Discover the Allure of Dark Skies in Hereford: A Perfect Weekend Break

In the heart of the English / Welsh countryside lies Hereford and the Wye Valley, a lovely county with breathtaking landscapes


While its ancient cathedrals and local delicacies are notable attractions, there’s an unexpected gift too: dark skies. Whether you're an avid astronomer or simply seeking an offbeat retreat, the stargazing opportunities make it an ideal weekend getaway.

Stargazing Bliss: Embracing the Night

The area offers some of the clearest and most spectacular night skies in the UK, with minimal light pollution outside the city limits. This allows the Milky Way, planets, and constellations to reveal themselves in all their glory. Bring a telescope or a pair of binoculars and gaze at celestial wonders like never before. Rural areas such as the Black Mountains or Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve nearby offer some of the best spots.


Activities Beyond the Stars

Pair your night-time adventures with daytime explorations of a host of historic attractions. Visit the iconic Hereford Cathedral, housing the ancient Mappa Mundi and Chained Library. Explore the bustling local markets and quaint shops. Discover a local cider house, and indulge in some cider to sample the region’s renowned craft drinks.

A Restful Retreat

After an evening spent marvelling at the stars, possibly from the extravagance of an outdoor hot tub, you can take advantage of all the amenities our big houses have to offer large families and friends – games rooms, catering kitchens, party rooms, and I the case of High Cloud Farm, a heated pool too!


Whether you come to soak up the atmosphere or to witness the cosmic spectacle above, Hereford & the Wye Valley is the perfect place for a unique weekend break. Embrace the captivating dark skies and uncover the rich history and culture that this picturesque English gem has to offer. Get in tuch with Big House Holiday Lets and let us choose the best house to suit your requirements for a wonderful break for up to 30 family and friends.