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  • 1. History

    Hereford is an historical city and guided walking tours take visitors past many buildings of special importance. Parts of Hereford Cathedral date back as far as the 11th century, although worship has taken place on the site as far back as the 8th century.

  • 2. Now

    Hereford, in the county of Herefordshire, has a mainly pedestrianised city centre, making it a safe and easy place to visit. It has a good mix of shops, restaurants, nightlife, sports facilities, visitor attractions and historic buildings, as well as the Herefordshire College of Technology, Hereford College of Arts and Hereford United Football Club.

  • 3. Events

    Hereford Photography Festival runs from the end of October to the end of November and includes a programme of exhibitions and events across the region. The festival includes the work of many international photographers The Three Choirs Festival has been taking place since the early 18th century and rotates between the cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. Thi...Read mores is a big event in the UK’s music calendar and takes place in July and August. The Herefordshire Summer Walking Festival is held in June and offers a programme of more than 50 guided walks for members of the public to take part in, from short walks and themed walks to challenging 30-mile routes. Herefordshire Art Week takes place in September and includes open studios, workshops and exhibitions. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Hereford Cathedral displays architecture from Roman times up to the present day and contains the famous Mappa Mundi, which is a map of the spiritual world from medieval times drawn on a sheet of calf skin by 13th century scholars. The cathedral is also home to the famous Chained Library, in which books are chained together to allow them to be read but not removed. This system d...Read moreates back to the Middle Ages. Hereford Cider Museum tells the history of cider making and gives visitors a chance to see the process for themselves. The museum includes collections of cider making equipment from throughout history. Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is based in a Victorian Gothic building in the city centre and contains artefacts and artwork telling the history of the area. There are hands-on exhibits, costumes and more. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Queenswood Country Park, on the outskirts of Hereford, includes an arboretum containing over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world. Part of the park is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR). Hereford Leisure Centre contains a good selection of sports facilities including all weather pitches, an athletics track, a g...Read moreym and squash courts. Hereford Leisure Pool includes a swimming pool, a teaching pool, spa, diving pool, sunbeds and more. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Hereford Racecourse and Conference Centre, on the outskirts of the city, has facilities for business events, exhibitions and more. Hereford Buttermarket was originally opened in 1860 as a place for trading dairy products, and is now a general market containing 30 stalls selling a wide range of goods. The market is open Monday to Saturday. A farmers’ market takes place in th...Read moree city every Thursday and on the first Saturday of every month in High Town, in the city centre. Hereford Retail Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday in the High Town area and includes a wide range of stalls. The Maylord Shopping Centre contains a wide variety of shops and places to eat and drink, including many high street names. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    The A49 runs to the north and south of the city, while the A44 runs to the east and west. The M5, M50 and M4 are easily accessed from Hereford and link to the rest of the UK. It takes about three hours to drive to London. The nearest airport is Gloucestershire Airport, which is about 26 miles away and offers domestic flights. Bristol International Airport is 46 miles away and ...Read moreBirmingham International Airport is about 50 miles away. The main railway stations at Hereford and Leominster offer good services to the rest of the UK. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Courtyard is an arts centre offering live theatre, opera, pantomime, music, comedy and more. The venue also hosts regular folk clubs, art exhibitions and courses and classes for all ages in a variety of activities. The Odeon cinema is in the heart of the city centre and shows all the latest blockbuster movies.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Hereford Cathedral is an imposing building in the city and includes Romanesque Nave, the restored Shrine of St Thomas of Hereford in the North Transept, the ancient South Transept and the award-winning 20th century New Library Building. Hereford Buttermarket was opened in 1860 and is now a Grade II listed building containing an ornate clock tower.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Hereford is the birthplace of the famous Hereford Cattle, which are known all over the world. The breed, with their red coat and white face, were created in the region in the mid 1700s and are known for being hardy to hot and cold weather. They are also known for their long life span.

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