Visit: Eastnor Castle, Hellens and St Bartholomew's Church


Eastnor Castle, built for the first Earl Somers in the early 19th century, is home of his descendants, the Hervey-Bathurst family. The interiors are dramatic and include a Gothic Room designed by Pugin, a Classical Octagon drawing room and a Chinese bedroom; early Italian paintings, medieval armour, Flemish tapestries and portraits by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Romney and Watts.

Hellens, the home of the Pennington-Munthe family, started as a monastry before becaming a fortress, and has fine Tudor, Jacobean and Stuart additions. Visited by the Black Prince and Queen Mary I, it contains family paintings, relics and heirlooms from the Civil War.

St Bartholomew's Church has fine tombs, including the remarkable effigy of Blanche Mortimer, and fine stained glass. The churchyard contains an ancient yew tree so large it contains a seat within it.

Venue information

Nr Ledbury, Herefordshire

Entry details

£42 (includes coach, entrances and guided tours of all three venues). Apply to Anthony and Rosemary Pugh-Thomas, 01823 412224. Coach departs Glastonbury at 8:30am and Bridgewater at 9am.
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