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Things To Do

Castle House is the perfect base to discover some of the best events in the area.

Castle House’s City Walks

Explore the ancient city of Hereford with one of two circular city walks, both of which include historical information with maps and take just under an hour. Please ask for a copy at reception. Download our High Town Walk or our Riverside Walk. The Guild of Guides also conducts daily guided city walks from early May until end of October. No booking is required, just turn up at the north porch of the Cathedral at 11.30am on weekdays and 2.30pm on Sundays.

Hereford Cathedral and Mappa Mundi

This magnificent Cathedral, which overlooks the Wye, houses one of the most historic and fascinating maps in the world as well as the famous chained library. Find out more here.

Shopping in Hereford

There are some really lovely independent shops and boutiques in Church Street and various of the little  alleyways close to the Cathedral.  High Street names can be found in the centre of the city or the Old Market Shopping Centre.  

The Wye Valley

The Wye Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, steeped in rich agricultural and industrial heritage and one of the most unspoiled parts of the UK. Explore the river, museums, castles and black and white villages. Walk, canoe, drive the winding river road. Find out more here.

The Brecon Beacons

The Beacons are a beautiful stretch of mountain range within easy driving distance of Castle House. The scenery is amongst the most stunning in the UK, with a diversity of countryside, including valleys, waterfalls, caves and wildlife. Find out more here.

Three Choirs Festival

Since 1715, the three cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester have annually hosted the Three Choirs Festival in rotation, interrupted only by two world wars. Each year features a large-scale choral and orchestral concerts performed by the Three Choirs Festival Chorus, the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra and an international galaxy of soloists. Find out more here.

Weston's Cider Tours

Herefordshire and cider from the acres of orchards go together like apples and pears. Find out more about one of the city's best known companies and find out about traditional cider making.

Hay Festival

Described by Bill Clinton as 'Woodstock for the Mind' the Hay Festival celebrates 30 years in 2017, takes palce at the end of May/early June each year and is one of the leading Literary festivals in the UK. Find out more here.

Abergavenny Food Festival

The Festival was recently awarded 'Best Event in Wales' by the National Tourism Awards for Wales. Well worth a visit in September to discover the flavours and produce of this part of Wales. Find out more here.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

An annual celebration of the country's finest poets and poetry, this intimate and highly regarded festival takes place early July each year. Find out more here.

Ludlow Food Festival

With a festival in May and September, in the shadow of the Castle, this is possibly the best food festival in the country, and one of the original, this is not to be missed. Find out more here.

The Cider Museum

Explore the city's interesting cider museum, which was where the Bulmer family started, and discover the history of this famous local drink. Find out more here.

Tintern Abbey

This spectacular 12th century ruin, made famous by William Wordsworth, startles you in its beauty as you meander down the Wye Valley. The old Tintern Station is a great place to stop off and have afternoon tea in the old waiting room. Find out more here.

Symonds Yat

Discover this lovely area with woodland that straddles the River Wye.  There is a traditional rope ferry to cross from one side of the river to the other. You can walk the path to the top of Symonds Yat Rock and catch the most magnificent view of the river snaking its way through the farm land below and maybe some Peregrine Falcons that regularly nest in the rocks opposite. Find out more here.

Berrington Hall

This handsome house, designed by Henry Holland, is owned by the National Trust and features Capability Brown's last landscape project. There is always a busy programme of events at the house. Find out more here.

Bespoke Tours

Leave your car in the car park and have a chauffeur-driven tour of Hereford and the surrounding area. Sit back in the comfort of an executive car while an expert guide shows you the unmissable. 

Local travel expert Liz Hill's company Rural Concierge offers excellent site seeing itineraries, tours and talks around Hereford and beyond.  A mine of information, you can find Liz in the Butter Market where she runs the local Tourist Information Centre.

Please book your tour when booking your accommodation to avoid disappointment.