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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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Soldiers of the Army Fire Service in action during the Second World War. TICKETED

2 World War II - Life And Fire Fighting At The Rotherwas Munitions Factory

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 19 & 26 2017
Where: Waterworks Museum: Hereford, Broomy Hill, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 0LJ
Contact: +44 (0)1432 361147
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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

3 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 & Sat 12noon & 3pm, ongoing
Where: Chase Distillery, Preston Wynne, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR1 3PG
Contact: +44 (0)1432 820455
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4 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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5 Heineken Comedy Club

Camp yet approachable comedy is Stephen Bailey's USP, and he will have you roaring along as he delights with anecdotes about ill-fated dates, comments from his school-leavers notebook and reflections on social media. He is joined by Irish funny-man Jarlath Regan and slick joker Alex Smith.

When: Mar 31, 8pm
Where: The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts, Edgar Street, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 9JR
Contact: +44 (0)1432 340555
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6 Belmont Abbey

Mark the season of Lent by visiting this monastic community, 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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7 Mayor's Parlour And City Chambers

Hereford Town Hall, which dates from 1904, is a very fine Edwardian building. The Mayor's Parlour is open by appointment and houses a collection of silverware dating from as far back as 1189. An extraordinary list of all Mayors and Bailiffs since 1382 can be viewed on the landing.

When: Mon-Fri, see website for details, adv booking essential, ongoing
Where: Hereford Town Hall, Town Hall, St. Owen Street, Hereford. HR1 2PJ
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The Weir Garden.
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8 National Trust: The Weir Garden

In spring the Weir comes into its own, with daffodils and other bulbs making an appearance. It's time to wrap up warm and take a brisk walk alongside the River Wye. The tea-tent is open, so after your walk you can enjoy a hot drink, soup or some locally produced cake.

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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9 The Black And White House Museum

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. The collection of English oak furniture is internationally important. Hands-on activities for younger visitors include puzzles and replica clothing.

When: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, ongoing
Where: The Black And White House Museum, High Town, Hereford. HR1 2AA
Contact: +44 (0)1432 260694
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10 Rule The World: Take That Tribute

Amongst the myriad of Take That tribute bands, Rule The World really do rule the pack - they've even met and been praised by their heroes. The show is an accurate portrayal of a Take That concert and features all the biggest hits including Never Forget, Greatest Day, Back For Good and many more.

When: Mar 31, 8pm, doors
Where: Hereford Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford. HR4 9DG
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