About the cathedral
Built on a place of worship used since Saxon times, Hereford Cathedral contains some of the finest examples of art and architecture from Norman times to the present day; from the beautiful 14th century Lady Chapel to the award winning New library Building housing Mappa Mundi, our famous medieval map of the world. Things to see include the painted and gilded shrine to St Ethelbert, martyred in AD 794, the restored 13th century shrine of St Thomas of Hereford and the Thomas Traherne stained glass windows, dedicated to Hereford’s 17th century poet and cleric. The cathedral has a unique Chained Library with manuscripts and rare books dating from the 8th century displayed alongside Mappa Mundi. The Cathedral Close has been elegantly restored, with work completed in 2012. Guided tours include free cathedral tours, our ‘Secret Gardens of Hereford Cathedral’ tours, tower tours and a series of events and concerts taking place in the Cathedral and around the Close. The Cathedral Shop stocks an extensive range of souvenirs, cards and gifts from around the world and the Cloister Café serves a wide selection of homemade and traditional refreshments, light lunches and homemade cakes and teatime treats.