Hereford Cathedral

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Hereford Cathedral information

Hereford , England
5 College Cloisters
+44 1432 374202
More information
cathedral entry by £5 donation, Mappa Mundi £6
Opening hours
cathedral 9.15am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, to 3.30pm Sun, Mappa Mundi 10am-5pm Mon-Sat mid-Mar–Oct, to 4pm Nov–mid-Mar
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After Welsh marauders torched the original Saxon cathedral, the Norman rulers of Hereford erected a larger, grander cathedral on the same site, which was subsequently remodelled in a succession of medieval architectural styles.

The signature highlight is the magnificent Mappa Mundi , a single piece of calfskin vellum intricately painted with some rather fantastical assumptions about the layout of the globe in around 1290. The same wing contains the world's largest surviving chained library of rare manuscripts manacled to the shelves.

Heated by four impressive Gurney stoves, the magnificent cathedral comes alive with evensong , and every three years in August it holds the famous Three Choirs Festival (, shared with Gloucester and Worcester Cathedrals.

In the cloisters you'll find an atmospheric cafe .