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.
One afternoon every month, the Friends of Rotherwas Chapel spend an hour or two checking, dusting and vacuuming the Chapel. Visitors are welcome to come and see the chapel and talk with the Friends.
These open afternoons will resume as soon as it's safe to do so.
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 (HARC), Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6LA. Contact them on 01432 260750.
The key is available 9.30am-4pm from Monday to Friday.
Outside of the above days the key may be available by arrangement from Sink Green Farm between 10am - 6pm. Please call to check availability and arrange collection - 01432 870223. Sink Green Farm is located 1/2 mile to the east of the roundabout with chapel road along the B4399.
We may also be able to accommodate group visits - currently limited to groups of six or one social bubble, with one of our knowledgable volunteers who can give you an overview of the site. Please call Barbara Ferris on 01432 870696 to arrange a suitable time and date. face masks are required inside the chapel.
Please note the lane and land around the chapel is privately owned and there is no access beyond the chapel to the river either to pedestrians or vehicles. Please do not block the lane it is in constant use.
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.
Facilities: HARC has toilet and light refreshments (these may be unavailable during the current restrictions). 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.