Our Top Things to Do in the area
View from Bradnor Hill
Stunning Country Walks
We are situated in the perfect walking country. Sitting on the border between the rolling hills of Herefordshire and the wild unspoilt uplands of Wales Kington is the picture-perfect place for walking. We are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most stunning walks in Britain with Hergest Ridge and Bradnor Hill being two of the most popular ones starting directly on our door step.
Hergest Ridge Walk
Hergest Ridge features some mind-blowing views across the Welsh Border country. On a clear day you can easily see Hay Bluff, the Black Mountains and up to the Malvern Hills. Hergest Ridge was the second record album by Mike Oldfield who also used to live in Kington and whose previous house can be spotted from our house. There are several circular options of walking the ridge with stops at country pubs. Why not take a break at the famous Hergest Croft Gardens and their pretty tea rooms on your way back. The walk will also take you past St Mary's Church which is worth a visit.
Monkey Puzzle Trees on Hergest Ridge
Bradnor Hill Walk
With magnificent 360 degree views over Herefordshire and Wales, Brandor Hill is another walk not to be missed. This walk takes you around National Trust land and at 1284 feet Bradnor Hill is the home of the highest 18-hole golf course in England. After the climb up, grab a refreshing drink at the club house and enjoy the wonderful views from their terrace or stop over for lunch before heading back down into Kington. For lazy walkers there is the option of driving up and parking their car at the club house to start the walk.
View from Bradnor Hill and Kington Golf Course
We are also directly situated on the Offa’s Dyke Trail and several of the walks include stretches of the path.
Castle Hill House is the perfect location to enjoy a Walking Break in Herefordshire and Wales. We provide leaflets of a range of walks for our guests in our B&B. Packed lunches can be provided.
A stroll around town
Kington offers fine views all round of the open countryside and the rolling hills of the marches. The town also has a lovely riverside recreation ground with the river Arrow flowing right next to it.
You will find a good variety of shops, including a shop for walking gear, a delicatessen, cafes, art galleries, a museum, a Tourist Information Centre, and a spa with gym facilities. Local country markets are held every Friday and Kington’s Art, Craft and Vintage market is held every third Saturday of the month.
Kington originally clustered around the impressive Church of St Mary which stands high on a hill overlooking the town. The church houses some fine Victorian stained glass windows and offers some interesting history to visitors who are very welcome to experience the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of this lovely church.
Travel into Kington’s past and learn some interesting and fascinating facts by going on a circular treasure trail. The route by takes you around the town, passing the river Arrow and St Mary's Church as well as some other buildings of historic interest. You can also visit Kington Museum which displays lots of interesting pictures and artifacts.
Visit the famous and beautifully landscaped gardens at Hergest Croft or visit the Small Breeds Farm with their large and amazing collection of owls.
Water Breaks-its neck Waterfall
This hidden gem is a wonderful, special place to visit and another one of our favourite walks. It is like walking through a magical fairy glen as you walk through a gorge along the side of a stream and past deep moss covered trees and rocks with a beautiful waterfall right at the end. The waterfall is most spectacular just after a heavy rainfall but this is a lovely walk at any time of the year.
You can reach the waterfall via three different atmospheric and peaceful woodland walks. The easiest route is only a short 20 minute stroll from the car park. The other two walks are moderate and take between 1 to 2 hours.
One of the best scenic drives in the world
According to AA, the road leading through Elan Valley is ‘one of the 10 best scenic drives in the world’ and even achieved 'International Dark Sky Park' status in 2015 which means its the perfect place for star gazing without any light pollution around for miles.
Elan Valley offers some breathtaking panoramic views and is one of our favourite places for a day out whenever friends or family come to visit. The reservoirs and 6 dams were built in the 1890’s to supply fresh water to Birmingham and to this day are the working legacy of extraordinary Victorian engineering. The gorgeous unspoilt landscape stretches to 72 square miles and there is plenty of driving, walking and cycling to do. There is an information centre with a coffee shop with heaps of useful information. Well worth a visit, you will not be disappointed.
Hergest Croft Gardens
Just around the corner from our B&B and on your way to or from Hergest Ridge, you will find the famous Hergest Croft Gardens. It has been owned by the Banks family for five generations and their roots in Kington go back over 200 years. The Estate extends over 70 acres offering more than five thousand rare trees and shrubs some of which are planted in our very own garden. The gardens are split into six unique areas offering some spectacular rhododendrons and azaleas in spring and some vibrant autumn colours from maples and birches. The Gardens hold the UK National Collections of Maples, Birches and Zelkovas.
