Hereford is set at the heart of a rural county and borders the River Wye. Hereford is charming, small – and easy to walk around. It retains its farming community feel and attractive historic architecture. High Town, the city centre, holds weekly markets; the Butter Market is also located in High Town and this indoor trading area has stalls offering different products and services. The Old House, a black and white timber framed building is located in the heart of High Town and was moved from its original foundations in Butcher’s Row. A great bronze cast of the county’s other main export – Hereford Cattle – stand proudly in front of the Old House. Church Street is a beautiful cobbled street leading up to the Cathedral and houses many wonderful independent shops – however the name can cause some confusion as it is also known as Cappuchin or Cabbage Lane! Hereford Cathedral is home to the historic Mappa Mundi – a thirteenth century vellum map depicting the world with Jerusalem at its centre.
The Chained LA visit to the Mappa Mundi enables you to enjoy a rare copy of the 1217 Magna Cara as well the Chained Library with its rare printed books and 229 medieval manuscripts. Hereford really is an eclectic mix of old and new with the Cathedral, High Town with all the High Street shops and of course the River Wye. The new development, Old Market, is set to see the city grow introducting a multiscreen cinema and many new High Street favourites. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Hereford as it really does have everything you could need in a city and more.
Ross-on-Wye right at the south of Herefordshire is set in beautiful countryside. The iconic view of Ross-on-Wye, it’s sandstone cliff and the winding River Wye has been the subject of many photos and traditional Christmas Cards! At the heart of the town stands the lovely sandstone arches of the Market House which was built in the 1650s. Now home to the Visitor Centre, the local market settles under its shelter twice a week. Still packed with good independent shops, the town has retained its historic charm. Ross-on-Wye was the birthplace of the British tourist industry as Dr John Egerton started taking his friends on boat trips in 1745. By 1808 up to eight boats were making excursions on the ‘Wye Tour’. Wherever you go in Ross there are memorials to the town’s seventeenth century benefactor John Kyrle who brought a safe water supply to the town as well as improving access across the water meadows. Wander on the John Kyrle walk, relax by the river side, view the stunning horseshoe bend form the Prospect Gardens. Ross-on-Wye has so much to offer everybody who visits from its lovely independent shops to its history and charm.
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