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Hereford Cathedral

The current Hereford Cathedral, located at Hereford in England, dates from 1079. Its most famous treasure is Mappa Mundi, a mediƦval map of the world dating from the 13th century. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building.

Attraction in or near Hereford


Just to the north of the river in the medieval city centre, Hereford Cathedral forms the main point of architectural interest, an amalgamation of various styles from the 11th century to an extensive Victorian refit. Constructed in the 14th century, the sandstone tower is the dominant feature, and the north transept is a perfect exercise of 13th century Early English architecture.

In the 1980's the sandstone New Library was specially built next to the cathedral to house the Mappa Mundi. Dating from 1300 and measuring 158 x 133 cm and drawn on a single sheet of vellum (calf skin), this remarkable map provides an extraordinary insight into the medieval mind. The geographical material of the map is contained within a circle measuring 52" in diameter and reflects the thinking of the medieval church with Jerusalem at the centre of the world.  It is indeed a map insofar as it suggests the general geography of the world, with Asia at the top and Europe and Africa below, to left and right respectively, but it also squeezes in history, mythology and theology. An outstanding treasure of the medieval world, it records how thirteenth-century scholars interpreted the world in spiritual as well as geographical terms. The map bears the name of its author 'Richard of Haldingham or Lafford' (Holdingham and Sleaford in Lincolnshire). Superimposed on to the continents are drawings of the history of humankind and the marvels of the natural world. These 500 or so drawings include of around 420 cities and towns, 15 Biblical events, 33 plants, animals, birds and strange creatures, 32 images of the peoples of the world and 8 pictures from classical mythology.

Opening Times


Opening Times 2012 - 2013

The Cathedral

Open daily for visitors from 9.15am until Evensong which you are invited to attend. Times may vary for services and special events. Please call if you are planning a special visit

Mappa Mundi& Chained Library Exhibition, Café and Shop

WINTER OPENING                                        SUMMER OPENING

31 Oct 2012 – 31 March 2013                       1 April 2013 – 3 November 2013

Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm                    Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Exhibition last admission 30 minutes before closing. Café last orders 15 minutes before closing


Easter Sunday (31 March), 5 May, 26 May, 25 August, 3 November

The Exhibition, Shop and Café are closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


  • Attraction
  • Children welcome
  • Free
  • Heritage
  • On-site catering or Cafe
  • Visitor Attraction
  • Wheelchair access


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