Rotherwas Chapel

Free Entry

Exterior - any reasonable time. Interior - collect key from 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.

Don't Miss

Chapel Open Event Sunday 12 September 2-4 pm

We are delighted to confirm that our team of expert Rotherwas Chapel Volunteers will be on hand to talk about the history of the site and answer any questions you might have. Entry is free but booking is advisable.

Parking, café and toilet facilities are available at WW1 building -Warehouse 701, Fordshill Road, HR2 6NS. Special car parking arrangements are in place. For further information and to book your timed ticket please ring Barbara on 01432 870696 or email



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.

Chapel Open Day

Sunday 25th October 2020 2pm - 4pm
Join the Friends of Rotherwas Chapel for a chance to explore this hidden gem on the outskirts of Hereford. Free entry by timed ticket, booking is advised - click here for tickets.
'step into englands story