Hereford is the hidden gem offering so much to see and do for tourists and day trippers alike.
From historic attractions like an imposing Gothic cathedral, which hosts a medieval map of the world, to a range of modern shopping facilities.
Set on the banks of the River Wye, Hereford is steeped in history and has museums aplenty. The Mappa Mundi, a Christian-centric view of the world mapped out on a single sheet of vellum dating back to 1300 is a real treasure and well worth seeing.
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery runs a regular programme of exhibitions and the Old House, an impressive black and white half-timbered building, records life in Jacobean times.
For lovers of the county’s famous tipple, the Cider Museum is definitely worth a trip. You can learn about the history of cider making in the setting of a former factory, while viewing a cooper’s workshop and a vat house. Book in advance as a group and you can enjoy cider tasting sessions and orchard visits.
As well as history and heritage, Hereford is big on the arts and there is a gallery, cinema and regular productions hosted at the Courtyard.
In the centre the recently-opened Old Market shopping centre has all the big high street brands like Next, Debenhams and TK Maxx.
Venture into the surrounding countryside and there is some breathtaking scenery. The Golden Valley and the Forest of Dean along with the picturesque towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth are only a short drive away as is Hay-on-Wye, famous for its many book shops and literary festival.