History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Herefordshire is a primarily rural county, blessed with broad, open pastures and green hills. Apart from the cattle and cider industres, Herefordshire is home to some of the lovliest examples of half-timbered Tudor and Jacobean buildings anywhere in Britain.
Moving back in time from Old House, the Coningsby Medieval Museum on Widemarsh Street is a museum on the site of a 13th Dominican friary. The museum highlights the history of the chivalric knightly Order of St. John. In the garden is the only surviving open air preaching cross in the country.
Though these attractions are interesting, it is the Cathedral that draws most visitors to Hereford. The Cathedral was begun in the 11th century, and it contains superb Gothic architectural detail.
The prize possession of the Cathedral is the Mappa Mundi, dating from the 13th century - one of the very earliest maps still in existence. The Mappa Mundi is contained in Hereford Cathedral's world famous Chained Library, which houses over 1500 volumes dating all the way back to the 8th century.
During the medieval period, books were so valuable that they were chained and locked to prevent them from "disappearing". Hereford's Chained Library is the largest in the world to survive completely intact.
For an introduction to Hereford you can take in a guided city walk. These walks depart daily between May and September from the Shirehall forecourt and last from 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Obtain tickets for the tours from the Tourist Information Centre.
Address: Hereford, Herefordshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: SO508 399
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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The Old House - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Hereford Cathedral - 0.2 miles (Cathedral)
Cider Museum and King Offa Distillery - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Coningsby Medieval Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Waterworks Museum, Hereford - 0.6 miles (Museum)
Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum - 0.7 miles (Museum)
Rotherwas Chapel - 2 miles (Historic Church)
Breinton, St Michael Church - 2.2 miles (Historic Church)
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