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The City

Hereford was established as a small settlement by the Saxons in the 7th century, and by 676 it was made the seat of a Bishop. With its proximity to Wales, many battles were fought between the English and Welsh at Hereford.
Around 1050 a castle was built in Hereford, to act as a base for repelling Welsh attacks, and is said to have rivalled the size and scale of Windsor Castle. By the 19th century Hereford was primarily a market town for the surrounding countryside, and today it has a population of approx 60,000


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What people are saying...
"We really fell in love with the cathedral, and spent a long time learning about the Mappa Mundi. There were lots of unique shops too - which rather slowed us down - but we bought some food and had a picnic by the river at the end - luckily the sun was shining! Great day out. Thanks."

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Curious AboutHereford is a cathedral city with the relaxed atmosphere of a country market town. Tucked away next to Wales it exudes warmth and happiness. The 12th century cathedral has a wealth of history, and is home to the Mappa Mundi, the only surviving medieval map of the world to remain intact. Visit a museum and art gallery housed in a Victorian gothic edifice. Walk down a web of narrow streets and alleyways near the famed black and white, half-timbered Jacobean Old House, or the historic Buttermarket. Sit a while in a gorgeous garden, but most of all, soak up the style!
Take our fabulous walks of discovery, and have fun finding answers to clues which tell you more, whilst reading our stories about the most interesting facts.

First Walk
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Cathedral Circular

Starting outside the imposing Hereford Cathedral, location of the world-famous Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, you next pass by references to Nell Gwynne, before passing through the architecturally absorbing Broad Street. Not much further and you arrive at High Town, a wide pedestrianised area with lots to explore. Finally, it’s back to the cathedral via Church Street – teeming with quirky shops and places to eat and drink (1 mile / 1.6 kms)

Second Walk
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Cathedral to River Wye

From the commanding Hereford Cathedral, this walk takes you rapidly out of the bustling centre via quieter roads and footpaths. Past the Old Deanery, and the superbly architected Town Hall – said to be haunted – you finally arrive at the site of Hereford’s former castle, now home to Nelson’s Column, before crossing the River Wye to meadows beyond.
(1 mile / 1.6 kms)

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