Herefordshire Visitors Guide
Golf breaks and more - explore the beautiful county of Herefordshire
"The last unspoilt county in England"
Hereford is located towards the centre of Herefordshire, the county itself is located just south of the West Midlands, between Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in the north, west and south, and the Brecon Beacons of Wales and Gwent and Powys and to the west.
Hereford, famously the home of the SAS and renowned for cider making, is a Cathedral city with a medieval bridge over the River Wye. Originally founded in Saxon times, the city retains a mix of buildings from almost every British era.
Herefordshire's stunning natural scenery and relaxed pace of life make the county a popular tourist destination for UK and overseas visitors.
Belmont Lodge Hotel is located just a couple of miles to the West of Hereford and makes the ideal base for exploring both the city and the county.
Herefordshire is aptly named “the last unspoilt county in England”, and mainly consists of unspoiled countryside with a wealth of varied landscapes. Throughout the countryside, you’ll find numerous small market towns, villages, and hamlets – nothing too large that would spoil the beauty of the region.
Nature lovers will be in their glory with the fields, meadows, woodlands, streams, rivers, bridleways, and various footpaths to explore. Driving through the countryside, you’ll find much farmland – the farming specialities are fruit, hops, cider, grain, cattle (home of the world famous Hereford cattle) and sheep.
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Golfing in Herefordshire
There are some nine golf clubs scattered throughout the county including of course our own Belmont Golf Course. For more information about golf and golf breaks in Herefordshire please see our separate Herefordshire golf guide.
There are things to do and places to see for both the golfers and non-golfers. Because there is a lot to do, even if you are left alone during the day while your partner is golfing, you won’t find yourself lacking in something to do.
Depending on the season and time of year you are visiting, you may be able to enjoy fresh apples, pears, strawberries, and other fruit. There is always a fresh supply of beef, pork and lamb. Plus the area is known for its ciders, beer, perries, cheese, and vineyards.
Things to Do
While holidaying in Herefordshire, you can take in a tour of farm shops and farmers’ markets, the various festivals held at different times of the year – including the internationally renowned Hay Festival, the Big Apple Weekend, and the Herefordshire Food Festival. There are also a few beer and cider festivals.
Aside from the festivals, there are cider trails, walking trails, cycle routes, gardens and much more. Why not take some time out from your golf excursions and enjoy some of the beauty and history of Herefordshire.
Particular visitor attractions in Hereford include the 7th Century Cathedral, Hereford Racecourse, Sufton Court, the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition, Cider Museum and King Offa Distillery.
For more information on Hereford & Herefordshire you might like to visit the following websites :
- The official tourism website for Herefordshire & the Wye Valley www.visitherefordshire.co.uk
- Herefordshire Churches www.visitherefordshirechurches.co.uk
- Herefordshire Events & Attractions
- The Hay Festival
- Herefordshire Trail www.herefordshiretrail.com
- Herefordshire Cider Route www.ciderroute.co.uk
- Hereford Cathedral, Mappa Mundi & Chained Library www.herefordcathedral.org
- Art and Art events around Herefordshire www.h-art.org.uk
- Hereford Cider Museum
- Hereford Racecourse
Guides to surrounding areas coming soon!