Hereford is an ancient cathedral city in Herefordshire with a picturesque centre, and in Anglo-Saxon days it was the capital of the Western part of the Kingdom of Mercia. It stands on the lovely River Wye.
The cathedral, with its Norman nave and mediaeval choir and transepts, is famous for its chained library and especially the 13th century map of the world, with Jerusalem at its centre, known as the Mappa Mundi.
Hereford has been the seat of a Bishop since 672, and is one of the cathedrals involved in the Three Choirs Festival (the others are Worcester and Gloucester).
The nearby All Saints Church has another chained library, and St. Peter’s dates back to the 12th century.
17th century buildings include the Coningsby Hospital and the spectacular Old House.
The actor David Garrick was born in Hereford, and it is believed that Nell Gwynne was also born here. Other natives of Hereford include the explorer John Blashford-Snell, the actress Beryl Reid and Albert Gamage, founder of Gamage’s department store in London.
During demolition following World War Two bomb damage, stretches of the City Wall were found, and there is a mediaeval Preaching Cross beside one of the main roads.
Hereford has a thriving cattle market, and a well known breed of cattle has the name Hereford. The city, and the county, are well known for the production of cider.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Hereford for groups.
Events in Hereford
Places in Hereford
All Saints Church, Bishops Meadow, Blackfriars, Booth Hall, Castle Green, Cider Museum, Coningsby Hospital, Edward Elgar Statue, Hereford Cathedral, Hereford Station, Mappa Mundi Exhibition, Old House, Redcliffe Gardens, Rotherwas Chapel, St. Francis Xavier Church, St. Peters Church, Victoria Footbridge, Waterworks Museum, Wye Bridge