Sightseeing & Touring
Monmouth  
 
Monmouth stands in the centre of three rivers: the Wye, the Trothy and the Monnow. An important centre in Norman times, the castle ruins can still be seen but the most notable feature of the town is the Monnow bridge. It is the only Norman fortified bridge surviving in Britain, built in 1260 as one of the four medieval gates into the town. 
 
Monmouth has a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants and is well worth a wander !
Ross-on-Wye  
 
This historic market town stands high on a sandstone cliff overlooking a wide loop of the River Wye. Ross-On-Wye, at one time a busy coaching town, which is reflected in its charming old inns and splendid market hall. 
 
Hereford  
 
Hereford was the capital of the kingdom of West Mercia in Saxon times , a walled city with a fine defensive castle. Both city and cathedral were founded about 700AD and many outstanding buildings from past centuries have been preserved. 
 
Hereford has many attractions including, the Cathedral, the Mappa Mundi, the Cider Museum, Victoria Suspension bridge and great shopping. 
 
Hay-on-Wye  
 
A book lovers dream ! 
 
Hay-on-Wye is a small historic town made up of narrow streets and courtyards. It is internationally famous for its trading in Antique Books, manuscripts, maps and pictures.
Ledbury  
 
Equidistant from Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester, the attractive market town of Ledbury is surrounded by meadowland and streams. The historic market house which stands in the square in Ledbury's main street is one of the most outstanding black and white buildings in the area.
The Black and White Villages  
 
Leominster is the starting point of the black and white village trail. About 40 miles in length this circular route takes in many of the delightful black and white villages of North West Herefordshire. These are some of the most attractive and unspoiled villages in all England, known for their splendid timber framed buildings and ancient churches.Other villages on the trail are: Dilwyn, Luntley Court, Eardisley, Kington, and Weobley
Tintern  
 
Nestling in a loop in the river, the abbey church survives almost intact, apart from its roof !  
 
With its soaring east end, rose window and fine arches it measures 228 feet along and 150 feet wide across the transepts. Many of the other monastic buildings are also preserved including the chapter house and refectory 
 
Bromyard and the Malverns  
 
The ancient market town of Bromyard lies in the valley of the river Frome. It has been a local centre since before the Doomsday survey and among its heritage of fine buildings are the 16th century bridge house and the half timbered Falcon Hotel, an old coaching inn. 
  
 
Castles  
 
Goodrich Castle is impressively situated on a sandstone outcrop overlooking the river Wye.. Impregnable on two sides due to the cliffs rising out from the river bank, the castle is protected on the landward side by a moat hewn from the rock. The castle was successfully besieged in 1326 and subsequently destroyed by Parliamentary troops during the Civil War.  
 
Croft Castle, near Leominster, remained in the ownership of the Croft family for almost 900 years before passing into the care of the National Trust. Surrounded by a spectacular landscape of open countryside, the main glory of the castle grounds is the splendid avenue of chestnut trees, some of which are known to be 350 years old.  
Caves 
 
Clearwell Caves - Notes to follow  
 
King Arthur's Cave - Notes to follow