For a get-away to rural Britain, Herefordshire offers a wonderful opportunity. Enjoy the quiet black and white villages - an architectural trip back in time to the Tudor period, or the Golden Valley, nestled against the Black Mountains. Visit castles, historic houses, and ancient churches. Hampton Court Palace dating back to before the 15th century is a must to visit. Beside the exotic gardens, which include the Maze, island pavilions, the one hundred and fifty year old wisteria tunnel, there is also the garden shop to buy your plants and local crafts and gifts. Shop in the market towns and take a little bit of Herefordshire back home. Explore along Offas Dyke Path, following the 8th century barrier between the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and Wales. Follow the Cider Route to nine different mills producing over 60 million gallons per year. There is much much more that Herefordshire can offer for the tourist.