At ixploring.com, we aim to give inspiration and guidance for day trips, vacations and all things travel, here we are exploring our top 5 picks for day trips in Herefordshire and as foreign travel in the UK is getting more and more difficult in the current climate, staycations and day trips are becoming more and more popular. First on our list we have;
First on the list and at number 5 is Bromyard. This small market town on the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire has plenty to see and do for all ages, from checking out the old, charming buildings in the town, trying the local food and drink and checking out the local museums and Estates. So lets see what there is to do;
- Take a walk around the town – From the charming old buildings on the main street, some of which you can stop and grab food and drink inside to checking out the church and walking by the river and through the woods on the edge of town, here you can find picnic areas and built in BBQ spots so bring some food!
- Visit the National Trust – Brockhampton Estate – For lovers of country estates or National Trust properties, this is a must visit. This old farmed estate has some great buildings and gardens that can be explored, bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it.
- Visit Ralph Court Gardens – For garden lovers or for something different to do, explore the different continents of the world and have lunch in the on site restaurant.
- Be a tourist at the Science Fiction Time Machine Museum – For science fiction lovers or looking for somewhere fun for the whole family, this museum at the start of the main street through Bromyard could be for you!
- Take a tour around wye valley brewery – This is aimed less at families and more at you beer lovers, take a tour and try local ales, even take some home away at the end. This makes for a great alternative afternoon.
With these and so much more to do, you can see why Bromyard made the top 5 places to visit!
4. Symonds Yat
On the Welsh, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire borders is Symonds Yat, a popular tourist destination on the river Wye and great for views, canoeing, hiking and camping. So not only is this place great for a day out, it is also popular for overnight stays. Spend the days hiking through the miles of woods around the river Wye, hiring a canoe and going down the river and enjoying coffee and views from Symonds Yat Rock. If you haven’t been, go! Things to do here include;
- Explore Symonds Yat Rock – Grab a coffee and enjoy the views over the valley (As seen from the feature photo of this article taken by us).
- Go Hiking – From Symonds Yat Rock, go exploring through the woods that expand for miles (you can walk into the town from here if you don’t mind that walk), here you will find wildlife and great trails that makes for a great family activity.
- Hire a canoe and take to the river Wye – Exactly as it says in the title! Have a great afternoon with friends/loved ones on the river from the town and explore the local areas.. also, why not take a picnic in a waterproof bag and dock up somewhere.
- Check out the campsites – Turn the day trip into a weekend away camping with some great campsites available at a great cost.
- Visit Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo – Just outside of Symonds Yat and great for family visits, as long as you don’t mind getting up close and personal with the butterflies!
With fantastic views and a great place to spend the day, this place definitely deserves a spot on our list.
We are heading into the top three now and next up is Ross-on-Wye. With its central location, architecture, riverside walks and famous for its World War memorials, this market town is definitely worth a visit! Especially as it is the ‘birthplace of British tourism’. Lets look at some of the best things to do while you are here;
- Take a walk by the river Wye – with paths that follow the river and great scenic views, walking the Wye can be a great way to spend a few hours, plus in the summer when the water level drops, pebble ‘beaches’ form on the side of the river which creates somewhere you can relax by the water, or take a dip if you need to cool off!
- Go for a picnic – With an array of green spaces from near the church, at the park or by the river (just to name a few), pack some food and drink and enjoy the summer sun in this picturesque town with a picnic and your fellow explorers!
- Browse independent stores – Ross-on-Wye is famous for its independent shops so as you can imagine, there are an array of them that sell anything you can imagine! Spend some time while you are here supporting those local businesses and making some great purchases.
- Visit the memorial gardens – Full of history, wildlife, flowers and statues, these gardens in Ross-on-Wye are well worth a visit while you are here. You can even take a tour of the memorials which could be fascinating if this is something you enjoy.
- Drive out to Goodrich Castle – While here, you can take a short drive out and visit the ruins of Goodrich castle, a Norman Medieval castle in the village of Goodrich.
As well as the abundance of tourist attractions, Ross-on-Wye has some great restaurants so after a day of tourism, why not stay for a bite to eat?
The capital of Herefordshire and a city that is definitely worthy of a place on our list. Hereford has all the qualities of a great city, from events and theatre shows to bars and restaurants and just a few minutes walk way, over the other side of the river, you will find masses of green spaces and pebble beaches on the river banks where you can kick back and relax. This city, famous for its cattle and the home of Bulmer’s cider also boasts some great museums, traditional markets, breweries and great architecture. Here’s some of what Hereford has to offer;
- Relax at Bishops Meadow – Situated on the side of the river, this place has plenty of green spaces, parks, sports facilities and pebble beaches by the river where you can kick back and enjoy the weather.
- The Cider Museum – Like cider? Like history? then its a great place to visit!
- Visit the Cathedral – Take a look around the cathedral, both inside and out which quite often hosts exhibitions or has something going on.
- Hire bikes and tour the city – You will see green bikes to hire dotted around the city, take a ride and see the city at a leisurely pace.
- Catch a show at the Courtyard theatre – this RSC theatre regularly has great shows on, so while you are in town, make an evening of it… catch a show and grab a bite to eat.
As you can imagine, there are more museums and much more to do, so we only picked a favourite few, we definitely recommend Hereford as a must visit!
On the border of England and Wales (technically Wales), is Hay-on-Wye, ‘the town of books’. Famous for its array of independent book shops and the Hay Festival, this place has everything. Tourists can browse this market town and look through the many bookshops in which a few have a cinema attached, walk down by the river and go for a dip on a good day and explore what hay has to offer including Hay Castle (At the time of writing, this is still under construction so can only be admired from afar). Here’s a few of our picks for a great day out in Hay;
- Browse the Bookshops – As this is what Hay-on-Wye is famous for and the are at least 20 independent book stores, all of the unique, we definitely recommend taking a look.
- Relax at the Warren – Head through the nature trails to the Warren, a park on the river bank which is great for relaxing and having a swim on a hot day!
- Hire a Canoe – Hire a canoe and take to the Wye.
- Visit the Globe – A place where you can watch live shows, poetry readings, live acts and much more. Here also has a cafe/bar so grab some food and drink and prepare for a great evening.
- Thursday’s Market – Hay has a great market on a Thursday with many stools selling, you guessed it! Books! And many other things too of course.
As well as all this, Hay-on-Wye has some fantastic pubs and restaurants so give at least one a try. Plus, if you are here for the weekend and like water sports you can go white water rafting and kayaking just down the road. With its location and what it has to offer, Hay definitely deserves top spot in our list.
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