Hereford & Herefordshire

HEREFORD AND HEREFORDSHIRE FORM PART OF THE WELSH MARCHES, A NORMAN BORDERLAND BETWEEN ENGLAND AND WALES. A RURAL COUNTY OF FARMING, CIDER PRODUCTION AND HOP GROWING, WITH PICTURESQUE VILLAGES, AND ANCIENT CHURCHES AND CASTLES.

The city of Hereford is situated in the River Wye at the heart of one of England’s most rural counties. The present Hereford Cathedral dates from Norman times and in its museum the Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world can be seen, along with the largest chain library in the world, containing some 1500 books. Though more associated with Worcester, Sir Edward Elgar lived in Hereford for a number of years and his statue surveys the cathedral.

With the Welsh border nearby, Hereford Castle once rivalled Windsor Castle in size, today it’s a pleasant park. Admiral Nelson visited Hereford and after his death the city erected its own Nelson’s Column in his honour; built more than 30 years before the more famous one in London.

In the south of the county is the town of Ross-on-Wye, the birthplace of tourism in England in the 18th century, when it was made popular by William Gilpin’s book ‘

In the north of the county are picturesque villages of timber-framed cottages which can be visited on the Black and White Trail.

To the west of the county is the Golden Valley, referred to in the film ‘Shadowlands’ about author CS Lewis.

Herefordshire has many fine churches, in some the work of 12th century craftsmen can be seen, this is known as the ‘Herefordshire School of Carving’. Kilpeck church with its many carvings is probably the finest example, while Shobdon church is an example of Strawberry Hill Rococo Gothic.

Hops are an important crop in Herefordshire, grown for brewing, and there are many apple orchards, the county being among the largest cider producers in England. Cider mills such as Westons can be visited.

Book a private tour with a Blue Badge Guide and explore this beautiful county. A tour can combine a visit to Malvern and Worcesterhire.

Admission tickets are also needed for some attractions.

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