Guide to Hereford


Hereford is a city steeped in ancient history which travels as far back from the 7th Century, sitting in a prime location within the Welsh and English borders. Right up to the modern day, its inhabitants have made use of this fine city and land that it offers. In yesteryear the Normans and first settling Saxon populations also held the area in great importance.

Hereford is a city which proudly accommodates around sixty thousand individuals in its farm-rich communities, within a bustling and busy area. By carefully mixing the intrigue of its historical past and modern day features that this pedestrian friendly city offers, it would be extremely difficult to miss the many magical elements of Hereford.

The birth of Hereford saw the earliest construction of a defensive castle and today remains of the long since removed buildings can be seen via the few lingering walled sections. A Cathedral that also represents a shrine to the saints is also packed to the rafters with amazing design and architectural interest. Situated across from the Cathedral site lays a modern day made structure which stores the Mappa Mundi, ancient maps that display understanding of the world many years ago.

Hereford was involved in many significant issues that occurred around the Norman Conquest and then continued to be a focal area in the history that represented the chaotic Middle Ages. Being an important area too when Civil War occurred, the city continued to progress into a peaceful town where markets thrived and the Cathedral was an important landmark.

Today, there is much to keep the tourist and visitor enthralled in Hereford so stopping by the Tourist Information Centre to plan an itinerary is definitely recommended. The Centre will provide expertly given information and leaflets that detail attractions in the area, all free of charge. Advice to access points of interest around the city and current costs to use these can be supplied. Visitors can enjoy daily guided tours to the city's Cathedral when not in actual use and The Chained Library has the glorious Mappa Mundi and extraordinary book collection, all situated right next door from the Cathedral.

For art lovers, the Art Gallery and City Museum is also facing the Cathedral, and is an essential port of call on any well planned tourist itinerary. Exhibition features that proudly show native crafts and ancient historical items are on display and guests can enjoy free access here and to High Town's Old House Museum.

Coningsby Hospital is located on Widemarsh Street which was constructed on the aged Knights of St. John Hospital and within its vicinity is the monastery of Blackfriars. For cider fans too, it is essential to visit the Cider Museum which is situated close to the Bulmer Cider Factory, a visit to Herefordshire would not be complete without taking in all the joys of apples and cider!

Hereford also has various sport and leisure facilities and educational establishments