Hereford, An English Market Town
Hereford isn't a well-known city in the UK, but as the county seat for Herefordshire, it plays a prominent role in the region. It plays host to farmers for many miles around, looking to buy and sell their livestock at the Hereford Cattle Market, as they've done for hundreds of years. Enjoy the smell of real farmyard animals mingling, their heavy scents wafting through the air. Men in tilted hats with canes ramble in secret codes, known only to farmers and CIA agents.
Hereford is not just about livestock, although the Hereford Bull is known around the world. In the UK, Hereford is known as the home to Bulmers cider, brewer of best selling brands like Strongbow and Woodpecker. Hereford is also home to the not-so-great Hereford United FC, worth seeing play for their loyal supporters, 'The Whites.' For the War obsessed or Americans, the SAS is based here. They can often be found in pubs & bars when in town, and if they don't attack you, may regale you with stories or plans for their next pre-invasion reckie.
Hereford Cathedral dominates the city, and features not only one of the few chained libraries left, but also one of the original Mappa Mundis. Sometimes the Cathedral opens it's turrets to the public, and great views can be had of the city.
Don't just visit Hereford, the surrounding area has endless natural beauty and opportunities for walks and hikes. Symonds Yat is a well-known picturesque spot on the main river in Herefordshire, the River Wye. Hay on Wye stands on the border of Herefordshire and Wales, and is home to the famous Hay on Wye book festival, as well as huge second-hand bookshops. One takes up a whole cinema! Behind Hay on Wye, lie the Black Mountains and further afield the Brecon Beacons. When cattle aren't being cremated for foot and mouth, the area is great for walks and gentle hikes.
Hereford is a cafe town and has lots to cater to all. The main high street has a traditional cafe on Commercial Street, near the main Hereford department stores, Chadds. Gilbys, off the main square near the Old House, is the top end of Herefords cafe culture. Like most cities and towns of its size, Hereford has many Indian, Chinese, and Italian restaurants.