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Famed for beef, cider, books, ancient maps and green and pleasant pastures, if you already know Hereford is the holiday destination for you, go direct to our guru's list of the best places to stay in Herefordshire.
The beef is Herefordshire beef, and some of the green is to do with the moist valleys through which rivers wind, supporting the herds. Herefordshire's orchards are also famous for growing fifty per cent of the apples in all British cider - and that's quite a lot of cider. Hereford even has a cider museum. It also has the cathedral, which is where they keep the Mappa Mundi, one of the world's oldest pieces of cartography. And the books are from the Hay on Wye Literary Festival.
But Herefordshire has even more to offer. It's close to the outdoor pleasures of the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley, and its very wealthy in old market towns with beautiful bits and bobs worth exploring. So it's understandably difficult to decide where the best places to stay in Herefordshire might be.
The cathedral isn't just an impressive home for the Mappa Mundi and one of the Magna Cartas, it also has the world's largest Chained Library - yes, books were so precious they had to be chained up. Hereford also has some of the loveliest examples of those half-timbered Tudor and Jacobean buildings, and there's plenty of beautiful country around it to stroll in - especially on the 'Cider Trail'.
If you enjoy roving, the Wye Valley is one of the best places to stay in Herefordshire or surrounds. Limestone gorges, dense pockets of woodlands, then green expanses make this countryside as varied as it is beautiful.
The Brecon Beacons are Herefordshire-adjacent, and many of the best places to stay in Hereford are also excellent bases for exploring these peaks and valleys.
Country restaurant with rooms on the banks of the River Wye. Wholesome country food, elegant rooms, beautiful garden lawns.
Elegant regency townhouse hotel bang in the centre of historic Hereford, a stone's throw from the Cathedral. Classically styled rooms, with suites for families. Excellent restaurant and bistro serving locally sourced produce.