Hereford Cathedral, Hereford

Packed with historical curios, Hereford Cathedral is an 11th-century cathedral that houses ten bells in its 43 m (140 ft) tower. Decorative work on the arches and columns of the nave date back to the Norman conquest. In the nave's southern aisle, you'll see 14th-century tombs and effigies including that of Sir Richard Pembridge, Knight of the Garter during Edward III reign, who wears the garter even in death. However, the treasure of the cathedral is the Mappa Mundi, a 13th-century map of the world. For the best vantage point of cathedral's interior, stand in the northern doorway. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Hereford Cathedral by using our Hereford trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • If you're in Hereford, it's worth a visit to one of the services or to just look around. Lots of history and architecture.  more »
  • Home of the world-famous Mappa Mundi. Not a real map, but one which contains in a stylised format much of what Medieval people understood of the world in relation to their belief. Simply unmissable.  more »
  • fabulous building, and incredible mappa mundi and chained library. lovely tea garden with a good choice of foods during the day.  more »
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  • Beautiful Cathedral with spectacular stained glass windows and rich history encompassing just under a thousand years. Tea room serves an amazing and completely unexpectedly wide variety of delicious food and drinks. I found the volunteers very knowledgeable and impromptu tours were continuosly being carried out. Any and all questions asked were answered with great aclarity and knowledge.
  • We visited in order to see the Mappa Mundi. It is exhibited extremely well, with loads of informative background stuff. Most worthwhile! Also very impressed by the medieval Chained Library, which we just stumbled on. (Hey, the cathedral itself is OK, too, as cathedrals go)
  • Beautiful cathedral. Very well maintained. Kind and helpful volunteers around to guide you.
  • A beautiful place to visit. Quiet and historical, not overpowering like some cathedrals are. Definitely worth visiting the Mappa Mundi while you are here as well. Very fascinating how the Medieval people saw the world.
  • Very peaceful lovely inspiring cathedral. Wonderful building with shop cafe and lots of places for prayer and reflection.

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