Historical Herefordshire

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Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
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Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, housed in a spectacular Victorian gothic building, has been exhibiting artefacts and works of fine and decorative art connected with the local area since 1874. Although the exterior of the building has changed very little the museum and gallery have kept up with the times. The exhibitions begin in the foyer of the...
Rotherwas Chapel
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Rotherwas Chapel
 Rotherwas was the family chapel of the Roman Catholic Bodenham family. The originally simple medieval building has a fine Elizabethan timber roof, a rebuilt 18th century tower, and striking Victorian interior decoration and furnishings by the Pugins. Read more about the history of the chapel. The site is managed in association with The...
WIGMORE CASTLE
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WIGMORE CASTLE
Once the stronghold of the turbulent Mortimer family, Wigmore Castle was later dismantled to prevent its use during the Civil War. Now it is among the most remarkable ruins in England, largely buried up to first floor level by earth and fallen masonry. Yet many of its fortifications survive to full height, including parts of the keep on its...
Kinnersley Castle
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Kinnersley Castle
Kinnersley Castle was one of the many Marches castles sited by the Normans along the Welsh border. As seen today it is predominantly the remodelled Elizabethan manor house of the Vaughan family, which houses various fine oak panelled rooms and the original 1588 plasterwork ceiling of the Solar. For images of the Castle & grounds see the...
Arthur's Stone
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Arthur's Stone
Arthur's Stone is an atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber made of great stone slabs, set in the hills above Herefordshire's Golden Valley. Like many prehistoric monuments in western England and Wales, this tomb has been linked to King Arthur since before the 13th century. According to legend, it was here that Arthur slew a giant who left the...
Teddy Bears of Bromyard
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Teddy Bears of Bromyard
Upstairs is the shop with a Victorian frontage and some great toys for sale and downstairs is their delightful museum. There is both a dolls and a teddy bear hospital together with hundreds exhibits .
Time Machine Museum
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Time Machine Museum
Welcome to the finest collection of Television Science Fiction props and costumes in the GALAXY !! A visit to this permanent Museum really is a MUST for fans of Television Science Fiction with items from lots of different shows all under one roof, with ONE admission charge to see them all! Get up close to lots of actual screen used props and...
EDVIN LOACH OLD CHURCH
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EDVIN LOACH OLD CHURCH
The ruins of a church built within the earthworks of a Norman motte and bailey castle. BEFORE YOU GO Parking: Parking is available in the small area used by the parish church. Groups and Schools: The site is approached via a narrow lane which is unsuitable for coaches. Facilities: Edvin Loach is isolated with no nearby...
LEIGH COURT BARN
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LEIGH COURT BARN
Leigh Court Barn is an outstanding example of English medieval carpentry, and the largest cruck framed structure in Britain. Built for Pershore Abbey in about 1325, it is over 42 metres long with 18 cruck blades - each made from a single oak tree. BEFORE YOU GO Opening Times: the barn is open daily, 10am-6pm from April to October, and...
Goodrich Castle
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Goodrich Castle
Goodrich stands majestically on a wooded hill commanding the passage of the River Wye into the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat. The castle was begun in the late 11th century, by the English thegn Godric who gave it his name. A generation later the splendidly preserved square keep which still forms its core was added, probably in the time of...
Museum of Mazes
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Museum of Mazes
hedge maze, with a romantic temple at the centre and over a kilometre of hedge planted by Lindsay and Edward Heyes in 1977. Find your way then play! The maze is a great place to play tag with all the family. Not up to running around? Play by stealth! There’s a viewing platform for calling directions... but who do you trust? It’s...
Owl Centre
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Owl Centre
A magical place to experience animals, birds, and owls. Visit us once and you will come again, year after year. Enjoy a few hours of pure simple pleasure in an enchanting place where the rest of the world just doesn't seem to exist. Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre Kington, Herefordshire. We are now open EVERY DAY of the year, bar one -...

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Eastnor Castle
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Eastnor Castle
Eastnor Castle, in the dramatic setting of the Malvern Hills and surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake - is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. "I hope you will enjoy your visit to our website and get an impression of what Eastnor has to offer. Besides being a fascinating visitor attraction, the Castle fulfils...
St Mary's Church, Kempley
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St Mary's Church, Kempley
 This simple Norman church in Gloucestershire, remote from the village it once served, has the oldest timber roof of any building in England. Its greatest glory, however, comes from having some of the best preserved medieval wall paintings in Britain. Those in the chancel are particularly rare, dating from the early 12th century, and are the...
National Birds of Prey Centre - Newent
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National Birds of Prey Centre - Newent
The centre houses on of the most significant collections of Birds of Prey in the UK with over 60 species of Owls, Eagles and Hawks. The Centre has played a major part in the captive breeding of many species and continues to be involved in breeding and conservation of many important species, with new species laying eggs each year. The...
Ludlow Castle
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Ludlow Castle
Ludlow Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles, set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of this superb, bustling black & white market town. Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility - a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society.
