Whatever your reason for travelling from London’s Euston station to Hereford, catching the train is the easiest way to go. Spend the three hour journey relaxing in comfort while England’s most beautiful countryside passes by the windows. Use the free on-board Wifi to browse the internet for the best sights and experiences to be had in Hereford.
This lovely cathedral city sits on the meandering River Wye, only a few miles from the Welsh border. In fact, Richard I, King of England in the 12th century, named Hereford as a Welsh settlement. Renowned for producing English cider, beer and their world famous Hereford beef cattle, the city has long been an important trading centre, and contains some impressively preserved buildings, such as the historic Booth Hall and Blackfriars Monastery.
Hereford displays a comfortable mix of ancient and contemporary, with 7th century constructions sitting alongside modern university buildings. The vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere offers a seldom-seen charm, and with plenty of activities and sights to see, there’s something to keep everyone happy
Housed in the stunning cathedral is the largest remaining chained library. Game of Thrones fans will recognise the medieval method of keeping books and manuscripts safe as the Citadel’s dusty tomes were kept chained up. Also in the cathedral is the priceless medieval map, the Mappa Mundi. This manuscript depicts the ancient world as it was known then, showing where it was believed that sea monsters and demons lived. Religious scholars would study the map, instructing sailors where it was thought to offer safe sailing.
Continuing the theme of relics and artefacts, the Black and White House Museum, with its glorious timbered exterior and lead-light windows, is home to collections of treasures from all around the globe, and has some wonderful high tech interactive displays for children to enjoy. A different sort of museum, the Cider Museum, allows you to get hands on with the popular drink. Hereford produces arguably some of the best cider in the world, and now you can make your mark on the apple presses. Why not stop off at the gift shop and treat yourself to a bottle or three?
Culture vultures should head to the Courtyard Theatre, via one of the nearby restaurants. Here you can choose from a year round programme of events, exhibitions and performances. From ballet to stand-up comedy, art show or film night, there’s something to suit every taste, and what better way to end your day out in Hereford than with a sumptuous meal and a great show?
Catch the train home to Euston station, relaxing before your adventure in this glorious city. Download our app which allows you to keep up-to-date on all our latest offers, including Advance and Off-peak tickets, and leaves you more in your pocket to enjoy your next exciting day trip.
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