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The Weir Garden, Hereford

(4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
The Weir Garden is a National Trust property near Swainshill (see Stretton Sugwas), Herefordshire, lying alongside the River Wye 5mi west of Hereford on the A438 road.The garden covers 10 acres (4 hectares), and was the creation of its prior owner, Roger Parr, and his head gardener William Boulter. The adjoining house is used as a nursing home and is not open to the public.The south facing aspect of the garden allows for a wide variety of plantings, and this, combined with the riverside, attract a notable variety of wildlife. Notable birds include blackcaps, mute swans, kingfishers, goosanders and in summer, sand martins, whilst teal often over-winter here. There are also a great many insects, including the rare club-tailed dragonfly, banded demoiselle damselflies and white-legged damselflies, plus a range of butterflies, hoverflies and crickets.The ruins of a Roman temple possibly associated with a high-status Roman villa, which may have connections to the nearby Roman town of Magnis, lie inside the Weir Garden by the River Wye. There is an octagonal cistern filled by a spring, and a ruined buttress by the river. These are the highest standing Roman ruins in Herefordshire.
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  • The scenery and immediate surroundings are attractive. It is unlike many other National Trust properties because there is no house and the garden area is smaller. Recent improvements provide simple ac...  more »
  • This was our first visit to The Weir Gardens. A lovely surprise, the views are spectacular along the river Wye with well laid out paths and plenty of interesting areas. My grandson particularly enjoye...  more »
  • My parents often visit but confine themselves to the flatter areas round the office and "honesty" tea hut and down to the walled garden. This visit I was able to take Mum down along the river and help...  more »