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Visit the Remarkable Towns of Herefordshire
Well-known for its spectacular setting amid unspoilt countryside, the rural county of Herefordshire is located on the English side of the English-Welsh border and comprises exhilarating towns, countless pretty villages, and a medley of meadows and woodlands. With all this on offer, it’s no wonder Herefordshire accommodation owners see guests return time and time again.
The cathedral city of Hereford is the largest of the Herefordshire towns. The other 5 market cities which create the county are Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Ledbury, Bromyard and Kington.
Historic Hereford is close to twenty miles from the Welsh border and sits on the River Wye. An historic settlement for 7th century Saxons, it has a plethora of interesting features which includes the wonderful Hereford Cathedral , the 17th century timber-framed Old House, museums, chained library, and the world-renowned Mappa Mundi – the largest, a lot intricate and intact thirteenth hundred years map in existence.
Ross-on Wye is midway between Hereford and Gloucester. Known as ‘The Gateway to the Wye Valley’, the area is an perfect base to explore the close by Forest of Dean, Symonds Yat, and Goodrich. The iconic St Mary’s Church with its 200-foot spire towers over the town. Nearby is ‘The Prospect’, a open public garden where it’s possible to get pleasure from magnificent views of the ‘horseshoe’ – the bend in the River Wye – as well as the Black Mountains in the distance. The town’s seventeenth century red sandstone Marketplace Hall, home to a Visitor Centre, shows the tale of the town and the surrounding Wye Valley.
Leominster is a historic former wool town known as ‘The Town in the Marches’. It is situated close to Offa’s Dyke and has a vast wide variety of shops, cafes and interesting properties similar to individuals with medieval overhangs in Drapers Lane and School Lane. Things to see in Leominster include the beautiful Priory Church, which was at one time a monastery, and the 17th century Grange Court, which was relocated from its first site at The Buttercross to its present place in 1856.
The medieval marketplace town of Ledbury has an abundance of half-timbered properties. Dominating the town, and positioned just near the entrance to the interesting Church Lane, is the striking early seventeenth century Market House. The thirteenth and 14th century church of St.Michael & All Angels can be reached via Church Lane and is stated to be the best parish church in Herefordshire using its substantial 200-foot detached spire and vast arcaded nave.
If you like teddy bears, you’ll love Bromyard simply because it has its very own Teddy Bear Museum. Located separating Hereford and Worcester the town has a Heritage Centre that commemorates the local tradition of hop growing, a pretty Norman church and a Wildlife Gallery. Some enticing black and white half-timbered properties dotted close to the town and the surrounding country side completes the picture.
Known as the ‘Border Town’, the small, once wool-trading, historic marketplace town of Kington is a well-known place as a base for walkers, being to the west of the well-trodden Offa’s Dyke. At the western end of the town is the 19th century clock tower, a tall edifice designed in honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. Kington’s museum is housed in old stables and the Norman church of St Mary’s stands proudly on the top of a defensive hill.
Hay-on-Wye is right on the border of Herefordshire and is well worth a visit for its world famous book shops and fabulous walks at Hay Bluff.
As one can see, there are a lot of great locations to visit in Herefordshire. Now all you have to do is choose from a wide choice of Herefordshire accommodation .
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