A Cathedral dedicated to the martyred King Ethelbert has stood on this site since Saxon times and is home to a community which has worshipped and worked together here continuously for well over 1200 years. It is a place where the mission of the church to proclaim Christ’s love is central and visitors and pilgrims are especially welcome.
Today’s building contains some of the finest examples of architectural excellence from Norman times up to the present day including the Romanesque Nave, the beautifully restored Shrine of St Thomas of Hereford in the North Transept, the ancient South Transept and the
award-winning twentieth-century New Library Building. New commissions also include the gilded and painted shrine of St Ethelbert and four stunning stained glass windows dedicated to the life and writings of 17th century cleric and poet Thomas Traherne.
The original Hereford Magna Carta and King John’s Writ are no longer on display, and have been been replaced with high quality facsimiles for the remainder of the exhibition. The original documents are undertaking a global tour in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the GREAT campaign.
The award-winning Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition is open all year round (apart from a prolonged period in January each year when it is closed for cleaning) and is famous for housing both the spectacular medieval map of the world and the cathedral's unique Chained Library. Here the stories of these national treasures are told through models, original artefacts and special exhibitions. Click here for exhibition admission charges.
There is no facility for visitor parking at Hereford Cathedral, however,
You can also visit our on-site Cathedral Shop, where exclusive Hereford Cathedral gifts are available, or our Cloister Café, which offers a variety of home-made and traditional foods.
Our many other activities include concerts, Exhibitions, Organ Recitals and even a working Stonemasons Yard, where our skilled craftsmen are still using traditional methods to restore this ancient and beautiful cathedral.
Parts of the building may be restricted due to special services, funerals or events that take place throughout the year. If you have a particular request or reason for your visit we strongly recommend you contact us and check opening times before your visit.
Please note, if you are interested in joining one of the Cathedral tours, it is very important you make contact with the Visits Office first to ensure tours are taking place that day. Sometimes, even at very short notice, tours have to be cancelled due to other important events that take priority.
Group tours and large group visits can be
arranged and booked in advance by contacting:
The Visits Office
5 College Cloisters
Tel: 01432 374202
Fax: 01432 374220