Why a trip to glorious Herefordshire should be top of your list

Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire

From rolling countryside to bustling market towns, Herefordshire has it all for groups

Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, the county’s leading destination marketing organisation, have curated a range of group itinerary ideas and handy downloadable guides, providing the perfect inspiration for groups planning their next UK trip.

Herefordshire has it all, from spectacular countryside, fragrant orchards and glorious gardens to bustling market towns, historic castles and an enviable food and drink scene – it’s no wonder the county is a popular choice for groups to visit.

Get a taste for Herefordshire and experience some of the region’s finest drinks producers with the ‘Sip Drink Tour’ trail. From famous artisan ciders to delicious fruit liqueurs and award-winning vodkas and gins, visitors can discover how Herefordshire producers take simple ingredients and turn them into expertly crafted products. Explore vineyards, orchards and distilleries via guided tours and tasting sessions, or even try your hand at making your own product.

The beautiful ‘Black & White’ trail is the perfect way to experience the charm and history of Herefordshire’s most picturesque villages, hamlets and market towns. Drive, walk or cycle the unique 40-mile round route of beautiful timber framed black and white communities and take in the fairytale buildings, superb tearooms, pubs, restaurants, galleries and scenic views.

Try your hand at a new skill or explore your creativity with a huge variety of activities on offer across the county, from pottery making, creative writing and bread making, to outdoor pursuits, Viking Games, a falconry session or rural crafts. Discover more ideas for ‘Active & Creative Breaks’ on the Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire website.

Herefordshire is home to breath-taking castles, country estates and manor houses, all set against a stunning backdrop of glorious gardens and rolling countryside views. Explore Eastnor Castle and its magnificent grounds or Hampton Court Castle and its sunken water gardens and maze. Wander around Westonbury Mill Water Gardens, home to the largest water-powered cuckoo clock in England, or the terraces of Brobury House Gardens, which are open 12 months a year. Discover Hallwood at Hellens Manor, recorded in the Doomsday Book and now a Site of Scientific Importance (SSSI), or the six acres of tranquil gardens that surround the magnificent Hereford Cathedral with views across the River Wye.

Sitting centrally in the county, the beautiful Saxon City of Hereford is packed full of culture, cuisine and curiosity. One of the best ways to discover the city’s past and present is via a fascinating walking tour, led by local experts from the Guild of Guides. A visit to Hereford wouldn’t be complete without an experience at the magnificent Caathedral. Home to the Mappa Mundi; one of the oldest surviving maps of the world, and The Chained Library, a unique chained security system from the 17th century, featuring over 1,200 early printed books and 229 illuminated manuscripts. If your group is looking for overnight stays, the newly refurbished Green Dragon Hotel has transformed into an excellent group destination for all seasons.

Heidi Chamberlain-Jones, founder of Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, commented: “Herefordshire is the ultimate group tour destination, boasting the perfect mix of town and country, delicious artisan food and drink, jaw-dropping landscapes, heritage hot spots and award-winning accommodation. Herefordshire is the perfect place to escape the everyday in 2022.”

To find out more about group itineraries and inspiration, see www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk/group-travel/