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“A beautiful place in England” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hereford

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Colton, New York
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80 reviews
38 helpful votes
“A beautiful place in England”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2011

Herefordshire is one of my favorite places to visit in the UK! It takes at least 3 hours from Heathrow to get to Hereford, but it's well worth it!

The area is just charming! It's not full of tourists, just regular folk going about their daily business! Hereford is a market town. 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. There is quite a bit of history here.

Hereford 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. It also contains the world famous Chained Library. I highly recommend a visit!

In nearby Madley, the village church of St Mary is one of the best known local examples of Norman architecture with gargoyles carved into the tower itself. The church is said to be linked to Cublington Castle near Shenmore via a medieval tunnel system. Cublington Castle was a frontline castle during medieval times in the Welsh Marches when the English and Welsh almost constantly fought for control of this part of England. Madley is most famous as the birthplace of Saint Dubricius, the 6th century evangelist of South Wales.

Nearby is Symonds Yat, which has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and a lovely pub! Also, there's the Shortwood Farm in nearby Bromyard which offers a lovely farm tour with a twist! In Fownhope, there's the Green Man pub which dates back to the 1400's. Lovely building and good food!

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51 reviews
63 helpful votes
“A wonderful Cathedral...but not much else”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2010

I visited Hereford for several days in September 2010, largely to see the Cathedral and its famous medieval map and chained library. These were fascinating, as I 'd hoped. However, be warned that Hereford doesn't have much else to attract the visitor. The city seems to have seen better days - it felt run-down, and facilities such as the public toilets in the town centre were in a very poor state. I'd recommend a day visit only.

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6 reviews
1 helpful vote
“Why you should go...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2008

I went to Hereford with my girlfriend for a short break a week ago and found it to be a truly excellent destination! We stayed in a wonderful little B&B just 5/10 minutes walk from the city centre and from the Train station, called the Alberta Guest House.

There was plenty for us to do in Hereford, with the vast array of shops (it was nice to see some individual/different shops instead of a city full of just the big chains), a wonderful cathedral, the Old House in the city centre, the interesting museum in the library and the amazing cider museum, which was larger than we anticipated and was full of wonderful old machinery and interesting displays (not to mention a free taste of the shop brewed cider brandy!)

Another small museum of interest was the Coningsby Hospital attached to the side of the St. John's ambulance HQ on Widemarsh Street. It is fairly hidden and due to its heritage status it is not able to advertise greatly, but it is a fascinating place to visit with the ruins of the old Black Friars monastery hidden behind it as well!

A major highlight of the trip was the tour of the city, run by the tourist information shop next to the cathedral. The tour guide was absolutely brilliant and the tour was just fascinating. I recommend it as a must for anyone visiting Hereford, and it's a bargain at just £3 for one and a half hours. The city has an incredible history to it, and the tour is excellently organised to show this in the best way possible.

Eating in Hereford was fabulous, with a number of places actually recommended to us by our wonderful tour guide Norman. Gilbies is a small hidden gem of a restaurant, sitting on the main street near The Works. The actual restaurant is behind the shops, so is only visible by a small sign above an alleyway. The food however was absolutely amazing, and the atmosphere of the place was wonderful. Also worth a mention is the Stagecoach pub that serves wonderful food at 2 for the price of 1, and ASK an Italian restaurant where, as the food is cooked from fresh, you can mix and match dishes to produce your favourite combination!

Overall, the trip to Hereford was absolutely brilliant and we can recommend it to anyone looking to get away for a few days. We'll certainly be going back again!

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