Hereford is a cathedral city, civil parish and county town of Herefordshire, England. It lies on the River Wye, approximately 16 miles (26 km) east of the border with Wales.
The name “Hereford” is said to come from the Anglo Saxon “here”, an army or formation of soldiers, and the “ford”, a place for crossing a river. It is now known chiefly as a trading centre for a wider agricultural and rural area. Products from Hereford include: cider, beer, leather goods, nickel alloys, poultry, chemicals and cattle, including the famous Hereford breed. The city is the also the home of the British Special Air Service (SAS).
Hereford Cathedral dates from 1079 and contains the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the 13th century which was restored in the late 20th century.
Hereford’s public leisure facilities include huge sports halls, gymnasium, squash courts, an outdoor athletics facility, gymnasium and a full size swimming pool.
* 2 hour drive to Oxford
* 3 hour and 20 minutes train journey to London