Independent museums in Herefordshire

There are many independent museums throughout the county. You can find some of them listed here.

Hereford area

Belmont Abbey

Hereford, HR2 9RZ
01432 374747
Open: free access all year

Belmont Abbey website

Cider Museum

21 Ryelands Street, Hereford, HR4 0LW
01432 354207
Open: Monday to Saturday year round 
April to October: 10am - 5pm
November to March: 11am - 3pm
Open all Bank Holiday weekends
Cider Museum website

Hereford Light Infantry Museum

Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QX
01432 870420 
Opening times by appointment only

Hereford Society of Model Engineers

Broomy Hill, Hereford, HR4 0LJ
Open: see the Hereford Society of Model Engineers website

Mappa Mundi and Chained Library

5 College Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford, HR1 2NG
01432 374225
Open: Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm)
Hereford Cathedral's Mappa Mundi website

Mayor's Parlour

Town Hall, St Owen's Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ
01432 260438
Open: Contact the Mayor's Secretary on 01432 260438

St John Medieval Museum, Chapel and Coningsby Hospital

Widemarsh Street Hereford HR4 2NP
01432 274903
Open: April - October Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 2.20pm
Group tours and slide shows by arrangement
Chapel services first Tuesday each month

The Violette Szabo GC Museum

Cartref, Tump Lane, Wormelow, HR2 8HN
01981 540477
Open: April - October Wednesday 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm or by appointment. Groups of 10 or more by appointment. Please phone to check that the museum is open before setting out.
Violette Szabo GC Museum website

Waterworks Museum - Hereford

Broomy Hill, Hereford, HR4 0LJ
01432 357236 
Open: All year Tuesday 11am - 4pm. April to October second and last Sunday in month plus Easter, Spring and August bank holidays, 1pm - 4pm.
Pre-arranged group and education visits all year. 
Waterworks Museum website

The Weir

Swainshill
Herefordshire
HR4 7QF
01981 590509
Open: see the National Trust Weir website

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Ross-on-Wye area

Goodrich Castle

Goodrich, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6HY
01600 890538
Open: see the Goodrich Castle website

Wilton Castle

Wilton, Herefordshire HR9 6AD 
01989 565759

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Bromyard area

Brockhampton Estate

Greenfields, Bringsty, WR6 5TB
01885 482077
Open: see the Brockhampton Estate website

Bromyard and District Local History Centre

5 Sherford Street, Bromyard, HR7 4DL 
01885 488755 
Open: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm Thursday and Friday
10am - 12.30pm Saturday
Bromyard and District Local History Centre website

The Time Machine Museum

12 The Square, Bromyard, HR7 4BP
01885 488329 
Open: April to September inclusive: every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm 
October to March inclusive: Saturday and Sunday 10.30am - 4pm
Open during all bank holidays and all local school holidays
Parties by appointment throughout the year
The Time Machine Museum website

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Leominster and Kington area

Berrington Hall

Leominster, HR6 0DW
01568 615721
Open: see the Berrington Hall website

Croft Castle

Nr Leominster, HR6 9PW
01568 780246
Open: see the Croft Castle website

Eardisland Dovecote

Eardisland, Herefordshire HR6
01544 388226 
Open: all year daily

Kington Museum

Mill Street, Kington, HR5 3AL
01544 231748 or 01544 230182 out of hours
Open: April to September inclusive Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 4pm, Saturday 10.30am - 1pm
Open bank holiday Mondays
Kington Museum website

Leominster Museum

Etnam Street, Leominster, HR6 8AL
01568 615186 
Open: Easter - October Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 1.30pm
Leominster Museum website

Weobley Museum

Back Lane, Weobley, HR4 8SG
01544 318022
Open: April, May, June: Monday and Tuesday 10am - 1pm
July, August, September: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10am - 1pm
Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter to September 10am - 4pm
Open at other times by request
Weobley Museum website

Hampton Court Estate

Hope Under Dinmore
Leominster
Herefordshire
HR6 0PN
01568 797676 ext 200

Open: see the Hampton Court website

Judges Lodging

Broad Street, Presteigne, LD8 2AD
01544 260650

Open:

  • 1 March - 31 October 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Sunday
  • 1 November - 31 November 10am - 4pm Wednesday - Sunday
  • 1 December - 22 December 10am - 4pm Saturday - Sunday
  • Closed: 23 December - 28 February

Open by prior arrangement for groups at any time, including evenings.
Judges Lodging website

The Thomas Shop

Penybont, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, OD1 5UA
01597 851951 
Open: April - September daily 10am - 5pm
October - December and February - March Friday - Monday 10am - 5pm
The Thomas Shop website

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Ledbury area

Ledbury Heritage Centre

This small museum of local history provides insights into the past of the market town of Ledbury. It occupies the ground floor of a fifteenth century building in Church Lane, a picturesque cobbled alleyway that links the Market House to the Parish Church.

Old photographs record some of the buildings and events of previous centuries, thanks to the photographic record of John Tilley, a local commercial photographer.

Local notables are represented in the current displays. John Masefield, poet laureate, grew up in the town, a far cry from the sea which inspired some of his most remembered poems. Elizabeth Barrett-Browning spent her early years in a very distinctive house on a local estate before the family moved on to Wimpole Street in London.

A new display features the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark, and was created for us by the Earth Heritage Trust.

One of the most popular displays is the timber framing puzzle which challenges visitors to build a scaled replica of the far end of the building, with little to help them but the carpenter's marks. 

The building itself is of interest with a huge smoking chimney dominating one end and a dried up watercourse snaking along some ten feet below the current floor level. Variously used as a guildhall, school and tenement block, local stories suggest it was also a pin factory and a drill hall, though this is hard to believe when low beams challenge some of our visitors.

The Heritage Centre is entirely staffed by volunteers and they are always on the lookout for people to join them.

The upper floor of the Heritage Centre is available for hire for exhibitions and similar events throughout the season.

The centre is open from the beginning of April until the end of October every year, and the opening hours during this period are 10.30am-4.30pm daily.

Ledbury Heritage Centre
Church Lane
Ledbury
HR8 1DN
Telephone: 01531 635680 (only during opening hours)

Butcher Row House Museum

Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW
01531 635169 
Open: Easter - September daily 11am - 5pm
October daily 11am - 3pm
Butcher Row House website

16th Century Painted Room

Church Street, Ledbury, HR8 1PL
01531 632306
Open: March to April 11.30am - 3pm. April to October 11am - 4pm Monday to Friday and from mid-July - mid-September also Sundays 2pm - 5pm. Bank holidays (excepting August) 2pm - 5pm.

Eastnor Castle

Ledbury, HR8 1RL
01531 633160
Open: see the Eastnor Castle website

Hellens - Jacobean Manor House and Gardens

Much Marcle, Herefordshire, HR8 2LY
01531 660504 or info@hellensmanor.com
Open: Easter to end September Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and bank holidays by tour at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Hellens Manor website

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