One of my favourite things about the UK, is that there are still so many places that I haven’t explored. Hereford is only an hours train ride from Birmingham, making it so easy to get there, but as the weekends have the tendency to fly by, I did my research to see as much of city as possible (especially as the weather was predicting floods but we’ll get onto that!). Here’s my list to make the most of Hereford in 48 hours.
HEREFORD CIDER MUSEUM
The weather was a bit miserable when we arrived into the town (Expected for a UK break really) so this was the first stop. It’s about a 15-20 min walk from the train station so we were already getting the steps in. The museum is really reasonably priced, around £3 for a student ticket, and there’s plenty of information to learn about Hereford’s speciality, all of which you can see in the cider sellers. The admission priced includes samples of cider at the end, all of which you can buy in the shop. We picked up one of the Fair Oak ciders which is sparkling and it was definitely my favourite out of the samples!
Hereford is definitely a place for walking and why not, the river is beautiful. Unfortunately, the lovely UK weather, meant that the majority of the river paths were flooded and my converse trainers weren’t quite made for swimming.
BROWSE THE INDEPENDENT SHOPS
It is a MUST to explore the streets, there are so many cute shops in Hereford. It equals optimum browsing time when there’s so much to catch your eye.
I’m really starting to appreciate the beautiful architecture of a Cathedral and after we visited so many through our interailing trip – a Cathedral checklist might be on the cards! Hereford has the Thomas Traherne stained glass windows, which have been restored and they are absolutely stunning,
ACCOMMODATION – CASTLE HOUSE HOTEL
Castle House hotel had an early check in, a bonus when the weather is just not getting any better, but it really made the stay. It is a Grade II listed Georgian villa, located right on the River Wye and absolutely stunning. It’s located very close to the centre but you wouldn’t know, it feels like you are staying in the countryside. The room was beautiful, it felt classic but modern, and to be honest, I couldn’t get over the fact there was a fireplace in the bathroom. I was probably a bit too excited about the fact there were spa robes & slippers, but hey, it felt completely luxurious okay?
Waking up at Castle House hotel felt a bit like a dream, the sun was streaming through the windows (completely different weather to the day before!) and there was a great view of the castle grounds. Breakfast was served in a dining room overlooking their garden & the river, with plenty of veggie cooked breakfast options and continental options (ie. eat as many croissants as you want – my favourite kind of breakfast)
FOOD AND DRINK IN HEREFORD
CAFE BODEGA – This was the perfect pit-stop for lunch. It’s a beautiful family-run cafe, close to the cathedral, offering a wide-range of choice on the menu, including my fave – a mozzarella, pesto & tomato panini!
CELLAR DOOR – This restaurant is raved highly online and it definitely didn’t disappoint. All of their produce is locally sourced and there was more opportunity to sample Hereford’s cider. I went for a rhubarb cider, paired with Camembert to start and a Veggie burger main, you can’t go wrong really! The atmosphere in Cellar Door was really good, it was clear that this restaurant and bar attracts everyone and after spending an evening there, I can see why!
Hereford to me was the perfect place to get away and relax, I came back to reality feeling refreshed. Where are your favourite places to escape to for a weekend away?