Hereford is right at the centre of this beautiful rural county, and right at the centre of its transport network. The cathedral, the ancient buildings, and the River Wye that runs through its heart, define its important history and are still its landmarks. Hereford’s key location in the West Midlands has kept it up right to date. Today it’s Herefordshire’s largest city, and with the county’s main routes meeting there, it’s an ideal place for a new home, as well as a beautiful one.
Road and rail
Hereford is the meeting place for all the key cross-country routes that ultimately join the M5. The A465, the A449, and the A438, all cross the border into Wales to the west and south. The A49 heads north into Shropshire and south to Ross on Wye. The A4103 heads to Worcester and the A417 connects the city with Gloucester. Once you’re on the M5, it’s an easy drive to Birmingham and Bristol. The M50 is the nearest motorway, passing south of Ledbury and joining the M5 at Tewkesbury. Train services to and from Hereford Station are managed by Transport for Wales, and there’s an hourly West Midlands Trains service connecting with Birmingham New Street. There’s also a direct line to London Paddington with Great Western Railways. The station is a 5-minute walk from the city centre.
In the city
High Town is Hereford’s pedestrianised shopping centre, where you’ll find independent shops, high street brands and the weekly markets. The Independent Quarter which includes cobbled Church Street and Widemarsh Street, is close to the cathedral and there’s a great foodie culture here too. Cider of course is the ‘national’ drink of Herefordshire, and the pubs naturally carry on the tradition. The Old Market Hereford is an outdoor shopping complex that includes restaurants and a cinema, and the Maylord Shopping Centre includes a fitness centre. For down-to-earth shopping, the main supermarket chains are here too.
In the countryside
Herefordshire is a county of orchards and hills. You’ll be within easy reach of the Malvern Hills, Shropshire Hills and Wye Valley Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. There are endless opportunities to follow the River Wye, starting with Bishops Meadow and Castle Green close to home.