WEOBLEY VILLAGE AND COUNTRYSIDE HEREFORDSHIRE
 

Weobley is a living village with heritage status. Among the many and varied attractions are:- a museum, art galleries, tea rooms/gift shops, mini market, newsagents, three inns, a restaurant, post office, butchers, a Drs and Dentist surgeries, bookshop and a general store. There is also a good bus service, serving other local villages and, of course, the city of Hereford.

Weobley is probably the finest example of a "black and white" village in the country and dates back to Saxon times. Parts of the ancient church of St Peter and St Paul date back to Norman times.

Weobley was joint winner in 1998 of the "best village of the year (UK) award" and outright winner of the "national village" of the year award in1999. It is steeped in history and is even mentioned in the Doomsday Book under it's original title Wibelai. During the civil war Charles 1st slept at the 'Unicorn' now known as 'The Throne' on 5 September 1645.

Weobley is central to the "black and white trail" and is therefore an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and villages. Other activities include:- walking, cycling, riding flying,trial lessons available in a150 and 152 two seater Cessna and a 4 seater PA28 Archer II Canoeing with or without instruction is available locally on the river Wye and there are a number of 'pick your own' fruit and vegetable farms.

Within a reasonably short drive (35 miles) are the magnificent Victorian dams and reservoirs of the Elan Valley which is free of charge and boasts a first class visitors centre with café, museum and craft shop. This is also a nature reserve for birds and other wild life. Hay-on-Wye is nearby (the town of books).


The ancient cathedral city of Hereford dates back to about the 7th century. Surrounding the city is a wall which was initiated by the Saxons and continued by the Normans, parts of this still remain and can still be seen today. There are numerous little back streets to explore which contain a wide variety of craft/book/clothes/jewellery/fine ceramics etc, plus the usual multi national stores and fashion outlets.

In the centre of the city there is "The Old House" built around 1621. This is now a museum with entry free where you can see furnishings from the style of Cromwell. Another famous museum is that of Bulmers Cider which, for various reasons is well worth a visit.

There are many good restaurants and tea - rooms, a leisure centre, swimming pool. Visit the 'Mappa Mundi' and the famous Chained Library which are also housed in the Cathedral. There is a cinema and a new theatre known as 'The Courtyard'. A small but interesting market hidden behind "Chadds" in Union street is called the 'Dinosaw Market' (sic). This sells 1960/1970 memorabilia dn is owned by the leader of the 1970's rock group "Mott the Hoople" a well known Herefordshire group. This market is well worth a visit.


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