Rotherwas Chapel

Free Entry

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


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 - August 15th 2019 2.30pm

All are welcome at this mass to the Blessed Virgin, to whom Rotherwas Chapel is dedicated. The Bishop of Belmont Abbey will return again this year to conduct the Mass. Please note there is very limited seating available, please bring a folding chair.

Chapel Housekeeping

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. 

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 Tuesday 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.

Midsummer Music

June 22nd 2019 at 6.45pm

The Friends of Rotherwas Chapel present Ethelbert Consort, directed by Jon Weller performing a broad programme including Elgar's Evening Scene, a piece of music thought to have been inspired by the Rotherwas Estate and its peaceful position along the river Wye. They will be joined by soloist George Glyn-Jones.

Refreshments available. Please note there is very limited seating available, please bring along a folding chair to ensure a seat. Please be aware there are no toilet faciities at the chapel.


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