Hereford Cathedral
Hereford Cathedral
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • lincolnhatter
    Lincoln, United Kingdom785 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Mappa Mundi cant be missed
    A very good visit to Hereford Cathedral, no pressure to pay or donate so was happy to leave a donation. As always I admire the wonderful architecture, skill and sheer hard work that went into building this and Britain's beautiful places of worship, I'm not religious in any way but I can understand how people have faith and are uplifted by these magnificent buildings from massive cathedrals to tiny simple churches. The highlight of Hereford is the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library, now these are chargeable but well worth the money, the Library is fascinating, such antiquities, and the Mappa Mundi is wonderful, the geography, the weird creatures and strange humanoids (in fact I reckon I saw some of the people I work with!). Really good displays and info boards before you get to the star of the show, its well worth the money! Though I did find one of the male attendants a bit snotty and supercilious when speaking to him. Two lovely cakes in the cafe, an orange polenta and a cherry pistachio, nice cloister garden area to have cakes
    Many thanks for taking the time to leave us such a glowing review!, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 11 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Jo E
    Bath, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    wow!
    what a lovely treat. there was nobody trying to empty your wallet as you walked through the door. a beautiful ancient place with fabulous organ music being played. full of history and very friendly and welcoming. the lady who showed us the mappa mundi and the chained library was a shining star, full of love and enthusiasm.well done Hereford cathedral
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Chilterner101
    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's big, free and full of interest
    Unlike many cathedrals, Hereford is free to enter and wander around. Easy to spend an hour+ taking it all in. It even has a accurate facsimile Mappa Mundi on display meaning you don't need to go to the paid exhibition if you don't wish to. While this was an unexpected bonus, surely they are undermining revenue-generation from their main draw? Top tip ... visit when there is a service on and you can first catch the choir and organ in full inspiring flow before embarking on your wander around the building.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • mike s
    United Kingdom533 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating History
    We would strongly advise taking the guided tour as our volunteer guide had a wealth of interesting histories to reveal. The largely Norman cathedral is imposing with some lovely details but doesn't have the grandeur of other later cathedrals. It is easily accessible by mobility scooter and is set in peaceful grounds. Obviously a must it visiting Hereford (especially if you haven't seen the unique Mappa Mundi)
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Bob
    St. Neots, United Kingdom230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely building and atmosphere.
    We visited the Cathedral whilst holidaying in Worcestershire and it was worth the 25 mile drive to see what has to be Hereford's main attraction. We were greeted by friendly staff at the door and then made our own way round the building. Although my wife uses a walker most places were accessible and I just needed to help her in a few places.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • sim22
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day out
    Great Cathedral, helpful staff great fair priced Cafe Coffee excellent and cheap to. Had lunch friendly helpful staff clean. Leak potato soup, must have been home made, most enjoyable. Map a Monday chained library great with helpful staff good day out in Hereford.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Rosietime2015
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and welcoming Cathedral
    What a beautiful and welcoming visit to the Cathedral. First time visit to Hereford so lovely to be greeted warmly on entrance and such a calming stunning and well cared for cathedral. The service from the staff in the cafe was excellent, and the food was delicious with hot sausage rolls, smoked salmon quiche and choc walnut cake. All served and made with care and a moment to sit and admire our surroundings with a welcoming chat from the reverend. Thank you and bless you all.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Neil S
    London, United Kingdom303 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Staying not too far away, decided to visit on a cold and rainy day. Cathedral has interesting architecture, loads of graves/memorials and some superb leaded light windows. Interesting and informative panels, plus enthusiastic volunteers. Well worth a visit, especially to see the SAS window/area. Cafe fine.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral with extras
    Comparatively small cathedral but a good looking one. Lots of stained glass and some chunky pillars. The main attraction here is the Mappa Mundy – over 700 years old and the chain library which is pretty unique too. There is a charge of, I think £6 to see these but entrance to the cathedral is by donation/free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • sirgar
    Carmarthen, United Kingdom114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step Back in time and take your time.