Dean Heritage Centre
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Dean Heritage Centre
The Dean Heritage Centre has five galleries and a library to explore inside the Museum, numerous displays and attractions to discover outside and a cafe overlooking the mill pond   Adult: £4.90 Concession: £4.20 Child: £2.50 Family: £14.00 OPENING HOURS   The Heritage Centre is open throughout...
WITLEY COURT AND GARDENS
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WITLEY COURT AND GARDENS
Explore the dramatic ruins of Witley Court and travel back to a world of lavish house parties. Learn the stories behind the people who once lived and partied here, from servants to royal visitors. Discover elaborate parterre gardens and monumental fountains then find your way through enchanting woodland to the unique adventure play area. Witley...
Abergavenny Museum & Castle
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Abergavenny Museum & Castle
Abergavenny Museum is housed in a Regency hunting lodge set within the ruins of a Norman castle. As the seat of the medieval lords of Abergavenny, the castle was the focus for over three centuries of border warfare. In 1175 it was the scene of the infamous massacre of the Welsh chieftains by the Norman Lord, William de Braose. The museum houses...
The Commandery - Sidbury
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The Commandery - Sidbury
A glorious Grade 1 listed site dating back to the 12th century, The Commandery has had a long and varied history that is reflected in its range of architectural styles from medieval to Victorian. The Commandery has exciting stories to tell you about power, greed, war, wealth, romance, death, society and industry. Step back in time to catch a...
Worcester City Museum
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Worcester City Museum
Welcome to the City Art Gallery & Museum, Worcester's principal art gallery and museum hosts a unique programme of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as housing a historic picture collection and an intriguing selection of objects ranging from a 19th century chemist's shop to the wonderful Worcester sauce machine.
Over Bridge
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Over Bridge
A single-arch stone bridge spanning the River Severn, built in 1825-30 by the great engineer Thomas Telford. Read more about the history of the bridge. Before You Go Parking: Free street parking is available in Horseshoe Drive. How to Find It: There is a pedestrian underpass under the A40 that leads to the bridge. Access: Wheelchair access is...
Stokesay Castle
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Stokesay Castle
Stokesay Castle is the finest and best preserved 13th century fortified manor house in England. It offers visitors a unique glimpse into a distant age, when strength and elegance were combined. Set amid peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, Stokesay Castle forms an outstandingly picturesque group with its timber-framed gatehouse and the...
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
The perfect place to begin your exploration, or rediscovery, of the Shropshire Hills - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will tell you some of the stories of this varied landscape, its people, its places, and its history and heritage. A visit to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will inspire you to explore the area and give you...
Clun Castle
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Clun Castle
The dramatic riverside ruins and extensive earthworks of this Welsh border castle sit high on a rocky mound on the edge of the small, picturesque town of the same name. Unusually, the castle's tall 13th century keep is set on the side of its mound. Founded shortly after the Norman Conquest, the castle and nearby settlement prospered until the...
Nature in Art Museum - Gloucester
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Nature in Art Museum - Gloucester
Welcome to Nature in Art, the world’s first museum and art gallery dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature.   Tuesday - Sunday  10am - 5pm And Bank Holiday Mondays   Closed December 24th - 26th and Mondays Adults Concessions* Under 8s   Family   ...
Big Pit National Mining Museum
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Big Pit National Mining Museum
Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and Historic colliery buildings open to the public...
ODDA'S CHAPEL
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ODDA'S CHAPEL
One of the most complete surviving Saxon churches in England, this chapel was built in 1056 by Earl Odda, a relation of Edward the Confessor. It was incorporated into a farmhouse in the 17th century, with a kitchen in the nave and a bedroom in the chancel, and rediscovered in 1865. Nearby is the equally famous Saxon parish church. BEFORE YOU...
Gloucester Waterways Museum
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Gloucester Waterways Museum
A hands-on learning experience that is full of fun for schools and families. Housed in a stunning Grade II listed warehouse on the side of the UK's most complete Victorian dock, we offer a time-travel opportunity to visit Victorian Gloucester. See how and why the canals were built and test your own skills with our indoor working lock system. ...
Greyfriars
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Greyfriars
Substantial remains of an early Tudor friary church of Franciscan 'grey friars'. Read more about the history of Greyfriars. Before You Go Parking: Paid parking is available in Gloucester City Centre. Facilities: Gloucester has a wealth of facilities, shops and food outlets which are all within walking distance. Plan a Great Day Out ...
Blackfriars
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Blackfriars
Blackfriars is one of the most complete surviving friaries of Dominican 'black friars' in England, later converted into a Tudor house and cloth factory. Notable features include the church and the fine scissor-braced dormitory roof. The site is managed by Gloucester City Council. Please check their website for their events programme. Read more...
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
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Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Unique Collections An impressive range of Roman artefacts including the Rufus Sita tombstone; the amazing Iron Age Birdlip Mirror; one of the earliest backgammon sets in the world; dinosaur fossils; and paintings by famous artists such as Turner and Gainsborough. Something for everyone Full sized dinosaurs; wildlife from the City and...
Bewdley Museum
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Bewdley Museum
Set in a historic Butchers Shambles, fascinating displays give an insight into the trades and crafts of the Wyre Forest area. With hands-on activities and regular craft demonstrations there's plenty to see and do for the whole family, including the brass foundry, jails, resident crafts people, air raid shelter tours, varied exhibitions...