It is conveniently situated and is the perfect place to go to after a walk on Hergest Ridge. They also have a gift shop and a tea room with a seating area outside for summer months, so relax and enjoy cake with a cup of tea.
Black and White Village Trail of Herefordshire
This 40 mile circular drive takes you through some of the prettiest villages in England with hundreds of beautiful timber framed buildings. Alec Clifton-Taylor described the black and white buildings in our region of Herefordshire as ‘unrivalled in England’.
The trail leads through the Herefordshire cider country with its rich landscape of orchards, beautiful hop-yard settings and hills in the distance, taking in the charming timber framed houses and picturesque black and white villages along the way.
Experience Herefordshire country life and visit local shops, craft workshops, churches and places of interest and stop over at one of the many characterful country pubs or tea rooms on route.
This tour is an enjoyable day out at any time of the year. A brochure with a map of the route can be picked up at the Tourist information. Tip: Instead of taking the car, you can also cycle this route.
Visit Kington's no.1 Cafe, The Cattle Shed & relax in the garden admiring the beautiful Penrhos Court dating back to the 13th Century
Hay on Wye
Known as the 'book town' and popular for antiques, cafes, restaurants, beach & walking
Hay is a historic town situated in the beautiful Wye Valley on the Welsh border. With lots of cute little independent shops, a lot of them specializing in books, antiques and vintage finds.
After all the shopping, relax in one of the small cute coffee shops which are scattered around town. One thing we can not resist whenever visiting Hay is Shepherds ice cream, so go and try it yourself (they also do some good lunch). Or go for a stroll along the river Wye, after about 15 mins you will find a beach also know as The Warren which is a very popular spot with locals on a hot summer day, enjoying a picnic and a drip in the river. Perfect for putting your legs up and watch the canoes going pass. You can also hire a canoe for £25 for half of the day.
Hay is known as the ‘book town’ with over twenty bookstores specializing in rare, vintage and historical finds, children’s books and more. Some of the bookshops even stock first and antiquarian editions which are usually hard to find. Every year at the end of May this little town transforms when it welcomes up to half a million people for the world-famous Hay Literary Festival which is one of the best in the world. People come from far away to celebrate books and the town itself. Book lovers can attend different events like speeches of well-known and favourite writers, signings, music performances and live entertainment in the evenings. Bill Clinton once named it the ‘Woodstock of the Mind’.
Hereford has a lovely old centre, also known as the High Town where you not only can find shopping and eating but also an exquisite Jacobean timber-framed house built in 1620s, nowadays the Black and White House Museum which we find is always worth a visit. For a lot of people the name ‘Hereford’ is associated with the famous pure breed cattle which originated in Herefordshire. It is one of the oldest British native breed of beef cattle producing outstanding marbled beef from grass and forage.
Black and White House Museum
One of the most visited places is Hereford Cathedral with its outstanding architecture. Right next to it is the New Library Building which houses the Mappa Mundi, the largest medieval illustrated map of the world from 1300.
A beautiful walk along the river Wye takes you to the waterworks museum which is housing the largest collection of pumping engines in working condition in Britain, show-casting a historic Victorian water pump station from 1856 and a two-storey triple expansion steam engine. The museum also gives you an insight of the history of drinking water.
The Herefordshire countryside is covered with orchards and the industrialization made the city of Hereford a global centre for cider production. Bulmers factory was set up in Hereford in 1887 and has now been turned into The Cider Museum with lots of the Victorian factory being preserved, like the champagne cider cellar. You will find out everything about the history of cider and it’s milling, pressing and fermenting process and the opportunity to shop from a selection of cider products.
With more than 500 listed buildings, Ludlow is an especially pretty town. Nowadays, the many Georgian and Tudor style buildings accommodate local independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
Ludlow is packed with history. St Lauren’s Church received an expensive restoration in the 15th century and is said to be one of the loveliest churches in England. On top of the town sits Ludlows’s famous medieval castle and Castle Square home of Ludlow’s award winning historic market which is held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The “Made in Shropshire” craft market takes place every first Saturday of the month.
Southwest of Ludlow you can find Mortimer Forest, a big area of ancient woodland with well signposted walking trails and the Vinnalls Loop comprising one of the tallest hills around Ludlow.
At the End of November Ludlow is celebrating their popular annual Medieval Christmas Fayre at Ludlow Castle.