Today we head to Monmouth with a free morning to explore the shops, cafes, museums or even to carry on the heritage property theme, visiting the Shire Hall. Here you can view the Historic Courtroom 1 now fully restored to how it looked in the 1840’s, visit the Holding cells and experience the unpleasant conditions that prisoners of the day were subjected to. We can admire the Henry V Tapestry in Courtroom 2 which took Monmouth Broderers 4500 hours to create over a five year period.
After lunch, we then head to Treowen, “A Noble Mansion. It occupies a commanding situation from whence are surveyed some of the most interesting scenes in Monmouthshire … A correspondent dignity pervades the whole of the interior. A staircase two yards wide, of 72 steps, with balustrades, the newels on the quarterspaces two feet round, the whole in solid oak, which still remains perfect, stands unrivalled in the Kingdom.”
Antiquarian Charles Heath’s glowing description, written in 1787, of the Grade I listed Treowen (Monmouthshire’s most unusual historic house), remains as true today as when it was written. Panelled rooms, magnificent staircases, delightful gardens, breathtaking views and private woodland walks. A lofty position at the far end of a half mile long drive in one of the most beautiful corners of Wales.
Timings: Leave Leominster 9:00am., Hereford at 9:30am., Ross on Wye 10:00am. Depart at 4:30pm and travel back to Ross 5:00pm, Hereford 5:30pm and then Leominster 6:00pm.
Costs: Including travel & guided tour of the Shire Hall, plus entrance costs, intro talk, guided tour, tea/coffee and cake at Treowen £36.00 per person
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