Hereford Cathedral, Hereford, Herefordshire
Like most cathedrals, Hereford Cathedral is an impressive place; the soaring stone pillars, exquisitely carved stonework, richly decorative ceilings and beautiful stain glass – it takes your breath away, but what the cathedral is really known for is the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library.
The Mappa Mundi is a medieval map of the world that’s a unique part of England’s heritage; it shows how the world was interpreted in geographic and spiritual terms back then, with detailed drawings of towns and cities, biblical events and the natural world. The Chained Library is a collection of illuminated manuscripts and historic books, including the 8th century Hereford Gospels. The chains, an early and effective security system, date from the 17th century.
So, poke your head in, go and have a look round Hereford Cathedral, pop it on your list for your day out in Hereford. Book a Cathedral Tour, or from May to September, a Garden Tour; amble slowly around the 6 acre gardens where beautiful borders nestle among medieval ruins and there are inspiring views over the River Wye. If you’re all aged 8+ you can take a Tower Tour and climb the 218 steps to the top of the cathedral, taking in the Lantern Gallery and the Ringing Chamber – the parts you don’t normally see. When you get back down to earth, go and have a piece of cake in the café.
Open: Cathedral - daily 10.00am-5.00pm
Mappi Mundi, Chained Library, Cathedral Café and Shop - Mon-Sat 10.00am-5.00pm
T: 01432 374200 All information correct at the time of writing