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discover the top things to see and do in Hereford 

Best known for its outstanding natural beauty, Hereford is an idyllic cathedral city nestled in the countryside between the Wye valleys and remote Malvern Hills. Stroll along the River Wye, walk through the lush landscape, and discover everything from castle ruins to Tudor mansions. See the treasured cathedral, visit one of the many museums, or eat out at first-class restaurants. Whatever takes your fancy, Hereford is the ideal place to relax and unwind.

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1 From Venice To Jerusalem

In 1483 Bernhard Von Breydenbach, a German clergyman, set off on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that would result in the publication of one of the most extraordinary early printed books - the Peregrinatio In Terram Sanctam. Following conservation, the book's most spectacular pages are displayed alongside other early books from the Chained Library.

When: Feb 1-Apr 1, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, last adm 3.30pm
Where: Hereford Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Hereford, Worcestershire. HR1 2NG
Contact: +44 (0)1432 374200
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2 Citizen Fish

The remarkable tenacity of this ska punk band - they've been together since 1990 - suggests they must be doing something right on a personal level. An offshoot of the better-known Subhumans, they write songs with themes of anti-consumerism and vegetarianism. This gig is in aid of No Herefordshire Cull, a group which aims to protect badgers.

When: Feb 25, 7.30pm-12midnight
Where: Booth Hall, East Street, Hereford. HR1 2LW
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3 The Hop Project

Whilst the story of East End hop-pickers and their annual summer exodus to Kent is well known, there is less understanding of the role of hop-picking in other areas. This art installation, conceived and produced by General Public artists Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman, explores hop production and agricultural migration in the West Midlands.

When: Mon-Sun, times vary, ends Mar 19
Where: The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts, Edgar Street, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 9JR
Contact: +44 (0)1432 340555
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The Weir Garden.
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4 National Trust: The Weir Garden

In spring the Weir comes into its own, with snowdrops, daffodils and other bulbs making an appearance. It's time to wrap up warm and take a brisk walk alongside the River Wye. At this time of year the gardeners are busy preparing the walled garden, and selling winter produce, such as leeks, kale, round winter radish, chard and Jerusalem artichokes.

When: Jan 14-29, Nov 11-Dec 2, Sat & Sun 10.30am-4pm, shop 11am-3pm, Jan 30-Nov 6, Mon-Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, shop Feb 1-Nov 6, 11am-3pm, ends Oct 31
Where: National Trust: The Weir Garden, Swainshill, Hereford, Worcestershire. HR4 8BS
Contact: +44 (0)1981 590509
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5 Cider Museum & King Offa Cider Brandy Distillery

The extensive collections - housed in a former cider factory - cover every aspect of the cider-making process from advertising material to presses, bottling equipment and drinking accessories. The shop sells an extensive range of ciders and related products, and a tea room offers light refreshments.

When: Mon-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, open every Sun on Bank Holiday weekends
Where: Cider Museum & King Offa Cider Brandy Distillery, Pomona Place, Ryeland Street, Hereford, Worcestershire. HR4 0LW
Contact: +44 (0)1432 354207
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6 The Left Bank Village

This stunning building, set on the banks of the River Wye, is far more than just a wedding and event venue. The De Koffie Pot Coffee House overlooking the Riverside Courtyard offers live music, gallery space and a range of classes and clubs, whilst the Hot Tin Roof Bar and the Speakeasy nightclub offer DJ and comedy nights, and pop up restaurants.

When: De Koffie Pot Mon-Thu, Sun 9am-11pm, Fri & Sat 9am-1am, Hot Tin Roof Bar Fri & Sat 9am-1am, Speakeasy Fri & Sat 8pm-3am, ongoing
Where: Hereford Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford. HR4 9DG
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7 Kenchester Water Gardens

A disabled-friendly specialist centre which holds the National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies. The six-acre gardens consist of landscaped pools containing tropical and cold-water fish whilst indoors there is an aquarium holding brightly coloured fish, plus turtles, frogs, toads, newts, crabs, giant African land snails and other exotics.

When: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm inc shop, shop Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, tea room Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, ongoing
Where: Kentchester Water Gardens, Church Road, Lyde, Hereford. HR1 3AB
Contact: +44 (0)1432 270981
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8 Belmont Abbey

A monastic community with a strong tradition of hospitality, which was founded in 1859. The Abbey Church welcomes drop-in visitors, with residential and day retreats also available. There is disabled access and toilet facilities, and the abbey shop sells books, cards and religious items. Light refreshments are on sale at nearby Hedley Lodge.

When: Mon-Sun 6am-9pm, shop Mon-Sat 2pm-5pm, also after Mass on Sun, ongoing
Where: Belmont Abbey, Ruckhall Lane, Belmont, Hereford. HR2 9RZ
Contact: +44 (0)1432 374710
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File photo dated 27/09/13 of apples on a tree as apple growers hope a late but bountiful season will be met with renewed enthusiasm from consumers wanting to support local producers post Brexit. TICKETED

9 The Chase Distillery Tasting Tour

A guide shares insights into traditional mashing, fermenting and distilling processes, followed by a tour of the bottling line, where every bottle is still filled and sealed by hand. View the fields and orchards, before heading back to Chase Bar for a tutored tasting and shop visit. Not suitable for under 18s.

When: Tue-Thu 2pm, Fri 12noon & 3pm, Sat 12noon, ongoing
Where: Chase Distillery, Preston Wynne, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR1 3PG
Contact: +44 (0)1432 820455
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