Visit 6 of the English Heritage sites in Herefordshire from historic monuments, buildings and places to prehistoric sites and grand medieval castles to Roman forts on the edges of an empire.
Make the most of our English Heritage Sites
English Heritage (officially the English Heritage Trust) is a charity that manages over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places. These include prehistoric sites, medieval castles, Roman forts and country houses.
Gone are the days when people learned about history simply from reading books. People are increasingly looking for experiences that bring history to life in an engaging way and nothing beats standing on the spot where history happened.
Plan your next family day out to an English Heritage site in Herefordshire. Summer holidays are just around the corner, exciting events are taking place and the gardens are full of life and colour.
Most sites are dog-friendly for you to enjoy alongside your furry friends.
A powerful thick-walled round keep dating from the mid-12th century, characteristic of the Welsh borders, on a large earthen mound within a stone-walled bailey. Set in the beautiful Olchon valley, with magnificent views of the Black Mountains.
Enjoy a fine selection of light refreshments made from locally-sourced Herefordshire ingredients in the delightful tearoom. Try delicious homemade soup, a ploughman’s lunch, cream teas and cakes. There is also a kid’s lunch available, which includes a roll, drink, cookie and fruit.
Rotherwas was the family chapel of the Roman Catholic Bodenham family. The originally simple medieval building has a fine Elizabethan timber roof, a rebuilt 18th century tower, and striking Victorian interior decoration and furnishings by the Pugins.
Wigmore was one of many castles built close to the England–Wales border after the Norman Conquest. Founded in 1067 by William Fitz Osbern, it was a major centre of power for over 500 years, and played host to several kings and queens.
It was held by the Mortimer family from about 1075 to 1425, when it passed to the Crown. The castle fell into ruin after the Civil War and remained an untouched ruin until the 1990s, when English Heritage conserved it in a way that ensured the castle’s natural environment was preserved.
Like many prehistoric monuments in western England and Wales, this tomb has been linked to King Arthur since before the 13th century. According to legend, it was here that Arthur slew a giant who left the impression of his elbows on one of the stones as he fell.