    Nicely proportioned Cathedral with a peaceful feeling. We were warmly greeted by one of the volunteers - thank you - and made our way around the Cathedral . Beautiful stained glass windows with a watery weak sun behind showing the colours. The refectory was welcoming as it was a very cold day and a hit snack was welcome. The chained books library took you back many centuries and you can imagine how valuable the written word was and how difficult it must have been reading them by a candle or rush light! The Gurney Patent heaters were working well , now powered by gas, but in the not too distant past stoked with coal. THE Mappable Mundi gives us sight of how the world looked many centuries ago , have a look at the English translation to see where the British Isles are. Please look out for the small family chapel and perhaps sit for a while . Enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 December 2023
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Matt_Y2302
Cardiff, UK304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
An asset of Hereford. A beautiful cathedral with a lot of history. Paying to see the chained library and Mappa Mundi is an amazing experience and definitely worth a visit.
Written 19 June 2024
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Paul M
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Dogs aren't allowed, so went to a cafe instead. Never mind, we should have checked before we visited. Suggest you try Gloucester, Worcester or Wells cathedrals instead if you have a furry friend and are in this neck of the woods.
Written 15 June 2024
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keithips
Ipswich, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
What a beautiful, solid looking building and so lovely inside. The fact that the organist was practising during our visit added to the atmosphere and we appreciated that. Helpful people everywhere.
Written 11 June 2024
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Bob J
Taunton, UK303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A great cathedral with fantastic Norman Arches and decoration combined with modern art pieces. Nice cafe and quiet gardens
Written 19 May 2024
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Thomas Buckland
Gloucester, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Had a lovely afternoon looking around this gorgeous cathedral weather was gorgeous there was even a wedding taken place somewhere in the cathedral
Written 4 May 2024
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PineapplesWarriors
London, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We watched the London film orchestra here! They were very entertaining in the beautiful architecture. Definitely worth at least one visit.
Written 16 April 2024
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Jamie B
Burnham-On-Sea, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Visited on a quiet Saturday morning. As with most Cathedrals, the size and scale is impressive. The ceilings are rather ornate, and everything is quite magnificent. There is currently an art exhibition on displaying pieces of art constructed from metals and a few other materials from different artists. Interesting enough. The crypt was great to see. Having visited Wells Cathedral recently, it was noticeable that some of the things aren’t clearly marked and are lacking information which does help make any visit more interesting (for example the font here looks old, but there’s no information about it displayed whereas in Wells everything was clearly explained).
Comparisons aside, a lovely space, felt calm and peaceful. Free entry but donations welcome. Cafe looked great and has a nice selection of food (GF and dairy free) and the toilets were clean.
Don’t miss the border in the garden, the Magnolia were already in bloom and by spring it will be gorgeous!
Definitely worth a visit.
Written 24 February 2024
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Kelly T
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We travelled to Hereford for a short getaway but didn’t have any plans as to what to do. We went into the town which unfortunately as many towns nowadays does show signs of decline. My husband then noticed the cathedral was only a short walk away, we are not religious people can appreciate the beauty of these buildings.
We were not disappointed, the building was beautiful, the stain glass windows were fantastic & the history was fascinating. Although inside was fairly busy it was still such a calm & tranquil place to be.
It is definitely worth visiting if in the area, if only to appreciate the workmanship put into these beautiful buildings.
Written 21 February 2024
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KentJulieb
kent417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Hereford cathedral
An amazing building
Great stained glass windows
Entry free you can give a donation
Tours available
Didn’t see Mapp of Mundai as not well signposted
Written 9 February 2024
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JBG1
Leicester, UK784 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Hereford Cathedral hosts a selection of tours for visitors wanting to explore more of the Cathedral during their visit. For those wanting a real challenge the tower visits are also offered. You are also able to visit the Cathedral gardens which surround the Cathedral. The Hereford Mappa Mundi housed here is the largest medieval map to survive and is considered to be a real historic treasure. The Chained Library holds over 1500 rare books including a copy of the Magna Carta dated 1217 and issued by Henry 3rd. The stained glass windows are outstanding especially on a sunny or bright day. We were fortunate to be present when an organist was playing the Cathedral organ which added real atmosphere to the Cathedral visit. The volunteers present were most helpful and visitors are invited to make a small donation of £5 to aid the £2M running costs of the Cathedral. Open daily 10am until 5pm with Evensong at 5.30pm to which visitors are invited to attend.
The Cathedral also has a cafe and shop open daily.
A very enjoyable visit in a relaxed atmosphere.
Written 6 February 2024
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