Hereford Travel Guide

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Hereford Highlights

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     Cathedral, architecture, history 

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     None that I came across 

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     Amongst the orchards lies a place of pilgrimage... 

Hereford Things to Do

  • All Saints

    Quite apart from having an entirely excellent cafe inside, this church is interesting in itself.The original All Saints church (1200) may have been destroyed in an earthquake (yes, we do have them in the UK!), so the present building is its rebuilding (1330). Until recent restoration in the 1990s the large spire was leaning and, in later years, had...

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  • Edward Elgar

    Sir Edward Elgar is a famous English composer, perhaps best known for his 'Enigma Variations' and his 'Pomp and Circumstance' march.He was born in 1857 in a small village in nearby Worcestershire, and throughout his life found inspiration for his music in the landscape around him. He and his family ived in Hereford from 1904 to 1911. He died in...

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  • Visit the cathedral.

    Hereford's cathedral not as massive or as imposing as many English Medieval cathedrals, but it is just as ancient and contains many things of interest.When you look at it, remember that it was built (largely in the 12th - 13th centuries) by men who had no power tools, no metal scaffolding (they used wood) and no computers....they just used their...

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  • See the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library

    While visiting Hereford Cathedral, one thing you must do is go and see the Mappa Mundi. The map, dating from around 1300, is a stunning depiction of the world as it was seen both geographically and spiritually.The map is drawn on calf skin and is extremely fragile. Quite rightly, it is supervised at all times and kept in a dark room with just...

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  • Mappa Mundi

    The Mappa Mundi is a 13th century map of the world drawn on a sheet of vellum 64 x 54 inches and supported by an oak frame. The actual map is contained in a circle 52 inches in diameter, mostly written and drawn in black ink with red and gold leaf used for emphasis with rivers and seas in blue or green apart from the Red Sea which is depicted in...

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  • Hereford Cathedral

    There has been a place of worship on the site of the cathedral since at least the 8th Century but the oldest part of any building surviving today is from the 11th Century Bishops Chapel.The Norman Cathedral (most of which survives today) was constructed between 1107 - 1158There is no entry fee for the cathedral just a collection box with a sugested...

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  • Hereford Cathedral

    The current Romaneque cathedral that stands today was built back in 1158. On visiting the cathedral, I noticed that a lot of restoration work was being conducted on the external structure so I hurried along inside to take a look around.The cathedral interior is very atmospheric and also very visitor-friendly. Each section of the cathedral has a...

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  • Hereford Library and Museum

    Housed in the Victorian library building with an adjoining art gallery, Hereford's small museum on the first floor of the building illustrates how the city and county of Herefordshire have changed through various historical eras. There are many of artifacts to view including costume, coinage and even stuffed animal exhibits. Admission is free.

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  • Bridge over the River Wye

    This great old road bridge was built in 1490, and had a gate that was demolished in 1782. The bridge was widened in 1826. There is a lovely path running alongside the river from end furthest away from town. From here you can get some great views of the Bridge and Cathedral.

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  • The Chained Library

    The Hereford Chained Library is the most perfect known example of an early Jacobean library. Its original fittings include hasps, battle-axe lock plates, and handmade nails, rods, sockets, desks, seats and index boards. The books are arranged on three tiers of shelves in oak bookcases, the most famous of which date from 1611.This collection of...

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  • Mappa Mundi

    The Mappa Mundi is a unique map of the World dating back from the 13th Century. It's the only complete wall map of Earth to have survived from the Middle Ages. The Map and exhibition are on display in Hereford Cathedral. Here you can also see a display of Ancient chests, excellent information boards about the history of the map and the famous...

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  • Visit the Cathedral

    Hereford Cathedral is one of the biggest Cathedrals I have seen. This beautiful building is Grade I listed and dates back from 1079 and has an extensive history behind it. Its most famous treasure is Mappa Mundi, a mediæval map of the world dating from the 13th century. I didn't have time to look inside the Cathedral on my last visit to Hereford...

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  • The Old House

    The Old House is situated right in the Centre of Hereford amidst the modern shopping precinct of the City. It is a lovely, well preserved 17th Century timber framed house and serve as a reminder of times gone by.It was built in 1621 and was the home to a local butcher and was formerly in the hands of Lloyds Bank up until 1929 when it became a...

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  • How Haunted is Herefordshire?

    HOW HAUNTED IS THE COUNTY?The county has certainly been placed on the “paranormal” map since the Hereford Paranormal Group began investigating sightings and reports back in 2006. It is hardly surprising that a county that is steeped with so much history has reports of those from the past apparently attempting to re-visit.With well over 50 sites,...

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  • Haunted Hereford website

    Heard about this website on Wyvern Fm a few weeks ago,I thought I would take a look at it and I have't to admit the website is brilliant for visitors to Hereford,it has all of Hereford's hauntings on it and historic buildings, history, D.I.Y ghost walk etc,its a real good, informative website!www.haunted-hereford.co.uk

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Hereford Restaurants

  • Local pub 2: beer and better food.

