Welsh border is another beautiful garden near Presteigne on the Welsh border. Open: Sunday and Monday afternoons April - July. Both Bryan's Ground and Hergest Croft are near Kington.
Especially appealing to children
Ralph Court Gardens Twelve 'Round the world' gardens specially designed for children and set over 3 acres with a tea room.
Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre, Kington has a fantastic range of pat-able animals (including the cutest pygmy goats) and fascinating owls. Open Feb-Nov every day and in all weathers with a tea room. Approx 20 mins drive away.
Towns and villages, shops
Pembridge, Eardisley, Eardisland, Dilwyn are picture-book pretty villages to visit nearby. More details of the villages, their churches, pubs and tea rooms on the Black and White heritage trail.
Hay on Wye – Lovely shops and bookshop capital of the UK. Particular favourites are Richard Booth’s bookshop for hours of browsing over three magnificent wooden floors, with an excellent café and boutique cinema. Approach Hay via small toll bridge at Whitney on Wye.
Leominster – Is a little visited gem. Broad St has a rabbit warren of antique and secondhand stalls behind the handsome old buildings. The Priory church has a dipping stool used to discover witches, a great cheese shop, ‘The Mouse Trap’, with local cheese and ciders.
Hereford – Hereford Cathedral has the world famous Mappa Mundi and a chained library. Pretty parts are by the river and cathedral. Brand new shopping centre called the Old Market has Waitrose. The 461 bus from Weobley takes 40 minutes on a picturesque route if you want to avoid traffic and parking.
Ludlow – fascinating and beautifully preserved medieval planned town in a dramatic setting.
Ledbury – lovely black and white town with annual poetry festival. Painted hall and many interesting shops (Tinsmiths for home wares) and places to visit (16th century Painted Room where T.S.Eliot married). A bit further away.
Oakchurch farm shop – "the Harrods of Herefordshire" offers a huge range of local food and drink in the foodhall, especially local artisan products, homeware and gifts, garden centre, plants, clothes, pet supplies and more. Something for everyone and a café. Ten – 15 minutes drive from Weobley.