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Things to do in Herefordshire

Amazing, fun things to do in Herefordshire, days out in and around Herefordshire to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Herefordshire.

Hampton Court Castle not Palace!

Did you know there is a Hampton Court Castle as well as a Hampton Court Palace! Everyone has heard of Hampton Court Palace, but not many people know about Hampton Court Castle! Hidden in the depth of North Herefordshire is this gem of a place. It is around 100 years older than the London one. We went there recently for a great day out.

River Walk

First off, we had a coffee sitting outside the Orangery Cafe. The setting is fabulous on a sunny day and from our seats we could see cows grazing in the field just beyond the lawns in front of the Castle.

We then took a walk alongside the river Lugg. It was the best kind of walk as it was flat and along a wide mown path. The whole loop is about 6,000 steps according to the fitbit David wears, so we felt it was long enough to earn us a decent lunch!

On the way back to the Castle we stopped at the zip wire and swings hidden in the woods. The kids on the swings seemed to be having a good time, but not as much fun as the Dad enjoying the zip wire!

Hampton Court Castle not Palace!
Hampton Court Castle not Palace - Maze and Sunken Garden - great for kids

Maze and Sunken Garden - great for kids

After a delicious lunch of local cheeses and salads, we went to the sunken garden. You walk around the pool to get to the waterfall. You can walk behind the waterfall and through a secret underground tunnel to the centre of the maze! Which we did!

In the middle of the maze is a tower which we climbed. We were rewarded with a brilliant view of the gardens from the top. Gazing out over the maze we tried to work out how we would get out.

Took us a while but we found the way out in the end (ok we admit it, we had to follow someone else!).

Gardeners' Gardens

Hampton Court prides itself on its vegetable gardens, herbaceous borders and Dutch Gardens. We really enjoyed the displays of flowers in the borders. Mostly blues and whites the impact of them is stunning. We were too late for the tulips in the Dutch Garden, but the vegetables were coming up beautifully.

There is a display of sculptures dotted around too which were intriguing. The Wisteria Arch was fantastic. It probably doesn’t matter when you go, there will always be something that is at its peak.

After all that admiring, it was time for a cuppa and a slice of cake. Well it would have been rude not to! Wandering back to the Orangery Cafe we passed families picnicking on the grass and enjoying ice creams. It really was just the perfect day for it.

Hampton Court Castle not Palace - Gardeners' Gardens

We spent practically all day there, but you could easily combine a visit with a Treasure Trail. The nearest ones to Hampton Court Castle are the two in Leominster - a spy mission and a murder mystery.

24th July 2018

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Water Gardens of North Herefordshire

Sometimes on a hot day nothing will do but a trip around the water gardens of North Herefordshire! Last summer we enjoyed three gardens all with lots of water along with cups of tea and plenty of cake.

Ralph Court Gardens

Ralph Court Gardens is the most expensive option and the one that captured our interest for the longest. At £25 for a family or £8 per adult it won’t break the bank though. The gardens are fun, funny and fascinating and there is lots of water everywhere.

One of us got a bit too close to the green man and got a soaking! We didn’t stop for the full Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea, but we did manage a scone with jam and cream. The views from the gardens are a fabulous bonus too!

The nearest Trail is at Bromyard, which is less than 3 miles away.

Water Gardens of North Herefordshire - Ralph Court Gardens
Water Gardens of North Herefordshire - Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

The beauty of Westonbury Mill Water Gardens is you can dawdle for hours amongst the different parts of the garden. We sat for over 20 minutes on one bench waiting for the cuckoo clock to do its thing. To be fair, we did get there with 20 minutes to spare before the clock struck 4. It was well worth the wait!

The water mill itself is fascinating to watch too. The cafe serves fabulous cakes and we sat outside in the sunshine enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of Victoria sponge each. Entrance is just £6 per adult and we were there for an entire afternoon - great value.

The closest Trail is at Kington, which is just 5 miles further west.

Kenchester Water Gardens

The best bit about Kenchester Water Gardens are they are free to wander around. They are attached to a shop which sells everything you can possible want to do with ponds and fish tanks. The shop is almost as interesting as the gardens themselves.

The friends we were with bought a beautiful stork to put next to their pond. Then it was time for a cup of tea and home made biscuit. After which we browsed the plant sales before heading home.

With options of three Hereford Trails, just three miles away, you will be spoilt for choice!

Water Gardens of North Herefordshire - Kenchester Water Gardens

18th June 2018

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