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Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature & Arts
The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales for ten days from May to June. The festival has expanded in recent years and now includes musical performances and film previews. A fun day out for all the family.
Hay on Wye is a book lovers delight throughout the year.
The Three Choirs Festival
An international classical music festival presented in August each year by rotation in the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. Choral & orchestral music at its exhilarating and uplifting best, in a quintessentially English setting. Visit the Three Choirs Festival website.
Symonds Yat is an English village within the Forest of Dean and is a popular tourist attraction. Symonds Yat West is on the Herefordshire side of the river and Symonds Yat East is on the Gloucestershire side.
Symonds Yat Rock is a scenic viewpoint towering 120 metres above the river. From this viewpoint, between April and August, peregrine falcons can be seen nesting on the cliff side.
The Golden Valley
The Golden Valley is the beautiful area of countryside in south-west Herefordshire. Situated between Hay-on-Wye to the north and Pontrilas to the south, this tranquil area has much to offer. The Golden Valley also borders Wales and the Black Mountains.
There are many market towns in Herefordshire including Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Bromyard and Kington. The natural beauty of the tranquil countryside, picturesque villages and lively market towns make Herefordshire a great destination for those seeking a quiet retreat from city life.
Black & White Timber Villages
The Herefordshire villages are more than just pretty places to visit. Each one has its own character and community, with tea-rooms, shops, craft workshops and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor.
Take advantage of the quieter pace of life and enjoy a day spent following the byways of rural Herefordshire.
Churches still play a significant part in the life of Herefordshire. All serve as living monuments to our heritage and history. Visiting the churches can enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of Herefordshire.
There are many castles in Herefordshire including the magnificent Eastnor Castle near Ledbury.
A must see is Goodrich Castle which is near Ross-on-Wye. The castle stands majestically on a wooded hill commanding the passage of the River Wye into the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat.
Hereford Cathedral’s medieval Mappa Mundi and Chained library are two of Britain’s most important historical treasures. The cathedral stands on the peaceful banks of the beautiful River Wye.