Herefordshire Visitor information
An Introdution to Herefordshire
Herefordshire is a county of unspoilt countryside, market towns of distinctive character and a wealth of varied landscapes from a historic City to fascinating villages.
Things to do in Herefordshire
Herefordshire is home to the Clearwell caves, mined for 4,500 years! It also has many historic properties including Croft castle and Eastnor Castle. Berrington hall was one of Henry Holland's first houses. The Weir is a stunning riverside garden which is accessible all eyar round.
Other attractions to visit include -
Moors Meadow - An intriguing and eclectic garden, offering superb views over the Kyre Valley
Getting to Herefordshire
Herefordshire is a 3 hours drive from London and only 1 and a half hours from Birmingham airport with access via the motorways M4 or M5/M50.
The nearest international airport is Birmingham which is an hour and a half drive from the county and also has train connections to Herefordshire.
National Express Coaches operates a service throughout the UK . Visitors may travel direct from London and Birmingham to Hereford, Ledbury or Ross-on-Wye. First and Stagecoach run most of the local bus services.
There are railway stations located at Hereford City, Leominster, Colwall and Ledbury. From London's Paddington station the train journey takes approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours.
The History of Herefordshire starts with a shire in the time of Aethelstan (895 - 939), and is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1051. At some time in the 7th century the West Saxons pushed their way across the Severn and established themselves in the territory between Wales and Mercia.
In 915 the Danes made their way up the Severn to the district of Archenfield, where they took prisoner Cyfeiliawg, Bishop of Llandaff, and in 921 they besieged Wigmore, which had been rebuilt in that year by Edward. From the time of its first settlement the district was the scene of constant border warfare with the Welsh, and Harold, whose Earldom included this county, ordered that any Welshman caught trespassing over the border should lose his right hand.
During "The Anarchy" - the prolonged civil war of Stephen's reign - Hereford Castle and Weobley castle were held against the King, but were captured in 1138. Edward I, was imprisoned in Hereford Castle, and made his famous escape in 1265. In the 14th and 15th centuries the forest of Deerfold gave refuge to some of the most noted followers of Wycliffe. The Battle of Mortimer's Cross was fought in 1461 near Wigmore.
Universities in Herefordshire