If there’s one word to describe Herefordshire it’s “unspoiled”. And for once this is no exaggeration. Instead of commuter towns or conurbations there’s just the historic city of Hereford, embedded in rolling farmland and surrounded by little market towns and villages that time forgot.
Black and white half-timbered houses are a Hereford trademark, and almost every village and town has whole streets full of these rustic old buildings that go back to Tudor times or even further. The River Wye is a source of outdoor thrills in summer, while the many castles remind you that relations with Wales, the next-door neighbour, haven’t always been cordial.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Herefordshire:
The medieval Cathedral is top of the pile of things to see in Hereford, not just for its architecture but what it contains: On display inside is the Hereford Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world plotted in the 1300s and even pinpointing the Garden of Eden.
The map is on vellum (calf skin parchment) and at 158 cm by 133, it’s the largest document of its kind in the world.
See the Old House, a Jacobean timber-framed house constructed in 1621 and with a museum about Jacobean Hereford inside.
You could also check out the Victorian machinery at the riverside Waterworks, and get acquainted with a county speciality at the Hereford Cider Museum.