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        Cathedral • River Wye •
        Foodie • Landmarks • History •
        shopping • Markets • Bridges

        Culturally vibrant, Hereford stands within a backdrop of historic buildings, an
        impressive Cathedral with unique world treasures and the tranquil River Wye
        fl owing through its heart. Historically regarded as the second most important city
        in England, given its City status by Richard I (the Lionheart), Hereford, commonly
        pronounced as Here-Ford, was originally established as a Saxon river crossing
        between England and Wales. Now feel the harmonious coexistence of old-world
        charm and contemporary vitality.
        History & Heritage                  Broad Street with its resplendent regency
        Founded by the Saxons in the 7C, Hereford   façade holds the accolade for one of Britain’s
        has seen its castle and cathedral rebuilt,   oldest hotels and is the largest in the county.
        with only the latter remaining. The City’s   Look out and look up for the round blue
        architectural richness is evident, showcased   plaques dotted around the streets and
        through picturesque half-timbered buildings   buildings illustrating the fascinating history
        and notable structures like the impressive   of the City, or the best way to see the sights
        Rococo Town Hall, which is home to   is with a guided city walking tour with the
        the Tourist Information Centre and the   Guild of Guides.
        fascinating Civic Museum, and The Shire
        Hall. In High Town stands the distinguished  Retail Rambles
        Jacobean Black & White House Museum,   The 1000 year old Norman marketplace in
        which actively portrays the life of that era.   High Town, historically a vibrant place for
        Adjacent to this, proudly positioned, is the   traders, still thrives with regular outdoor
        life-sized bronze Hereford Bull statue, an   markets, events, festivals and performances.
        iconic worldwide emblem of the county.   A diverse array of independent and national
        This magnifi cent sculpture is the creation   retailers, restaurants, and cafés seamlessly
        of the internationally renowned artist Brian   coexists with the historic Victorian Butter
        Alabaster. The Green Dragon Hotel on   Market, where traditional stalls and

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