    I spotted this place on my way to Hereford Cathedral and determined that I'd eat there on the way back....or at least have a beer.The Grapes is made up of three old buildings, two from the 1600s and one from the 1700s. They have long been knocked through to make one pub.I liked the interior very much: old beams and squashy sofas, a pool table and...

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  • Local pub ..beer and food.

    The 'Imperial' is a classic 'black-and-white' pub right in the centre of Hereford. I know how hard it is to find anything but ethnic food and takeaways on a Sunday evening anywhere in the UK ,so I'd planned to have a proper 'Sunday dinner' when I arrived in Hereford prior to checking into my accommodation. The Imperial was the first place I came...

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  • Cafe in a church!

    I'm used to finding cafes attached to cathedrals, and to redundant churches being taken over as restaurants etc....but this is the first functioning (and rather lovely) church I have ever seen with a large cafe inside, serving not only coffee/tea and cakes but proper hot food. They even hire themselves out for parties, wedding receptions and so...

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  • Great Ambience and food

    The Jalsagoor Indian Restaurant is situated in the heart of Hereford City Centre. It offers fantastic food, a great atmosphere and speedy service. We had a selection of dips and Poppadoms to start then I had chicken Jalfrezi with Pilau rice, this was probably one of the best curries I've ever had, it was delicious. We visited in December, after our...

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  • Great food

    The Summer Palace is a great little restaurant situated right in Hereford Town Centre. You can order separate meals off the menu or if you fancy a bit of everything I would highly recommend the 'All you can eat A La Carte Buffet' at £13.95 per person. For the one price you are given a selection of starters off the menu such as Prawn toast, spare...

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  • Absolutely classic tea-room.

    Wonderful place!Courteous service, tables with proper tablecloths and proper chairs........proper loose-leaf tea served in china cups, lump sugar, lovely sandwiches, superb home-made cakes (and large portions). They do home-made soups and jacket potatoes as well.All at extremely reasonable prices. A hundred times better quality (food, drink and...

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Hereford Transportation

  • Train to Hereford

    Hereford can be reached quite easily by train. Regular services run from and to Birmingham New Street and London Paddington.The trip from Birmingham New Street takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. The train passes through some scenic areas including the Malvern hills and picturesque town of Great Malvern.

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  • Getting to and around Hereford

    Hereford is the regional hub for the railways and can be reached from almost anywhere in the UK -- it's 3.5 hours from London and an hour from Birmingham and Bristol. Many buses operate locally, including buses to Symonds Yat, Hay on Wye, and Brecon. Taxis can be found near Eign Gate

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  • Hereford Railway Station

    Trains from here go to London Paddington via Malvern, Worcester, Oxford and Reading; Birmingham New Street via Malvern, Worcester, and Bromsgrove; Shrewsbury via Ludlow; and to the south South Wales.

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Hereford Local Customs

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    by aaaarrgh Written Dec 3, 2005

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    Herefordshire is one of England's cider counties. It is particularly noted for growing 'Perry' pears for pear cider ~ known as 'Perry'. The old Perry pear industry is gradually being revived in the counties around Herefordshire. Unfortunately it is not easy to buy Perry in shops, so watch out for Food and Drink Festivals, such as the one that takes place in nearby Ludlow each September.

    I first came across bottles of Perry at the Cardiff Food & Drink Festival in July. It is a really pleasant taste and very drinkable, less sweet than most apple ciders. And it is usually quite strong too!

    There is a Cider Museum in Hereford and another a few miles out of the city. And Hereford advertises a Cider Route through the county. When I visited the town in November there was a strong smell of ripe and rotting apples ~ lots of apple trees and orchards there.

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Hereford Warnings and Dangers

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    by KittyLou Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    We had an on time journey to Hereford but going back towards Worcester and Oxford took forever. We spent a long, long time at the Hereford station, including watching this long frieght train of coal from Wales go by.

    Regular commuters said the service from Hereford is dreadful. I pity anyone who must waste 2 - 3 hrs daily waiting. At least I had a book with me to read, as an experienced UK rail traveler.

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Hereford Off The Beaten Path

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    Wonderful Gurney stove

    by leics Written Dec 28, 2008

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    Don't miss these rather impressive bits of Victoriana.

    4 massive heaters .......'Gurney' stoves.........heat the cathedral, and they are still in use. They are still, in fact, the only form of heating.

    They date from 1867, and were originally powered by coke (a manufactured form of coal). Since 1898 they have been powered by gas....and still give off a tremendous amount of heat!

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Hereford Sports & Outdoors

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    by DUNK67 Updated Sep 24, 2004

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    I have only ever been to Hereford to watch a football match. I went to watch Hereford United play Wolverhampton Wanderers in an FA Cup match. From what I remember Wolverhampton won.
    The one thing that sticks in my mind is Herefords tradition of parading a bull around the pitch before the match as it`s their mascot.

    Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
    Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.

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