Tour and Tourist Information Guide for the Market Town
of Kington in the County of Herefordshire
Kington, a small historic market town on the English/Welsh border mentioned as 'Chingtune' in the Doomsday Book, is a natural focus for walkers. To the north, Offa's Dyke Path and the Mortimer Trail bounder the beautiful scenery of Mortimer Country. Offa's Dyke Path continues to the south, with the Black Mountains and the River Dore on either side of the splendid walking country of the Golden Valley, connecting with the Wye Valley Walk in the book town of Hay-on-Wye. Before the Industrial Revolution, Kington owed its importance to its agricultural base and its strategic line of communication between England and Wales.
The Town Hall, or Market House, in Bridge street, was erected in the year 1654, by the celebrated John Abel, for Philip Holman, Esq., who was at that time lord of the manor. This building was taken down in the year 1820, and the present one erected by Edmund Watkins Cheese, Esq., the then lord of the manor, with the old materials. The erection of the hall cost £500.
The west end of Kington is dominated by the tall clock tower commemorating Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. Adjacent to this is Kington's Museum. Standing high on a hill overlooking Kington is St. Mary's Church.
Kington is an ideal touring centre to explore both England and Wales, whether on foot or by car you could start of your exploration of the Black and White Village Trail, a circular route of forty miles which can be joined at any point. It features the un spoilt villages of north-west Herefordshire each unique in character but all containing fine examples of timber framed buildings. There are many varied opportunities for walking including the Mortimer Trail, from Kington-Ludlow. The town possesses a most attractive riverside recreation ground which houses the town's cricket club and is the venue for many local outdoor events, the Golf Club's 18-hole course on Bradnor Hill is said to be the highest in England and Wales, over 390 meters above sea level. St. Mary's Church stands high on a hill overlooking Kington and visitors approaching from the town enter the churchyard through an elegant 18th century lych gate.
There is good hill walking with lovely views from Hergest Ridge and Bradnor Hill. At Hergest Croft Gardens, there are four distinct gardens, extending over fifty acres, a treat for all gardeners. You can enjoy creative breaks in the area - learning to draw or paint and for the family the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre is an award-winning attraction which wins back visitors time and time again.
Kington is delightfully situated and embosomed in a fertile valley on the borders of Radnorshire, and almost surrounded by water, having the river Arrow (which is famous for its superior trout) on the south side, and the Bach brook on the north and east sides. The town is intersected by the main roads leading from Hereford to Aberystwyth, Hay to Presteigne, and Radnor to Leominster, and is distant 14 miles W. of Leominster, 20 N.W. by W. of Hereford, 14 N.E. of Hay, 30 N. by N.E. of Brecon, 7 S. of Presteigne, 61/2 E. by S.E. of Radnor, 9 W. by N.W. of Weobley, 6 W. of Pembridge, 60 E. of Aberystwyth, 21 from Llandrindod, and 152 by road W. by N.W. of London.