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Holidays in Hereford

A vibrant market city with a taste for local fare

Memorable countryside

Hereford sits on the banks of the River Wye, surrounded by gently rolling hills and apple orchards.

It’s famous for its relaxed atmosphere and you’ll soon see why as you explore its historical, traffic-free centre, where you’ll find welcoming pubs, restaurants and cafes, and a selection of interesting independent shops. Hereford is well known for producing some of the UK’s best food and drink, from beef to cider, and many of Hereford’s chefs make the most of the ingredients on their doorstep. Don’t miss Hereford Cathedral, which is home to the Mappa Mundi, a stunning medieval map which dates back to the 13th century. The countryside around Hereford is remarkably unspoilt, and perfect for hiking, wild swimming and cycling adventures.

Hereford Cathedral

For a glimpse into the history of Herefordshire’s favourite drink, pop into the Cider Museum, housed in a former cider factory. In September, the apple harvest is celebrated with Morris dancing and cider-tasting sessions.

Much of Herefordshire’s most beautiful countryside is easily accessible from Hereford. Cycling, hiking and a range of other outdoor pursuits are a short drive away. One of the region’s most spectacular and challenging walking routes is the Wye Valley Walk, a 136-mile trail which takes you through deep valleys, gentle meadows and ancient woodland.

Near Hereford, the walk passes Capler Camp, where you’ll discover the imposing ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, with breath-taking views of the valley below.

“Hereford sits on the banks of the River Wye, surrounded by gently rolling hills and apple orchards.”

For a glimpse into the city’s fascinating history and to see some of the country’s finest examples of ancient architecture, visit Hereford Cathedral. At the award-winning Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, you’ll find a spectacular medieval map of the world and a collection of intriguing artefacts.

Meat, cheese and crops of the highest quality are produced on the agricultural land of Herefordshire, and Hereford’s restaurants have a rich tradition of turning local, seasonal ingredients into delicious meals.

For excellent coffee and a popular menu featuring all-day breakfasts and brunches, head to the cosy Diego’s Café on Bridge Street. For French dishes such as blue cheese and butternut squash tart and fresh pastries, check out La Madeleine. For homemade pies and sandwiches packed with local meat and cheese, try Hereford Deli, tucked away off St. Owen Street.

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While you’re there

Hereford Cathedral

13th century architecture presents itself in the form of Hereford Cathedral. Visit for historical knowledge on this quaint town.

Central shopping

Independent boutiques, historical buildings and a lively atmosphere. Shopping’s never been so relaxed!

The Cider Museum

Find out how the ‘golden amber’ product is produced, including the opportunity to purchase some classic Hereford cider.

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