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Living in Hereford

Fortified in the early part of the 7th century by Saxon settlers as a defence against the marauding Welsh, Hereford is an ancient city that is dominated by Hereford Cathedral. The cathedral houses some of the finest examples of architecture from Norman times to the present day, including the renowned Chained Library and the famous Mappa Mundi, a unique map of the world drawn around AD 1300. The magnificent cathedral also hosts Europe’s oldest music festival, the Three Choirs Festival, every three years.

An important market centre, Hereford is located in the middle of the county and has excellent road and rail connections.

The central open space hosts a range of events including the popular farmers’ markets and general market, and is bordered by a comprehensive range of shopping opportunities including the covered ‘Butter Market’.

Famous for cattle, sheep, cider and hops, the locally produced food and drink are of high quality and an increasingly important element in the lifestyle of Herefordshire, so it is hardly surprising there are many sophisticated restaurants in the region.

Hereford is complimented by the thriving and historic market towns of Monmouth, Ross on Wye, Ledbury, Leominster, Ludlow and Hay on Wye, all of them offering excellent shopping, recreational amenities and schooling. With the River Wye meandering through stunning unspoilt countryside, awash with artisan makers and producers, beguiling black and white villages, and a whole host of year round events, festivals and activities, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy.

Places of interest

  • Hereford Cathedral – chained library and Mappa Mundi
  • Belmont Abbey
  • Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
  • The Old House
  • The Waterworks Museum
  • The Cider Museum
  • Hampton Court Castle & Gardens
  • The Weir Garden
  • Holloways
  • Abbey Dore Court Garden
  • Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum

Local authority

  • Herefordshire Council
    35 Hafod Road
    HR1 1SH
    01432 26000


Hereford owes its origins to its strategic military position on the north bank of the River Wye. Taking advantage of a large gravel mound overlooking a reliable fording place across the river, Saxon settlers fortified the site as a defence against the marauding Welsh during the early part of the 7th century.

Its military role was expanded following the Norman conquest in 1066 and in the 13th century the castle was extended and a twelve foot high, sandstone perimeter wall with six gatehouses replaced the existing earth and timber palisade. The city's military importance eventually declined only to be replaced by a growing emphasis on the wool trade.

Following the Civil War the city retained its influence as the regional centre of a thriving agricultural community which produced the famous Hereford breed of cattle, the Ryelands sheep and many improved varieties of apple and pear.

Getting to Hereford


  • Leominster - 13 miles
  • Ludlow - 23 miles
  • Ledbury - 15.5 miles
  • Cheltenham - 44 miles
  • Birmingham - 57 miles
  • Monmouth - 20 miles
  • Newport - 45 miles
  • Chepstow - 36 miles
  • London - 147 miles


  • Frequent trains from Hereford to Newport taking 50 mins and Crewe taking 1 hr 30 mins


  • Bristol International Airport (47 miles – 1hr 30 mins)
  • Cardiff International Airport (53 miles – 1hr 33 mins)
  • Birmingham International Airport (65 miles – 1 hr 20 mins)

Taxi/chauffeur services

  • Blue Line Taxis
    1 Burcott Road
    01432 263000
  • High Town Taxis
    Mortimer Road
    01432 354321


Situated within the beautiful surroundings of Herefordshire our local schools offer first class education, where traditional values underpin a dynamic forward thinking approach in a place where lifelong friendships are forged.

Primary Schools

  • Hereford Cathedral Junior School
    28 Castle Street
    HR1 2NW
    01432 363511

Secondary Schools

  • Hereford Cathedral Senior School
    Old Deanery
    Cathedral Close
    HR1 2NG
    01432 363522
  • Monmouth School
    Alms House Street
    NP25 3XP
    01600 713143


Bars and restaurants


  • Castle House
    Castle Street
    HR1 2NW
    01432 356321
  • Thai Gallery
    48-49 Broad Street
    HR4 9AR
    07810 882721


  • Gilbies
    4 St Peters’ Close
    HR1 2BL
    01432 277863
  • Saxtys
    33 Widemarsh Street
    HR4 9EA
    01432 357872
  • The Stag
    HR5 3RL
    01544 230221

Hospitals and medical practices

  • Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust
    Stonebow Road
    HR1 2BN
    01432 355444
  • Nuffield Hospital, Hereford
    Venn’s Lane
    HR1 1DF
    01432 355131

Theatres and cinemas

  • The Courtyard Theatre
    Edgar street
    HR4 9JR
    01432 346 500
  • Odeon Cinema
    Commercial Road
    HR1 2BJ
    0870 22 44 007