Historic Sites in Herefordshire

Goodrich Castle Dore Abbey Longtown Castle Kilpeck Church
Herefordshire contains a mix of fields, woods, rivers, valleys and small hills, typical of much of southern England, and includes half of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the northern section of the Wye Valley (shared with Gloucestershire) and the western half of the Malvern Hills (shared with Worcestershire). Also within the county are a small component of the Black Mountains, which extend into neighboring Powys, where they form part of Brecon Beacons National Park. Herefordshire has no especially wild and rugged landscapes, but plenty of relatively easy trails, the best of which are in the two designated areas. Major towns and cities include Hereford, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury.

There are no ruined abbeys in Herefordshire, no Roman remains, and only one significant prehistoric site (Arthur's Stone, a burial chamber), but the county does have a grand cathedral, a selection of old churches, and several interesting castles, in varying states of completeness.


Clifford Castle - fragmentary, overgrown ruins of a 12th century castle, on a hill above the River Wye

Goodrich Castle - secluded castle with a rural location overlooking the River Wye

Hampton Court Castle - castellated mansion built in the 15th century, surrounded by extensive gardens; complete, fully furnished, and open to the public between April and October

Kilpeck Castle - minor but picturesque Norman ruin on a large motte, with grand views of the Welsh Marches

Kinnersley Castle - late 16th century castle incorporating traces of an earlier fortification; open to the public on just a few days each year

Longtown Castle - circular keep above substantial bailey walls, on a hill near the River Monnow, facing the east side of the Black Mountains

Wigmore Castle - overgrown but extensive and atmospheric ruins of an 11th century castle

Wilton Castle - partly restored ruins of a 12th century castle and a Tudor manor house


, and other major churches

Dore Abbey - a parish church with medieval, cathedral-like architecture. Founded in 1147 as a Cistercian monastery, and occupying just part of the original structure; ruins of other sections adjoin the current church

Hereford Cathedral - large and beautiful building dating from the late 11th century, constructed mostly in the decorated Gothic style

Kilpeck Church - small Norman church containing an unusually fine and varied collection of stone carvings

Madley Church - 13th century church with medieval stained glass and ancient wall paintings

Ruined Churches

Edvin Loach Old Church - atmospheric ruins, situated on the site of a small Norman castle

Map of Featured Herefordshire Locations