Rotherwas Chapel

Interia View of Rotherwas Chapel
Exterior view of chapel

Free Entry

Accessible Monday to Friday and the second Saturday of every month. Key available from the Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre.


Chapel Rd, Rotherwas, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 6LD

Before You Go

Rotherwas was the family chapel of the Roman Catholic Bodenham family. The originally simple medieval building has a fine Elizabethan timber roof, a rebuilt 18th century tower, and striking Victorian interior decoration and furnishings by the Pugins.

Read more about the history of the chapel.

The site is managed in association with The Friends of Rotherwas Chapel.

Don't Miss

Mass for the Assumption - Wednesday 15th August 2018, 2.30pm.

A traditional mass service led by the Abbot of Belmont. If you would like further information, please contact the friends by email:

Please bring your own chair and dress warmly. Please note there are no toilet facilities at the Chapel.

Chapel Housekeeping

One afternoon every month, the Friends of Rotherwas Chapel spend an hour checking, dusting and vacuuming the Chapel from 2pm. Visitors are welcome to come and see the Chapel and talk with the Friends.

Next dates: TBC

Before You Go

Opening Times: The exterior can be viewed during any reasonable daylight hours.

To visit the interior of the chapel you'll need to borrow the key from the Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre, Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6LA. Contact them on 01432 260750.

The key is available 10am-4pm from Monday to Friday and at the same time every second Saturday of the month.

Parking: Parking is available at the HARC, from which the new Hereford Greenway provides a scenic walk to the chapel of approximately half a mile. Alternate parking is available in the designated field adjacent to the chapel - this can be muddy in wet weather. Please close the gate.

Facilities: Nearby Hereford has facilities, shops and food outlets.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

Within a 30 minute drive is the charming church of St Mary's, Kempley, a 12th century parish church famous for its medieval wall paintings.

Goodrich Castle is also nearby. One of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles, it boasts a spectacular setting, extensive ruins and a café serving a variety of tempting treats.

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