History, Hikes and Hidden Gems - 72 Hours in Herefordshire
Home to history, hikes and hidden gems, Herefordshire is a fantastic county to explore.
Staying at our award-winning Poston Mill Touring Park? We have put together a 72-hour itinerary to help you plan your next visit to Herefordshire.
DAY ONE: Strike Gold in the Golden Valley
Start your morning by heading out to Snodhill Castle, the ruins of one of the oldest castles in Britain.
Neglected for over 350 years, restoration work is underway to discover the secrets of "Britain's newest, oldest castle". Built in the Norman period, the castle is now being extensively and carefully restored so that we can learn the history of this fascinating building.
Set atop a mound, be sure to take a moment to pause and survey the beautiful Golden Valley setting, before continuing your adventure.
Next, travel 3 miles to the North and you will find Arthur's Stone, a mystical English Heritage site.
Marvel at the magnificent stone slabs that make up the Neolithic burial chamber and discover their links to the legend of King Arthur slaying a giant on that very spot.
For the final attraction of the day, head 2.5 miles Northeast and there you will discover Brobury House and Gardens.
Beautifully renovated whilst maintaining the original Victorian charm, these gardens are the perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring.
Situated across eight acres along the banks of the River Wye, there are three water features to see, as well as colourful blooms and impressive trees.
End the day with a cosy meal back at Poston Mill Touring Park. Visit The Mill pub/ restaurant and unwind with a hearty home-cooked meal in a cosy atmosphere. With only a short walk to your touring pitch, why not treat yourself to a local ale or sweet dessert?
DAY TWO: Discover History and Cider in Hereford
There is plenty just waiting to be discovered in the city of Hereford, the heart of the county.
Start your morning by visiting Hereford Cathedral, arguably the most iconic building in the city that has stood proud for over 1300 years, and immerse yourself in the fascinating historical displays.
Marvel at the Mappa Mundi, the largest known map to survive from the Middle Ages, and spot the 500 drawings of the natural world dotted amongst the continents.
At Hereford Cathedral you can also visit the Chained Library. Dating from the 17th century, when books were expensive and chained to deter stealing, the Chained Library at the Cathedral is the largest one to still exist with all chains and locks intact.
The final stop you should make on your visit to Hereford Cathedral is to take a look at the Magna Carta, a fascinating and important historical documents that is considered the foundation of today's common law.
Following the Cathedral, head up towards St Peter's Street and pay a visit to the Black and White House Museum.
Built in 1621, the house is a beautiful example of a Jacobean timber-framed house, where modern-day guests can catch a glimpse into life in 17th-century Hereford through the beautiful English oak furniture, tapestries and wall paintings.
After completing your tour of a Jacobean home, it is time to learn about one of Hereford's finest exports - cider!
Easily accessible from the city centre and located within the former Bulmer's cider factory, Hereford's Museum of Cider offers visitors a glimpse into the history of cider through the collection of presses, bottles, advertising memorabilia, photographs and more. Learn about how cider has been produced throughout the ages, right to the methods of the present day.
Don't forget to pick up a souvenir of craft cider in the gift shop to take home with you.
There are plenty of eateries in Hereford to grab a meal before heading back to your caravan. From the Hereford Bar & Brasserie, Cotto or The Bookshop, a variety of different cuisines are available to suit all tastebuds.
DAY THREE: Write Your Own Adventure in Hay-on-Wye
For the final day in our Herefordshire itinerary, we recommend starting the day bright and early and heading to Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre.
Perfect for all animal lovers, the farm has a fantastic variety of animals that you will be able to get up close and personal with. From larger animals such as sheep, pygmy goats and donkeys to small animals such as canaries, rabbits and guinea pigs, there are plenty of furry and feathered friends to meet!
Pay a visit to the Owl Garden and marvel at the British owl breeds, as well as over 30 species from around the world. In spring and summer, the Owlet Room has adorable baby owls ready to greet visitors!
Once you have met all the animals, head Southwest to the famous town of Hay-on-Wye, otherwise known as the National Book Town of Wales.
Parking is available in the Oxford Road car park, and there is also plenty of space for motorhomes if you are on your way home.
Home to over twenty bookshops, from rare, antique tomes to brightly illustrated children's books, Hay-on-Wye features specialist shops for all areas of fiction and non-fiction including The Poetry Bookshop, a dedicated poetry store, and Murder and Mayhem, a shop specialising in detective fiction, crime, and horror.
Grab a spot of lunch at The Cosy Cafe whilst you unwind and make a start reading your latest book purchase. Whether you fancy a hearty sandwich or a sweet crepe, there are plenty of tasty treats available.
To finish up your afternoon, pay a visit to Hay Castle. With tours available to book, you can learn all about the history of the castle and explore the carefully renovated building and grounds.
For your next trip to Herefordshire, why not stay at our award-winning Poston Mill Touring Park? Less than 15 miles away from all the places listed above, the park is a fantastic base for exploring the beauty, history and wonder of Herefordshire.More Stories