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Hereford is a cathedral city and county town of Herefordshire, England. It lies on the River Wye, approximately 26 km east of the border with Wales. With a population of 59,000 it is the largest settlement in the county.
The name “Hereford” is said to come from the Anglo-Saxon “here”, an army or formation of soldiers, and the “ford”, a place for crossing a river. If this is the origin it suggests that Hereford was a place where a body of armed men forded or crossed the Wye. The Welsh name for Hereford is Henffordd, meaning “old road”, and probably refers to the Roman road and Roman settlement at nearby Stretton Sugwas.
An early town charter from 1189 granted by Richard I of England describes it as “Hereford in Wales”. Hereford has been recognised as a city since time immemorial.
Hereford is home to H P Bulmer, cider and alcoholic beverages producer of the well known Woodpecker Cider and Strongbow Cider.
The annual Three Choirs Festival, originating in the 18th century and one of the oldest music festivals in the British Isles, is held in Hereford every third year, the other venues being Gloucester and Worcester.
Sights in Hereford
The Cathedral dates from 1079 and contains the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the 13th century which was restored in the late 20th century.
The Old House, Hereford is an historic black and white house in the centre of High Town in Hereford. It is now a museum about life in the Jacobean era of the 1600s when it was built.
The Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, housed in a Victorian Gothic building and opened in 1874, presents artefacts, fine art, and decorative art associated with the local area.
Hereford Cider Museum
The Hereford Cider Museum is in the city, with a shop, and an interactive guide to producing the drink. It is a registered Charity Trust founded in the early 1970s by people who wanted to record the past, and also the disappearing traditional art of cider making that had been practiced for generations on the farms in the “Cider Counties”. Situated in an old cider factory, it opened in 1980.
Where is Hereford in England ?
The historic county of Herefordshire is located in the West Midlands region of England. Situated on the Welsh border, the region is the perfect place to experience the far western corner of the country. The cathedral city of Hereford lies in the centre of the county, surrounded by small communities throughout the area. Experience the peace and quiet of the rural West Midlands with a holiday to Herefordshire. Enjoy green pastures, rolling hills and Hereford cattle in this charming county. With a number of quaint farm houses and bed and breakfasts, the region offers a rural retreat in western England
Herefordshire accommodation is spread across the county in a variety of locations. From the city centre to the rural outskirts, we have a number of hotels in scenic settings. Enjoy the county’s main city with a stay in one of the many lodges in and around Hereford. Explore the naturally beautiful Wye Valley in a bed and breakfast in the quaint town of Ross-On-Wye to the south of the county. In the north, choose a farm house in Leominster to experience the peace and quiet of the English country side.
As one of England’s 39 historic county’s, Herefordshire is abundant in heritage and culture. Ideally located on the English Welsh border, the area has seen many battles between the two countries. Delve in to the region’s deep past with a visit to one of the many historic sites and museums.
The historic county of Herefordshire is full of things to see and do. With over 130 castles in the region, holidaymakers are spoilt for choice. Begin you historic journey with a visit to the cathedral city of Hereford. Here you will find the longstanding Hereford Castle with over 1,000 years of history.
While exploring Hereford, keep an eye out for the city’s most famous export, Hereford beef cattle. The docile breed has been exported to the United States, South America and Australia but can still be found throughout the agricultural areas of its home county. See the cattle up close and personal with a drive through the country side or taste them for yourself with a juicy steak at the local pub.
In addition to cattle, Herefordshire is also famous for its fruit orchards. Take a tour of one of the many pear and apple orchards and sample the fresh produce for yourself. Indulge with a glass of the county’s local cider while you’re at it.
For more natural attractions, travel to the scenic Wye Valley near the town of Ross-On-Wye. The United Kingdom’s fifth largest river, the River Wye, flows through the region. Regarded as area of outstanding natural beauty, the southern part of the county is well worth exploring. Embark on a scenic walk along the river to experience the surrounding wilderness. Differently, discover the river by boat with a kayaking or canoeing tour.
Another area of outstanding natural beauty can be found in the Malvern Hills to the east of the county. Located near the Welsh border, the area is abundant in lush greenery and scenic surrounds. While you’re here, visit the Eastnor Castle to experience the best of the region. Surrounded by the stunning Malvern Hills, the well maintained grounds are home to deer and other native animals. Browse the beautiful gardens and enjoy the peace and quiet of Herefordshire.
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