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Welcome to beautiful Herefordshire and to the all new Hereford Times Tourism Guide.
The county is a glorious example of rural England at its best with spectacular views in every direction. Bounded by the rolling Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons to the west, the majestic Malvern Hill to the east, the Shropshire Hills to the north and the fabulous Forest of Dean to the south, Herefordshire’s landscape is spectacular… and world famous.
The glorious River Wye runs through the county, passing right through the city of Hereford, the civic centre and heart of the area. The Cathedral church of St Mary the Virgin and St Ethelbert the King, has been the jewel in the crown of the county for more than 1200 years and is home to the Mappa Mundi - the first and arguably the most beautiful map of the world ever created.
The river is a focal point for the county and hosts canoe and rowing boats and runs the geologically spectacular Symonds Yat, a narrow gorge with towering sides that are as popular with rock climbers as they with sailors.
As well as the city the county boasts some quaint market towns and a huge collection of half-framed, Tudor black and white houses that form a trail for visitors to follow.
So whatever you are looking for – quite relaxation among the rolling countryside; action and adventure in the mountains or on the river; a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre or the bustle of a busy country market town, Herefordshire has the lot.
If you are planning to stay for a while in Herefordshire there is plenty of choice of accommodation – from the traditional hotel chains and chic boutique accommodation to the less traditional. How about glamping in a yurt or enjoying bed and breakfast on a working farm?
There are any amount of caravan and camping sites, in areas of outstanding beauty and tranquility or busy gastro-pubs offering rooms.
Herefordshire has a well deserved reputation as a top food destination and of course, is renowned for its cider production. It is also a major strawberry and cherry producer as well as being the home of the world famous Hereford cattle. Its annual Flavours Of Herefordshire Food Festival is rapidly gaining international acclaim and showcases the best the county has to offer.
Everywhere you turn in Herefordshire you’ll find producers, retailers and chefs enticing you to try out their wares.