National Trust The Weir Garden, Nr Hereford

River Wye in the summer with green banks and trees

The history of The Weir Garden dates to Roman times; however,
the garden visitors see today is predominantly a 1920s vision, inspired and
created by Roger Parr. Parr was responsible for many of the features in the
garden including the retaining wall, the rustic hut and boathouse, which is rare survival from this era.

The riverside garden is left natural with many wildflowers in summer, snowdrops in winter and daffodils in spring. At the bottom of the garden, there’s a small woodland to explore and for those who love wildlife, seventy species of bird have been spotted here as well as the odd otter sighting.
On a sunny day, it’s not uncommon to see a ballet of swans passing through as well as one or two canoeists, enjoying one of the most picturesque rivers in the UK, the Wye. Visitors are always welcome to bring along a picnic whilst they sit and enjoy the stunning views.

The bird hide provides a quiet space to sit and watch garden birds on feeders and just across the car park is the walled garden which once would have served a purpose supplying the mansion with fruit and vegetables. The three-sided walled garden takes in more impressive views of the estate and houses an impressive seventy-foot Foster & Pearson glasshouse with grapes, figs, tomatoes and succulents growing inside.

How to find and contact us

The Weir Garden is located 5 miles west of Hereford on the A438.

  • Address: The Weir Garden, Swainshill, Hereford HR4 7QF
  • Telephone: 01981 590509
  • email: theweir@nationaltrust.org.uk