A cathedral city with centuries of history, Hereford runs along the banks of the Wye River and snuggled up to the Welsh border; it also meanders into the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the impressive Malvern Hills. Whether you visit for Hereford Cathedral or the Three Choirs Festival, the locally-produced cider or to just soak up the atmosphere of the town, Hereford has plenty to offer along with its jumble of peaceful, picturesque streets.
Hereford Cathedral stands proud slightly to the north of the River Wye and dominates the skyline of this ancient city. Every three years, the cathedral hosts the Three Choirs Festival, one of the oldest music festivals in the world. The town centre, with the city’s main collection of shops, pubs and other services, is to the north of the cathedral with a number of its streets pedestrianised.
Also at the cathedral, you can admire the legendary Mappa Mundi, a 13th-century map of the world, which is one of the finest medieval artifacts to be found anywhere in Great Britain. Cultural attractions beyond the cathedral and its festival include the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, the Old House, and the Courtyard Centre for the Arts, which is the main theatre and performance venue in the city.
One thing you should be sure not to miss during your time in the cathedral city is the cider. Hereford and the surrounding countryside has a long tradition of cider making, and the Cider Museum is the best place to start your education. Many pubs have locally produced cider for sale, and there is even a special cycle route around the countryside between the various local cider producers.