Hereford Cathedral

Built on a place of worship used since Saxon times, Hereford Cathedral contains some of the finest examples of architecture from Norman times to the present day, including the 13th century Shrine of St. Thomas of Hereford, the recently restored 14th century Lady Chapel and the award-winning 20th century New Library Building.

Join our Hereford Cathedral Guides to explore the interior of the building at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm (Monday to Saturday) between Easter and the end of October or enjoy the Gardens of Hereford Cathedral Tour at 3.00 pm (Saturday and Wednesday) in July and August.

The award-winning Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition houses the spectacular medieval map of the world and the Cathedral’s unique Chained Library, telling the stories of these national treasures through models, artefacts and changing exhibitions and displays.

Other activities include concerts, recitals, The Three Choirs Festival (in August every third year), exhibitions, events and a working stonemasons yard where skilled craftsmen use traditional methods to restore this ancient and beautiful cathedral.

Amenities include on-site Cloister Cafe and Cathedral Shop, wheelchair accessibility and Braille and large print information available.

Facilities for educational visitsGuided tours for groupsGift shop

Opening Times


Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm*

Explore Hereford’s famous medieval map and discover how scholars interpreted the world over 700 years ago, displayed alongside 225 illuminated manuscripts and over 1,200 early printed books.

Cloister Cafe

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm*

Cathedral Shop

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm*

*Exhibition last admission 30min before closing, Cloister Cafe last orders 15mins before closing. Also closed on Sundays, Christmas Eve (from 1pm), Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. The Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition is also closed for essential cleaning and conservation work between early January.