Hereford Cathedral



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Hereford Cathedral is built on a place of worship used since Saxon times and contains fine examples of art and architecture from Norman times to the present day. It is the birthplace of the world renowned Three Choirs Festival, and houses international treasures including the famous Mappa Mundi and the largest surviving medieval chained library. The elegantly restored Cathedral Close sits at the heart of this historic city and diocese, with new social spaces, artworks and interpretation for visitors to enjoy. The world-famous Mappa Mundi is the largest surviving medieval map of the world and a unique international treasure. It records how scholars interpreted the world over 700 years ago, and contains more than a thousand drawings and inscriptions, showing cities and towns, Biblical events, plants, animals, birds, strange creatures and monstrous races. The Chained Library contains 225 illuminated manuscripts, with the earliest dating from the 8th century, and over 1,200 early printed books. These are chained to the 17th-century cases where they were housed and read.

Hereford Cathedral


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Touch facility for blind, Braille & large print info. Wheelchairs available.
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Cathedral open Apr-Nov, Mon-Sat 10-5; 4 Nov-25 Mar, Mon-Sat 10-4; Check opening times before visiting

About the area

Discover Herefordshire

Herefordshire is split in two by the River Wye which meanders through the county on its way to the Severn and the sea. Largely rural, with Hereford, Leominster, and Ross-on-Wye the major towns and cities, its countryside and ancient villages are the county’s major asset.

Visitors can take advantage of a number of the trails which will guide them through areas of interest. Those especially interested in historic village life should try the Black and White Village Trail, which takes motorists on a 40-mile drive around timber-framed villages from Leominster to Weobley (established in the 17th century and known as a centre of witchcraft in the 18th), Eardisley (where the church boasts a 12th-century carved font), Kington, Pembridge and others. Other trails include the Mortimer Trail, the Hop Trail and the Hidden Highway, which goes from Ross-on-Wye to Chester. Hereford has a small Norman cathedral, which has a great forest of pink sandstone columns lining the nave. Inside is a chained library, a 13th-century Mappa Mundi (map of the world) and one of only four copies of the 1217 version of the Magna Carta.

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