National Trust & Galleries in Hereford
Published on 27.07.20
As you already know, Hereford is a beautiful county, with lots of things going on – and this week we wanted to tell you about some of the amazing places there are to visit for the day, including just some of the many art galleries. Herefordshire is home to many National Trust Properties from grand
As you already know, Hereford is a beautiful county, with lots of things going on – and this week we wanted to tell you about some of the amazing places there are to visit for the day, including just some of the many art galleries.
Herefordshire is home to many National Trust Properties from grand houses to tranquil riverside gardens, 14th century castles and medieval manors.
Berrington Hall, just 20minutes from the city is a neo classical mansion with incredible interiors, set in a beautiful landscaped garden. You’ll find displays of costume and antique furniture inside the property, alongside touring exhibitions of modern art, and wildlife and conservation projects in the stunning grounds. Finish off your visit to Berrington Hall with tea & cake from the Stables café.
Bordering The River Wye, and just outside of the city you will find The Weir Garden. A spot of unspoilt Herefordshire countryside, it’s the perfect day out for a bit of escapism. Whether you’re visiting for a picnic by the river, taking along your paints and sketch book, watching wildlife or checking out the walled garden that is always bursting with seasonal produce it always provides a relaxing visit.
Croft Castle is steeped in history, and set in acres of woodland. Spend your visit learning about Sir James Croft, exploring family photographs and reading through auction catalogues. Step back in time in the dressing up room, or explore the vast parklands.
As well as National Trust, Hereford also has sites of English Heritage including Arthur’s Stone – an atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber made of huge stone slabs, set in the hills above Hereford Golden Valley. Like many monuments in the area, the tomb has been linked to King Arthur and comes with a great back story! According to legend it was here that King Arthur slew a giant who left the impression of his elbow on the stone slab as he fell. Whether you choose to believe the story or not, it’s a pretty cool place to visit.
In Presteigne you will find The Rodd, the last home to Australian artist Sydney Nolan, most famously known for his depiction of Ned Kelly. Now the home of the Sydney Nolan Trust, you can visit for events, exhibitions and workshops. The Trusts mission is to build on Nolans legacy and maintain a vibrant and thriving centre of the arts in a rural setting. Explore and push your boundaries through art, music, poetry and drama at this truly one of a kind place that is so special to Herefordshire.
Hereford has a strong arts community, which is supported by many independent art galleries. We have mentioned some in previous blogs, but thought its only right to call out some more. In the city centre you will find the Apple Store Gallery, Timothy Hawkins Gallery and The Craft Gallery. Further afield is Gallery 54, Canwood Gallery (above), The Lion Gallery, Old Chapel Gallery and many more!