A fabulous county brimming with countryside and culture
To those who already know Herefordshire, its charms are obvious and its treasures well known, but to anyone visiting it for the first time, drawn by its glorious and largely unspoiled countryside and away-from-it-all location, days spent out and about will reveal how much more there is to do and see. One man who made the most of the Herefordshire landscape was Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. He was responsible for the design of the parkland in which the National Trust’s Berrington Hall sits, overlooking a 14-acre artificial lake laid out by Brown in 1780. Step further back in time with a visit to another of the National Trust’s Herefordshire properties – Brockhampton Estate which allows visitors to walk through seven centuries of its unique history. Another of the National Trust’s county treasures, Croft Castle, was home to the Croft family for almost 1,000 years, and the first Bernard de Croft of Croft Castle was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
In terms of dining, the abundance of great food grown in the county means a corresponding wealth of great places to eat, all serving local produce that’s both top quality and totally fresh, with very few food miles under its belt. Hereford’s restaurants come in all shapes and sizes, both chains and independents, and a variety of cuisines, including world-class, award-winning burgers, fine dining and food from around the globe. There’s little that the enthusiastic shopper won’t find in Herefordshire, a county that’s home not just to a thriving city with a distinctive mix of old and new, but also to a cluster of picturesque market towns offering all the intrigue and temptation presented by independent retailers.
Herefordshire is not the club capital of the West Midlands by any stretch of the imagination. But if you’re visiting for the glorious views and picture postcard pretty villages you expect, you may well be, if not surprised, delighted to find that, as dusk dawns, a visit to the countryside extends beyond traditional rural nightlife attractions – think bats, owls and the occasional deer – to some very contemporary partying.
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