Kington activities and things to do
Kington is a town in Herefordshire and it is on the border of England and Wales. It has a strong medieval history and it was once famed for its wool trade; farming is now one of its main industries.
Landmarks include Herefordshire Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi.
It is also home to quite a few famous names. Ellie Goulding went to school there, and Mike Oldfield, the man who gave us Tubular Bells, was also born in Kington.
Getting to Kington
The nearest airports are Bristol International Airport and Birmingham International Airport.
For car travel, you’ll need to get onto the M50 motorway; the A44 bypasses the town.
There are regular train journeys from London’s Paddington Station that will take you to Herefordshire. Otherwise, you’ll need the Manchester to Wales line; you can then get a bus or taxi into Kington.
Knighton is the nearest train station and this can be accessed via the Heart of Wales line.
What’s on and where to go
Tourist attractions include the Hergest Croft Gardens, The Kington Gallery, Kington Museum, the Cider Museum and Dore Abbey.
Kington is a fantastic area for walkers and cyclists as there are numerous trails to follow, and there are plenty of hillside views to take in; the trail that the area is perhaps best known for is the Offa’s Dyke path.
The National Trust owns a number of properties in Kington, so there are plenty of stately homes to see.
As for annual events, the Kington Festival is held annually in June; the festival has a variety of events including wheelbarrow races and Gala Days. The Flavours of Herefordshire Festival is held in August, and the Nozstock Festival, which features performance, music and art, is held in Bromyard in the summer.
Every year, The Hay Festival is held over the border in Wales; it’s usually held in the summer.
Action Days arrange team activities in Herefordshire. The company arranges both indoor and outdoor events so expect anything from blindfold driving to James Bond themed evenings.
The Ultimate Activity Company is based in Hereford and offer water, land and adventure based activities.
Monnow Events are based in Herford and they arrange everything from zorbing to go karting.
The Royal Oak Inn, The Ewe and Lamb, and Ye Old Tavern are some of the best known pubs.
For meals out, try The Lion Restaurant or Taste of the Orient.
For nightclubs, there’s plenty to choose from in Hereford; try Fusion Hereford or Nightlites Entertainment.