Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
Conceived by Thomas Acton more than a generation ago to keep alive the 19th century farming practices he grew up with, the farm was the first of its kind and has been much copied since. Tom’s foresight has helped to preserve many traditions that might otherwise have been lost to modern day farming techniques.
Hereford Race Course
Racing is for everyone. We guarantee a day at the races with us will get your hearts pounding and leave you wanting to come back for more! 2011 promises to be an exciting year at Hereford with popular annual fixtures Ladies Day on Sunday 19 June and Beer & Cider Night on Wednesday 17 August. We also have some new calendar highlights such as Family Fun Day on Wednesday 31 August and Winter Wonderland Race Day on Sunday 11 December.
Ludlow Race Course
Britain’s friendliest Race Course
Ludlow Food Festival
Held from 9 to 11 September 2011 is the best-known annual festival of its kind in Britain, with events to suit everyone from gourmets to sausage and beer
Herefordshire Cider Route
For 350 years cider production in Herefordshire has been on a rollercoaster, periodically rising to become an industry of great reputation. Throughout this time Herefordshire has been the major player in cidermaking in Britain and Herefordshire people have led the way. There is no better place to find out about cider.
The Judges Lodging
Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge’s Lodging and discover the world of a most unusual household. Explore the ‘upstairs, downstairs’ life of the Victorian Judges, their servants and felonious guests.
The Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre Kington
We are now open EVERY DAY of the year including Christmas Day! Our standard opening hours are 10:30am – 5:30pm ; Opening hours during the Winter Months are 10:30am – 4:00pm.
We look forward to seeing you. A magical place to experience animals, birds, and owls. Visit us once and you will come again, year after year.
The Cathedral Church of St Mary the virgin and St Ethelbert the king and home of Mappa Mundi
Hergest Croft Gardens
Hergest Croft Gardens lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood, all to discover. With a Gift Shop and Tearooms the Gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax.
The Red Kite Feeding & Rehabilitation Centre
Mid Wales has the greatest density and diversity of birds of prey in southern Britain… Mid Wales was home to the last remaining Native Red Kites. Now, due to the hard work of the Conservation bodies here in Wales, Red Kites are once again in the ascendance.
The Spaceguard Centre & Observatory
The Spaceguard Centre is the only organisation in the UK addressing the hazard of Near Earth Objects.
NEOs are asteroids and comets that come close to, and sometimes collide with the Earth. Such impacts can have devastating effects – they have in the past and will in the future unless we use available technologies to prevent them.
Ludlow Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles, set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of this superb, bustling black and 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.
For further reading: Ludlow Castle Web Site
Wigmore Castle lies in a northern corner of Herefordshire, together with the ancient village bearing the same name. Its topographical prospect is one of straddling the south-eastern edge of a spur, with marshland to its diagonal north and having a backdrop of thick forest. By toady, this marsh, together with its accompanying lake, lies well-drained, the result of the need of later generations of owners and tenants to extend land suitable for cultivation. In the castle’s hey-day, however, this wetland provided the castle’s inhabitants with ample supplies of fish and game, as did the forest on the remote side of the spur.
Croft Castle is a late 17th century stone quadrangular manor house, built close to the site of the old medieval castle. At each corner of the high curtain wall, is a small castellated round tower, with a small square tower flanking the north side. The castle was restored after Civil War slighting and the east range was given a Gothic reconstruction in the 18th century. In 1461, the medieval castle, Sir Richard Croft and Wigmore Castle, five miles north-west, played a part in the nearby battle of Mortimer’s Cross.
note: good walking in open medows and woodlands here
Oaker Wood Leisure
Situated on the Herefordshire/Shropshire and Worcestershire border, our world of adventurous outdoor activities is set in 175 acres of mature woodland, complete with two scenic lakes. Each activity is based in its own exclusive area ensuring you can experience the great outdoors away from the crowds.
Walking in Shropshire
Shropshire has over 3,500 miles of rights of way. A quarter of the county is designated as the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so our long distance routes run through some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes you will find anywhere in Britain. A land with wild borderland hills traversed by Offa’s Dyke to the rolling fields and deep gorges through which the Severn Way passes on its way to Bristol. But it’s not all long distance walks, we have some of the best circular walks in the Country.