Hereford is the county town of Herefordshire and sits on the banks of the river Wye.
The city's cathedral dates back to 1079 and houses the famous Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world that was originally produced in around 1300 AD and shows Jerusalem at its centre. The cathedral itself is an excellent example of Norman architecture.
Hereford was originally the Saxon capital of the area and there has been a castle in the city for around a thousand years. The current Hereford Castle was once one of the largest castles in England but today little remains of the building, although you can still see the earth works around the original site.
The Three Choirs Festival takes place in Hereford in August every third year. The festival lasts for a week and features choirs from Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. The festival has been taking place since the early 1700's and is thought to be one of the oldest such festivals in Europe.
As befits a city that produced the Hereford breed of cattle and an area that is famous for its cider production, the city regularly features farmers markets where you can purchase local produce. The local shops in the city are also a paradise for shoppers, providing a wide variety of local goods and crafts.
Hereford has a football team which has experienced varying levels of success over the years. It is also home to rugby and cricket teams. Less conventionally, the city has a skittle league that was formed in 1902 and has grown to five divisions. The city also has a racecourse that features a number of jump race meetings in the winter season.
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