Within an Hours Drive

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Within an Hour’s Drive

    Outdoor activities


    Forest Adventure Coleford, Gloucs.

Canoeing and Kayaking

    Wye Pursuits Kerne Bridge. Also white water rafting, climbing, abseiling, caving and

    multi- activity courses.

    Hay-on-Wye Canoe Hire

    Paddles and pedals, Hay-on-Wye. Symonds Yat East. Also rafting, abseiling, climbing, caving, zip wire.

    Wye Valley Canoes Glasbury-on-Wye

Climbing & caving

    Forest Adventure Also canoeing, kayaking, archery, mountain biking.Coleford,


    Llangorse Riding and Rope Centre Horse riding, bouldering, abseiling, rope bridges, zipline and problem solving.


    Pedal Bike Away Bike hire in Forest of Dean Pedal Away Bike hire in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales

    Wheely Wonderful Cycling Near Ludlow


    National Birds of Prey Centre courses. Near Ledbury. Fishing

    Millpond Near Ledbury.


    Herefordshire Raceway Weobley (min. age 8)


    Grove Golf Centre Floodlit covered driving range with golf course.

    Brockington Hall 9-holes near Bodenham The Ashe Near Ross. 18 hole, par 3 Family friendly The Herefordshire Golf Club Wormsley Leominster Golf Club

Horse riding

    Tipton Hall Riding School Bromyard area Grafton Farm Riding Centre Tenbury Wells KC Riding School Bodenham

Mountain Boarding Centre

    Court Farm Leisure Tillington nearHereford Out to Grass Cradley, near Malvern


    Dean Forest Railway Learn to drive a steam locomotive.

River cruises


    Handsam Boat Company Boat hire in Evesham Worcester River Cruises Includes cream tea cruises, fish & chip cruises and Jazz



    Gloucester Leisure Cruises


    South Worcestershire Shooting Ground Clay pigeon shooting from Hanley Castle, Worcs.

Ten Pin Bowling

    TGS Bowling Hereford


    Herefordshire - click on Herefordshire for various circular walks Walks on the Malverns (Ledbury area)

    Walks on the Bromyard Downs (Bromyard area) Wye Valley Walk

    Offa’s Dyke Path (Western Herefordshire) The Wysis Way

    Cotswold Canals Walk

    The Gloucestershire Way

    The Three Choirs Way

Public Transport

    Traveline public transport information 0870 608 2608 Beacons Bus

    National Rail Enquiries 07845 484950



    Berkeley Castle

    Goodrich Castle Ross

    Longtown, Grosmont & Skenfrith castles South Marches Wigmore & Ludlow castles

Churches and Abbeys

    Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore. Originally a Cistercian monastery. All Saints Hereford. Also contains excellent café. Belmont Abbey, Hereford. Pugin-designed Benedictine Abbey. Bordesley Abbey, Redditch. Ruins of Cistercian monastery.

    St. Barnabas, Brampton Bryan. Unusual 1656 Commonwealth church. St. Andrew, Bredwardine & Brobury. Home to Victorian diarist & vicar, John Kilvert. All Saints Brockhampton. Superb early C20th thatched, Arts and Crafts church. St. Michael, Castle Frome. Font belongs to Herefordshire School of carving, “one of

    the masterworks of Romanesque sculpture in England” (Pevsner). Croome Church Church of the Earls of Coventry with exquisite monumental carving. St. Mary the Virgin, Eardisland. Contains fine peal of 8 bells Church of the Sacred Heart, Droitwich. Mosaic interior made from millions of Italian

    glass tiles.

    St. Mary Magdalene, Eardisley. Home of the Baskerville family. Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester. Aside from being one of England’s greatest

    cathedrals, the cloisters can also boast playing host to Hollywood film crews as a set

    for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

    Great Witley Church Exquisite Baroque interior, set in parkland by the shell of Witley

    Court, an English Heritage property.

    Hailes Abbey, Gloucs.

    St. Dubricius, Hentland. Legendary site where St. Dubricius trained C6th


    St. Catherine, Hoarwithy. Fantastic Italianate church.

    Kilpeck Church. Most complete Norman church in England with renowned carvings. Hereford Cathedral

    Kempley. Fantastic medieval (and later) wall paintings.

    St. Michael and All Angels, Ledbury. Described by Pevsner as the premier parish

    church in the county.

    Leominster Priory, Leominster. A former Benedictine establishment. Little Malvern Priory. Small Benedictine monastery.

    St. Peter, Llancillo. Early medieval bell. Celtic foundation.

    The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Madley. Possible birthplace of St. Dubricius and one of finest churches in the area.

    Malvern Priory Benedictine foundation Priory church. Large collection of medieval

    stained glass.

    St. Mary, Much Cowarne. Tomb of lady who sacrificed her hand to save her Crusader

    husband from the Moors.

    Pershore Abbey, Pershore

    St. Peter, Peterchurch. Unique. 4 sections with double chancel. C8th origins. St. Giles, Pipe Aston. Tiny Norman gem with tympanum over ornate doorway and

    wall paintings.

    St. Andrew, Pixley. William Morris tiles.

    St. Peter, Pudlestone. Pugin-designed stained glass.

    St. Mary, Ross-on-Wye. C13th originally, mainly built in Decorated style. St. Peter, Rowlstone. Fine examples of Herefordshire School of sculpture. St. John the Evangelist, Shobdon. The only Rococo church in England St. Michael, Sollers Hope. Beautiful setting and the possible parish church of the

    young Dick Whittington.

    St. Peter & St. Paul, Stoke Lacy . Many monuments to Morgan motor family. Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury. Wonderful decoration.

