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“Interesting Mappa - stunning Library”

Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibitions
Ranked #2 of 56 things to do in Hereford
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Owner description: The above website is currently under construction so you might try http://www.herefordwebpages.co.uk/mapmundi.shtml & http://www.herefordcathedral.org/about/archive/chained_library.html also.Thanks,David KennedyAlthough the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library are in the same location as Hereford Cathedral, they have their own purpose-built building and carry a separate admission fee.
Reviewed 23 June 2014

A rather surly 'welcome' from the ticket-seller greeted us on our Friday morning visit to the bizarre Mappa Mundi exhibition adjoining Hereford Cathedral. This small exhibition is about as extensive as you could expect given it's singular theme, but very well contexturalized. Having sat through the short film explaining some details and after peering through glass at the dimly-lit Mappa itself, it is very interesting to revisit the modern, very clear English facsimile which then begins to make sense: you could spend many a long hour just looking at all the mesmerising detail - fascinating.
The chained library on the other hand is just stunning. Admittedly it is simply a collection of manuscripts dating back to the 100's, all chained and not accessible to the public. There are however facsimiles of pages from some of the more important tomes plus a series of exhibits tying in to the Mappa Mundi illustrations which provide further insight. However, what made our visit to the Library was a conversation with the charming and erudite librarian who shares wonderful nuggets of information and learning, such a charming lady.
Our rating reflects the rather steep entry fee for the exhibition.

Thank stuatm
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Visited 2 weeks ago. No entry fee to cathedral but quite pricey for the kappa mundi and exhibits. That said it is really interesting you could spend ages looking for individual things on the map. I could've done without the guide breathing down my neck whilst looking at the map after all it is behind glass! Loved the chained library but all you want to do is touch and look at the books! Lots of history here. Loved the cathedral and the stained glass windows all really interested well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

We stopped for an overnight in Hereford to break up a long train ride from the Lake Country to the south Devon Coast. We took time the next morning to stop at the beautiful Cathedral to see the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library exhibits. It was a highlight of the entire trip. The guides were amazing, and the stories they told were memorable. I will be back to Hereford for a longer stay. There seems to be so much to do and see there.

Thank UK13traveler
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Yesterday found me in bliss spending hours in the Hereford Cathedral. While no photographs are allowed inside the climate controlled region where the Mappa of Mundi is kept, the Cathedral and this remarkable map are worth a visit and the small price of admission.

The Map was created by 13th Century scholars who interpreted their realities in terms of their spiritual experiences and understanding as well as geographical terms. In so many ways, it was a paradoxical reminder of how myopic we've become... The Chained Library, books from the 8th Century are reminders that ask us to think as well about what we are co-creating with the life and resources we're given. Accompanied by a 5- year old and a 3-year old, both children were quiet and respectful in this small space as well as in the Cathedral. It was a great reminder that when we take the time to explain to kids what really matters and how their ideas and actions carry in time, they 'get' it. Their level of comprehension is amazing.

As others have said, the cathedral itself is free, but there is an admission fee for visitors over the age of 5 to enter the library to see the Mappa Mundi.

Thank Lynnclaire D
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Very knowledgeable staff, well explained exhibitions, interesting history, good use of multi-media, a bit expensive @ £6 / adult

Thank MMH1963
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