A NEW escape room is launching in Hereford this week, with people only able to free themselves if they can work out who has embezzling funds.

The escape room, described as a clue-cracking and decoding game, is opening at Hereford Cathedral in the Old Chapel.

Here's what you need to know

What is the story behind the escape room?

The story behind the escape is that it's 1890 and you have been accused of embezzling money from the funds of the Vicars Choral, the cathedral said.

The police have been called and are on their way, and you have been shut in the Old Chapel until the police arrive.

So you have just one hour to work out who has committed the crime, and if you can successfully convince your guard that you are innocent, you will be released before the police arrest you.

What has Hereford Cathedral said?

Jess Stallwood, events officer, said: “This is such an exciting thing to introduce to our current events programme.

"We believe this is a unique offering and one which the team here at Hereford Cathedral can be proud to own.”

How much is it and how do I book?

The experience lasts one hour and is suitable for groups of up to six people. Each session costs £45

Booking is available on selected days throughout the year, and for more information visit: herefordcathedral.org/Event/escape-room-april2022.

Why has it been launched now?

The escape room was developed as part of the Eastern Cloisters Project which was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other donors, the cathedral said.

"The Eastern Cloisters Project was a major project to renovate the buildings of the College of Vicars Choral, built in 1475, which are home to many of the cathedral staff as well as housing offices," a spokesperson said.

"The project was completed in 2021, and has enabled this beautiful and tranquil area to be opened up to the public for events and activities by creating a more accessible space, improving the facilities throughout, and offering new reception rooms for hire."