    St. James, Wigmore. In stronghold of the Mortimer family, near the castle. Worcester Cathedral, Worcester.

Gardens and Parks

Abbey Dore Court Garden

    Attingham Park Shropshire NT

    Berrington Hall Gardens Leominster area NT Bodenham Arboretum

    Burford House and Garden National Clematis collection Croome Park near Malvern

    Dorothy Clive Garden 01630 647237

    Eastnor Castle garden Family friendly near Ledbury. Garden at the Bannut

    Hampton Court Gardens Stunning organic gardens Hawkstone Park and Follies 01939 200611 Shropshire Hergest Croft Kington area

    Hidcote Manor Garden near Broadway

    Holme Lacy Shipley Environmental Gardens 01432 870356 How Caple Court Gardens Formal Edwardian garden 01989740626

    Ivy Croft Nursery and garden .

    Kiftsgate near Broadway

    Lawton Hall Herbs Kington area.

    Little Malvern Court & Garden 01684 893 057 Moors Meadow 7 acre organic hillside garden. Near Bromyard Painswick Rococo Garden

    The Picton Gardens Ledbury area (Colwall) Queenswood Country Park 67 acres of arboretum, 103 acres of SSSI designated woodland.

    Spetchley Park Garden Worcester

    Sudeley Castle and Gardens 01242 602308 Westonbirt Arboretum Cotswolds

    Westonbury Mill Water Gardens Specialists in moisture-loving & bog plants.

    The Weir Garden NT

Historic Houses and Buildings

    Attingham Park Near Shrewsbury Family friendly Baddesley Clinton near Solihull Family friendly NT Berrington Hall near Leominster Family friendly NT Bredon Barns NT

    Charlecote Park near Stratford Family friendly NT Croft Castle near Leominster Family friendly NT Dudmaston near Bridgnorth Family friendly NT Eastnor Castle Family friendly. Ledbury area The Greyfriars Worcester Family friendly NT Hagley Hall

    Hanbury Hall near Droitwich Family friendly NT Harvington Hall near Kidderminster

    Hellens Manor C13th Ledbury area

    Hawford Dovecote C16th. NT

    King Charles’ House Worcester. From where Charles I escaped after Battle of

    Worcester. Now a restaurant.

    Leigh Court Barn English Heritage near Worcester Little Malvern Court Former Benedictine Monastery Little Malvern

    Lower Brockhampton Brockhampton Estate Bromyard. Family friendly NT

Middle Littleton Tithe Barn nr. Evesham NT

    Moseley Old Hall near Wolverhampton Family friendly NT Packwood House near Solihull Family friendly NT Snowshill Manor near Broadway NT

    Stokesay Castle English Heritage C13th fortified manor house. Sudeley Castle and Gardens Former home of Katherine Parr The Fleece Inn NT

    The Greyfriars Timber-framed merchant’s house Worcester NT The Guildhall Worcester Early C18th with Italianate Assembly Room Wightwick Manor Near Wolverhampton Family friendly NT Witley Court Great Witley. English Heritage. Spectacular ruins. Woodchester Mansion Nr.Stroud. Unfinished mansion abandoned in 1870 now home

    to hundreds of rare bats.


    Arthur’s Stone Golden Valley area

Museums etc.

    Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

    Bromyard Heritage Centre

    Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum World-renowned Arts and Crafts Movement collection.

    Chedworth Roman Villa Cotswolds

    City Museum and Art Gallery Worcester

    The Commandery Worcester The most important secular building in Worcester.

    Corinium Museum Cirencester Cotswold treasures. Cotswold Motoring Museum, Bourton-on-the-water. Dean Heritage Museum, Forest of Dean

    Dunkirk Mill Centre Working machinery in old fulling mill. Cotswolds The Cider Museum Hereford Family friendly

    The Waterworks Museum Hereford Family friendly Gloucester City Museum

    Gloucester Folk Museum

    Hereford Museum

    Ironbridge Gorge Museums

    The Jenner Museum Berkeley

    The John Moore Countryside Museum Tewkesbury. Natural history & wildlife

    conservation displays in C15th house.

    The Judge’s Lodging Presteigne .Family friendly. Ledbury Heritage Centre

    Malvern Museum of Local History

    The Mappa Mundi & Chained Library - One of the oldest maps of the world and two

    of the biggest and most ancient chained libraries in existence. Mortimers Cross Water Mill

    National Waterways Museum Gloucester

    Nature in Art Twigworth Gloucester. First museum dedicated to art inspired by


    The Old House Hereford

    The Painted Room Ledbury

    The Pump Rooms Tenbury Wells

    Ross Market House Heritage Centre Ross on Wye Royal Worcester Visitor Centre


    Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, Gloucs. Gloucester Regiment & the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars.

    Tudor House Museum Upton Upon Severn In C16th house and garden.

    Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Touring the black and white villages

    Dilwyn Weobley

    Sarnsfield Kinnersley

    Eardisley Pembridge

    Eardisland Shobdon


    Dymock - home of the Dymock poets. Near Ledbury. Ledbury - home to John Masefield, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and William Langland.

The Arts


    There are cinemas in Malvern Theatres and The Courtyard Centre for the Arts in


    Worcester Warner Village

    Worcester Odeon


    Three Choirs Festival - Europe’s oldest music festival Elgar country and birthplace museum near Worcester Great Witley Church music. Concerts and organ case from instrument upon which

    Handel played.

    Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham

    Huntingdon Hall and Swan Theatre Worcester World of Mechanical Music, Northleach


    Malvern Theatres

    The Courtyard Centre for the Arts Hereford The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury

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