The Cider Museum is a social history museum housed in an original 1889 cidermaking factory. There’s far more to the building than first meets the eye, and no wonder – it’s designed to look at the whole cidermaking industry, from its earliest beginnings through to the mass production methods which exist today. Visitors can find out about methods – how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider – and about Herefordshire’s history.
The original champagne cider cellars are very atmospheric, displaying over ten thousand bottles in racks where the “Méthode Champenoise” (a bottle fermentation process used in French Champagne production) was first applied to cider in 1905. Other parts of the cellars contain a cooper’s workshop and a vat house.
Push-button oral history recordings of Bulmer’s workers are fascinating, and so too are the accompanying vintage films. Two highlights of the collection are the rare English lead crystal cider glasses dating from 1740 onwards and stunningly accurate 19th century watercolours of cider apples and perry pears.
The museum has simple interactives for children and we like to see families visiting. Group discount for parties of 15 or more and guided tours are available if booked in advance, just download the group booking form from the website. Visits to the shop and tearoom only are also welcome. We get excellent reviews for our homemade cakes, and we have been told we sell the biggest selection of craft ciders in the county!