About Hereford

Hereford is a charming cathedral city located in the West Midlands in the heart of the beautiful county of Herefordshire and next to The Wye Valley. Known to locals and visitors as a walker’s paradise, this stunning corner of the country is the kind of place where soul soothing scenery comes as standard. For those who love the outdoors, the city of Hereford is a great place to live.

On top of the scenery, there’s so much on offer for residents, including the draw of excellent employment opportunities, a great level of disposable income for average households, top schools for children, and access to some of Britain’s best food produce. From the famous Hereford beef and local farmyard ciders to organic goods and award-winning cheeses, there’s plenty for foodies here.

With a population of around 56,000, this delightful little city set on the River Wye boasts a wonderful, friendly community. Offering plenty of peace and quiet for those who wish to escape the urban sprawls, yet with all the amenities you could desire for city living. If you’re hoping for a place to raise a family with stylish new homes, Hereford and the surrounding areas offer a wonderful way of life.

Located close to Hereford is the Welsh border, the city of Worcester, and the city of Gloucester. It is also close to the M5 for those who need to commute and is central to three major UK destinations: the Brecon Beacons, the Shropshire Hills, and the Cotswolds.

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Things to do

Although reactively compact, the city of Hereford is a fantastic place to spend your free time with lots of exciting things to see and do packed into its small footprint. An iconic sight to visit is the Hereford Cathedral, instantly recognisable with its Gothic exterior. Also worth visiting is the 18th Century mansion of Berrington Hall, the Hereford Cider Museum, and the very distinctive postcard landmark of The Old House located on the High Street.

Food and drink lovers will find the centre to be filled with great bars, pubs and restaurants (including plenty of steakhouses to taste the local beef). For shopping, you won’t be disappointed either as the Old Market Shopping Centre is a hub of entertainment for residents, featuring high street names, places to eat, as well as a cinema. The Hereford Buttermarket, set within a stunning Grade II listed building, has been the best place to pick up regional produce since 1860.

Although house prices can be high in this part of the West Midlands, there are some wonderful and affordable new builds Hereford has to offer, particularly for first time buyers. If you’re looking for a good quality of life with plenty to do and a superb choice of new houses for sale, Hereford is a great place to start your search.

Transportation

As a city, Hereford is well connected by road to neighbouring towns such as Kington, Ledbury, Leominster, Mortimer, Ross-on-Wye and Weobley, making it a suitable place for work commutes or leisurely travel. The bus service is frequent, with convenient routes in and around the city, and you can view weekly timetables via the Traveline West Midlands website or the Traveline app. Herefordshire Council also offers elderly residents free travel on all local buses between 9.30am and 11pm from Monday to Friday (and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays). Free school transport may also be available to you if your child lives over three miles from school (or they receive income-based free school meals and live over two miles from school).

Trains also run regularly from Hereford Railway Station to major destinations such as Birmingham, Worcester, Manchester and London’s Paddington station. There are also over 20 different council carparks in the city centre, so parking will be easy for residents getting out and about by car.

You can find a number of different cycle routes on the Herefordshire Council website, plus there are Park & Cycle or Cycle & Ride facilities at the station and various carparks to make getting on your bike convenient and easy.

Education

One of the biggest draws of living in Hereford is the excellent quality and choice of schools, making this city a top choice for raising a family. Not only are primary and secondary schools some of the best in the West Midlands area, but the council may also be able to help with free transport for kids (aged 4-16 years) living over a certain distance from their school. Herefordshire Council also offers a Vacant Seat Payment Scheme, which could help to reduce travel costs for getting your kids to and from school every day.

The nearby University of Worcester is a short train ride away for young adults entering into further education. On top of that, there are also some fantastic local colleges such as Hereford College of Arts and Herefordshire and Ludlow College.

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