St Briavels Castle
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St Briavels Castle
Opening Times 30 April 2017 - 24 March 2018 Exterior: any reasonable daylight hours. Bailey: 25 March - 31 October daily, 11am - 4pm. No access to the interior as the castle is an operating Youth Hostel.
Hartlebury Castle and Museum
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Hartlebury Castle and Museum
Hartlebury Castle and Museum The County Museum at Hartlebury, housed in the former home of the Bishops of Worcester, is a fascinating place to explore. In the museum galleries you can discover social history, toys through time, travel and transport and the intriguing story of Worcestershire's past. Visitors can also see room sets such as the...
Great Witcombe Roman Villa - Great Witcombe
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Great Witcombe Roman Villa - Great Witcombe
The remains of a large and luxurious villa built around AD 250, with a bathhouse complex and possibly the shrine of a water spirit.  Prices Member (Join now)     Free Adult     Free Child     Free Concession     Free Opening Times 10 October 2014 - 29 March 2015 Exterior:...
Berkeley Castle
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Berkeley Castle
The most remarkable thing of all about the Castle is the long survival together - spanning nine centuries - of the building itself, the Berkeley family, the archives (which go back to 1117), the contents, the estate and the town.   Its place in history is significant, not just because it is still intact, but because the Berkeley family...
Edward Jenner Museum - Berkeley
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Edward Jenner Museum - Berkeley
The museum celebrates the life and work of Dr Edward Jenner, whose discovery of vaccination has saved more lives than the work of any other man. Housed in the beautiful Queen Anne house where Jenner lived, worked and died, the museum details Jenner's many other interests in the natural world and has interactive displays in the Immunology section.
Dr Jenners House
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Dr Jenners House
Dr Jenners House is a really interesting place to visit, especially if you are a fan of science or history. Smallpox, which Jenner called the Speckled Monster, killed 10% of the population, rising to 20% in cities, where it spread more easily. It accounted for a third of child deaths! Discover how the World Heath Organisation managed to conquer...
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
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Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
In 1967 Avoncroft Museum was opened to the public following the rescue and reconstruction of a Medieval Merchant’s House from Bromsgrove. Avoncroft’s priority is to retain historic buildings in their original location. Over five decades, Avoncroft Museum has continued to rescue structures where this had not been achievable. The...
Uley Long Barrow (Hetty Pegler's Tump)
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Uley Long Barrow (Hetty Pegler's Tump)
Uley Long Barrow is a partially reconstructed Neolithic chambered mound. It is 37 metres long and overlooks the Severn Valley. It's known locally as Hetty Pegler's Tump, after Hester Pegler who owned the land in the 17th century. The barrow as seen today is largely the result of the excavation and reconstruction undertaken by Dr John Thurnham in...
MITCHELL'S FOLD STONE CIRCLE
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MITCHELL'S FOLD STONE CIRCLE
The focus of many local legends, Mitchell's Fold is a Bronze Age stone circle set in dramatic moorland on Stapeley Hill. It once consisted of some 30 stones, 15 of which are still visible. BEFORE YOU GO Parking: A parking area is available at the end of the track. Cars are not permitted beyond the cattle grid onto the moorland. How to Find...
Sudeley Castle Gardens & Exhibitions - Cheltenham
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Sudeley Castle Gardens & Exhibitions - Cheltenham
The history of Sudeley Castle and its award-winning gardens spans over a thousand years and contains many varied tales of royal associations, wars and periods of neglect and subsequent restoration. The Castle has changed hands over a dozen times during its history and today it is the private home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, Henry and Mollie...

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HAILES ABBEY
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HAILES ABBEY
Built in the 13th century by the Earl of Cornwall, the beautiful ruins of Hailes Abbey are set amid delightful Cotswold countryside. Once the centre of monastic life, the abbey is now the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic in a unique historic setting. Don't Miss The Museum, housing sculptures, stonework and other site-finds Audio...
BELAS KNAP LONG BARROW
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BELAS KNAP LONG BARROW
Belas Knap is a particularly fine example of a Neolithic long barrow, with a false entrance and side chambers. Excavated in 1863 and 1865, the remains of 31 people were found in the chambers. The barrow has since been restored. Managed by Gloucestershire County Council. BEFORE YOU GO Access: The barrow is located just over half a mile...
Caldicot Castle and Country Park
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Caldicot Castle and Country Park
Visit Caldicot Castle in its beautiful setting of tranquil gardens and a wooded country park. Founded by the Normans, developed in royal hands as a stronghold in the Middle Ages and restored as a Victorian family home, the castle has a romantic and colourful history. Find out about its past with an audio tour, explore the medieval towers and take...
Please find all historical sites that we list below and any other heritage places to visit such as castles and Stately homes, ancient abbeys and cathedrals in the Herefordshire area, if your looking  for a great day out at lush tree and flowered gardens and take in the sights of wonderful buildings and castles. These historic buildings also are steeped in rich history and visits to these buildings are extremely educational and informative. If you cannot find what historical place you like by county level here, please use the search box for more detailed searches choosing 'historical'.