Hereford Museum & Art Gallery
The eclectic town museum has displays on just about everything from 19th-century witches' curses to Roman antiquities.
Ultimate Left Bank
Rents open canoes to paddle along the River Wye.
This gloriously creaky black-and-white, three-storey wooden house was built in 1621. Climb upstairs for beautifully kept medieval rooms...
On a cobbled lane near the cathedral, sociable 18th-century pub 'The Lich' opens to a decked beer garden out back. Regular live-music...
A pretty, bare-boards interior, outdoor tables in the vine-draped garden and a stylish French menu – breakfast croissants, lunchtime...
5 College Cloisters · interesting places nearby
Hereford Cathedral information
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.