Being at university isn’t *all* about your course; you’re also living in a new place, a new city, with plenty of new things to experience. Whether you and your flatmates want something to do on your days off, or you want to plan something fun for when family and friends from home come to visit, these day trips from Hereford are perfect!
The Forest of Dean
You’ll need a car to get here, and it takes around 46 minutes to drive to the Forest of Dean from our No.1 Station Approach accommodation. If you’re into walking and exploring, this is the perfect day trip – just being in nature can definitely help keep you calm especially if your studies are getting on top of you! You might recognise the forest from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 film, where it appears a few times. It’s also referenced in the books as Hagrid’s birth place, so if you’re a fan of the wizarding world then you can’t miss a day trip to the Forest of Dean.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo
You can drive here from our Hereford student accommodation in around half an hour if you have access to a car, but it only takes around 1.5 hours on public transport. Wye Valley is a breathtaking place in general, but the Butterfly Zoo is a really interesting day out; the indoor tropical setting is home to plenty of rare breeds of butterfly and they also manage a nature reserve nearby, protecting native species. There aren’t many places like this across the UK, so definitely take advantage while you’re nearby!
Symonds Yat Rock
If hiking is on your to-do list, then Symonds Yat Rock should be on your radar. You’ll need a car for this one, realistically, and you can reach the car park for this particular walk in just under 40 minutes from No.1 Station Approach. The views from up here are simply stunning, and in spring or autumn you’ll likely see some migrating osprey birds. There’s a cute log cabin cafe up there too, where you can buy a range of drinks and snacks, or pack your own picnic to hike on a budget!
Located in Leominster, this National Trust location is a half an hour drive from our Hereford student accommodation and it’s perfect for when your parents come to visit in the car as it’s completely inaccessible by public transport. There is a walled garden and 14 acres of land surrounding the impressive sandstone building, and it’s just a nice way to spend a day exploring nearby!
There are plenty of nearby places to explore when you’re living in Hereford, as well as plenty to do in the local area itself. Your time at university is ideal for making memories and exploring while you have more spare time than you will in full-time employment, so make sure you make the most of it…