- Time from Hereford to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 1 hour 23 minutes
- Distance from Hereford to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 58 miles
See our Weekend Wedding Package with 60 to 70 day guests and 50 guests staying overnight.
A unique Wedding Venue - the romance of a real Welsh Castle combined with the historic grandeur of our very own Opera House licensed for wedding ceremonies.
Craig y Nos Castle only accepts one wedding a day, so you and your guests from Herefordshire will have the run of the whole ground floor of the castle exclusively.
in or near to Herefordshire,
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When considering wedding decor you may already have plenty of your own ideas for your wedding. Or maybe you are still looking for inspiration?
Reflect the story of Hereford in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Hereford. You may get some ideas from the history of Hereford below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
1. Hereford is 16 miles from the Welsh Border. Population: 58,900.
2. The town was formally named 'Hereford" by Royal Charter from Richard 1st in 1189, and has been recognised as a City for centuries.
3. The name Hereford derives from the Anglo Saxon "here", meaning an army or formation of soldiers, and "ford", meaning a place for crossing over a stream or a river. So Hereford may be where an army forded the Wye. The Welsh name for Hereford is Henffordd, meaning "old road", in reference to the Roman road and settlement at Stretton Sugwas. It was occupied by the Saxons from the C.7th.
4. Products from Hereford include cider, beer, leather goods, poultry, and the famous Hereford breed of cattle.
5. Hereford Cathedral along with the first bridge across the Wye both date from the early 12th century.
6. Hereford Castle was once similar in size and scale to Windsor Castle and used as a base for repelling Welsh attacks. Warfare between the English and Welsh brought a great deal of business to Hereford. The Welsh under Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd and Powys, with Viking support, burnt the town to the ground in 1056.
7. It is still legal to shoot a Welshman on a Sunday in Hereford, provided it’s with a longbow and within the Cathedral close.
9. Hereford also saw a lot of action in the Civil War, held by the Royalists (it supported the King) and sieged unsuccessfully by the Parliamentarians. However it was taken over by the Parliamentarians by trickery towards the end of the Civil War. Parliamentarian soldiers dressed as labourers to get in and opened the gates to let more soldiers in.
10. In 1974 Herefordshire was merged with Worcestershire to become part of the county of Hereford and Worcester.
11. Hereford makes a lot of cider. Hereford has many acres of orchards, making it cider country. Bulmers, now owned by Heineken, is a Cider producer making Woodpecker Cider, Strongbow and Bulmers Cider. Bulmer’s factory is the largest cider making factory in the world with the world’s largest vats holding 15 million gallons of cider.
13. Hereford has recently had a boost in investment after many years of under-investment. An area of 100 acres north of the city walls is subject to a 15 year £80m regeneration, managed by Hereford Futures. Work started in 2012. The project includes rebuilding the canal basin at the end of the disused Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal, a supermarket, a new multiplex cinema, shops, restaurants etc.
14. A further £60m was recently spent building the new Hereford County Hospital.
15. 10,000 new homes are to be built in the Hereford area in the next ten years, and maybe one day, a bypass!
When you choose a venue further away from your base, you'll tend to invite everyone for the whole day. Also you'll need somewhere all your guests can stay overnight.
Unlike with a 'local' wedding reception, when you marry at Craig y Nos, you won't have so many guests shooting off early to get home.
The mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park guarantees you stunning photo opportunities both inside and outside the castle. The Grade One Listed Opera House makes a fantastic setting for your wedding ceremony. You get exclusive use of the whole ground floor of the castle for you and your Herefordshire wedding guests.
2. The cider connection and apples could make for a very interesting wedding theme.
3. One theme it would be rather unique to incorporate could be based on the Hereford breed. If your guests or relatives are from the farming community, this would be more relevant than the apple theme. Table names could be named after different breeds of cattle, or you could just stick with the Hereford theme and feature table decorations with award winning Herefords.
4. Another idea: if you have a lot of children to your wedding, you could hire a life-size model of a Hereford cow that the children can have fun ‘milking’.
5. Hereford Art Week may provide you with further inspiration for a Hereford themed wedding and for Hereford favours and venue decorations.
6. A copy or poster of the Mappa Mundi, an ancient Medieval Mapp of the world, could feature on a Hereford story board for your family, along with family photos, to provide a sense of place, along with pictures of old Hereford buildings.
7. Table Names could be named after famous places in and around Hereford: The Buttermarket, The Cider Museum, Eastnor Castle, Goodrich Castle, Hampton Court, Hereford Cathedral, Symonds Yat, The Old House, Waterworks Museum, Wye Valley Walk, the Weir etc. This would possibly apply if all your guests came from the Hereford area.
Of all the ideas above, the apple theme may be the safest, as it is tried and tested and you can see some examples of where apples have been used on wedding table decorations before.
19. The Old House, built in 1621, is a historic black and white house housing a museum about life in the Jacobean.
20. In the spring/summer the International Cider festival features a large display of named cider apples, when the apples are pressed to make Cider in the traditional way.
In the 1200's books were worth as much as a house.
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25. Hereford has the oldest building in England, the Bishop's Palace, which was built in 1204.
26. Hereford was the birthplace of David Garrick, the C.18th actor who breathed life back into London theater, and Nell Gwynne, an actress who was Charles II's mistress.
27. Hereford also benefited from the fact that Saint Ethelbert (murdered in 794) was buried there. People traveled long distances to visit the shrines of saints and they spent money in Hereford.
Ethelbert was the young prince of the East Angles, who travelled to Western England (then Mercia) to marry the daughter of King Offa, only to be murdered on the orders of King Offa. He was later canonised and buried in the Cathedral, which is dedicated to Ethelbert and the Virgin Mary.
30. In medieval times Cathedral Close was the city Graveyard. It was also used for grazing for Pigs. But the Pigs dug up the human remains so the land was walled off in 1389; the loss of the grazing led to riots.
31. Herefordshire is known as the ‘University of The Great Outdoors’ due to the variety of outdoor pursuits on offer, from kayaking to climbing and mountain boarding to cycling.
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