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.
First Stop: Hereford Cider Museum – to be honest the weather was miserable already so the Cider Museum was a perfect escape from it all! 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, I think we paid £3 for a student ticket, and there’s plenty of info 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!
For lunch, we headed to Cafe Bodega, which was perfect for a quick pit-stop. 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!
Since we were so close to the Cathedral, this was our next point of call. I’m really starting to appreciate the beautiful architecture of a Cathedral and after we visited so many through our interailing trip, I think we might need a Cathedral checklist now! The Thomas Traherne stained glass windows have been restored and they are absolutely stunning, I probably could have sat & looked at them for hours.
Since the weather wasn’t getting better and the hotel had an early check in, we decided to head there for the afternoon. In a way, I’d say the hotel was one of the highlights of our stay because it was just stunning. Castle House hotel is Grade II listed Georgian villa, located right on the River Wye and although it is located really close to the centre, it feels like you are 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?
For dinner, we headed to Cellar Door after seeing great reviews 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!
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 we had 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), it is safe to say I ate well over the weekend!!
Checking out of the hotel definitely felt sad, I could have got used to the luxury! There was the option to leave our bags at the hotel which was really helpful as we’d decided to walk along the river paths. We got so far, admiring the views of the river before realising it was all a bit too flooded to walk through in converse (rooky error there!). Headed to Cafe #1 for coffee & cake as a pit-stop before continuing to spend the afternoon shopping in all of Hereford’s independent shops where I picked up some really cute gifts.
Before we knew it, it was time to head home. 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 for a weekend away?