Hereford is a small city in the English county of Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border. Intersected by the River Wye, the town is known for its role as a trading hub for the surrounding rural area, exporting products such as cider, leather goods and the renowned Hereford breed of cattle. It also serves as the county’s main hub for business, shopping and culture. Despite its small size, Hereford has an array of attractions to entertain both visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re looking for a cultural break or a sociable stay involving plenty of visits to local restaurants and pubs, Hereford is a town with lots to offer, whether you want something quiet or fancy a night out to remember.
The centre of Hereford is small enough to tour on foot, however if you fancy exploring the surrounding area, a medium-sized car is indispensable as public transport is not particularly good.
Driving in Hereford
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Important things to note
Car parking, both long and short stay, is in plentiful supply in Hereford therefore finding a space shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.
Hereford is surrounded by a number of minor roads, many of which are narrow and windy. Drivers are advised to take extra care on these routes, especially those new to the area.
If going over the border into Wales, you should be aware that many of the road signs there are written in both Welsh and English.
Highlights & Hotspots
Hereford Cider Museum is undoubtedly one of the area’s most popular attractions and is well worth paying a visit to if you’re a fan of this popular beverage. Visitors have the opportunity to watch how this apple-based drink is made and discover the ins and outs of its intriguing history. Better still, there’s even the opportunity to sample some of the cider on-site!
The Hereford Cathedral is a stunning example of Norman architecture that sits pretty in the very heart of the city. Guided tours designed to educate visitors about this impressive site take place on a daily basis. The town’s annual Three Choirs Festival is also held here, along with a number of other events and exhibitions which are guaranteed to entertain and inspire.
Inside the cathedral, you’re likely to come across one of the most important maps ever drawn – the Mappa Mundi. Drawn in the 13th century, it was one of the first ever detailed maps showing how the world looked. It has sat in the cathedral for centuries, proving to be a landmark for cartographers ever since it was etched.
Hereford does not have its own airport; therefore visitors are advised to use Birmingham International Airport, situated 66 miles north of the town.
There are no direct public transport links to this airport from Hereford, meaning that driving there is by far and away the quickest and most efficient means of getting there. The journey via the A4103 and the M5 approximately an hour and a half.