Sandwiched between the West Midlands and Wales, Herefordshire is a beautiful rural county with a stunning and often dramatic landscape including the famous Wye Valley and surrounded by the Malvern Hills, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. Picturesque villages and attractive country towns in traditional black and white architecture pepper the rolling scenery with a tranquillity and remoteness that will make you feel a world away from the 21st century.
Classified as part of the West Midlands, Herefordshire is tucked up against the Welsh border counties of Monmouthshire and Powys so has always been a location of historical significance. It is no coincidence therefore that as well as being a beautiful landscape, Herefordshire is also very historic and brimming with heritage, reflected in some stunning architectural gems and buildings of significance from earlier centuries.
For a country wedding, you really will be spoilt for choice with a range of grand and glorious venues including castles, mansions, stately homes, period houses and exotic follies, many offering the complete wedding package and some with exclusive occupation so you can create a real home from home and private feel for you and your wedding guests.
Smaller venues for quiet, niche weddings can be found throughout rural Herefordshire many with riverside settings or tucked away in hidden valleys. Find a quaint barn, idyllic farmhouse or classic stone mill or you can even get married outside in a peaceful apple orchard. Outdoor wedding locations are very on-trend and Herefordshire offers some of the best.
The city of Hereford is the county town and is eye-catching for its monuments and historic architectural features including Hereford Cathedral and Kilpeck Castle. Hereford is the perfect backdrop for a grand town wedding, with a sophistication and culture and minus the urbanisation and industry of many other prominent cities and county towns in the UK.
Scores of pretty villages will leave the bride and groom spoilt for choice for rural venues and attractive accommodation for all the guests. It’s hard to pick out just a handful of the best villages in Herefordshire but Brockhampton must be high up on the list with its eye-catching and unusual stone and concrete Arts and Crafts church, built at the turn of the 20th century and with a thatched roof, one of only three in the country. Tucked away under the Welsh Hills in the Golden Valley, is the historic village of Dorstone or why not consider Eardisland, voted the prettiest village in the Midlands by a TV poll, this iconic black and white village is situated in the valley alongside the River Arrow.
Herefordshire has good travel links with the M5 motorway running north south to the east of the county connecting the Midlands with the South West. There are regional train links linking Herefordshire with Birmingham which offers train services all over the UK including London. Birmingham airport is around eighty miles away and provides both domestic and international flights.