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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The Craft Gallery, a state-of-the-art gallery space on the medieval building's upper floor, displays works by eight contemporary creatives. Items for sale include Hannika Sumner's intriguing nut sculptures, stationery and textiles by Brittany Davies, hand-knits from Marissa Thereze, and ceramic sculpture dogs by William Rolls.
When: Tue-Sat 9.30am-5pm, ends Jan 31
Where: The Old Mayor's Parlour, Church Street, Hereford. HR1 2LR
Contact: +44 (0)1432 880 063
More Details: www.oldmayorsparlour.co.uk/page-info.php?title=NovDecJan
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, Dec 24, Dec 31, 12noon, shortened, closed Dec 25-27, ongoing
Where: Chase Distillery, Preston Wynne, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR1 3PG
Contact: +44 (0)1432 820455
More Details: www.chasedistillery.co.uk
Hereford's greatest treasure is a unique map constructed on a single sheet of calf skin vellum. It depicts the history, geography and destiny of humanity as it was understood in Christian Europe in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. However, the 17th-century Chained Library is also very special and includes the eighth-century Hereford Gospels.
When: From Jan 23, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, last adm 3.30pm, check Jan opening times as may be closed for cleaning, ends Mar 25
Where: Hereford Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Hereford, Worcestershire. HR1 2NG
Contact: +44 (0)1432 374200
More Details: www.themappamundi.co.uk
In 2003, the Royal Ordnance Munitions factory was discovered with a Blackstone 5-cylinder diesel engine completely abandoned during the Second World War. The engine and other artefacts now reside in the Waterworks Museum's permanent exhibition and tell the story of the Rotherwas Munitions Factory, air raids, fire fighting and life on the home front in Hereford.
When: Tue 11am-4pm, closed Dec 27 2016, Jan 3 2017, Dec 26 2017
Where: Waterworks Museum: Hereford, Broomy Hill, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 0LJ
Contact: +44 (0)1432 361147
More Details: www.waterworksmuseum.org.uk
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
More Details: www.belmontabbey.org.uk
The stunningly well-preserved Jacobean house is a remarkably grand example of a 17th century timber-framed building, and now plays host to a museum documenting life in Jacobean times perfect for a family day out. Hands-on activities for younger visitors include puzzles and replica clothing. Take a peek before it temporarily closes for refurbishment.
When: Mon & Tue, Thu-Sat 11am-4pm, Wed 10am-4pm, Mar 21-Sep 25, Sun 11am-4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1 & 2, Jan 31-Apr 17
Where: The Old House, High Town, Hereford. HR1 2AA
Contact: +44 (0)1432 260694
More Details: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums
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