Hereford Cathedral

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Hereford Cathedral information

Location
Hereford , England
Address
5 College Cloisters
Telephone
+44 1432 374200
More information
www.herefordcathedral.org
Prices
cathedral entry by £5 donation, Mappa Mundi £6
Opening hours
9.15am to evensong, Mappa Mundi 10am-5pm Mon-Sat May-Sep, to 4pm Mon-Sat Oct-Apr, evensong 5.30pm Mon-Sat, 3.30pm Sun
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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 (www.3choirs.org), shared with Gloucester and Worcester Cathedrals.

In the cloisters you'll find an atmospheric cafe.