Herefordshire is unique in that it’s a rural county – you could hop on a bus in the City Centre, and before you know it, be deep within the countryside.

The location, views and environment make Herefordshire a fantastic source of inspiration for living and work; the countryside, heritage, variety of built environments, the river, sports, people and organisations all offer some great sources for project work. The crime rate in Herefordshire is very low, making the County a very safe place to live.

Hereford Field with photo student

Heritage is a huge part of the Herefordshire environment, with castles, stately homes, black and white houses, churches, the Cathedral and a host of museums to be explored. The county is famous all over the world for its cattle and cider, as well as historical artefacts - including the world's largest existing medieval map, the Mappa Mundi.

Hereford Cathedral

Our Social Life section tells you more about pubs, clubs and leisure activities on offer - there are some great pubs and restaurants in Herefordshire, many offering the incredible locally sourced food that Hereford is renowned for. If you're looking to stay active through sports like skating or at the gym, we have lots of information about Sport & Leisure in the county.

Rower on the River Wye

The Courtyard plays host to some amazing exhibitions, comedy performances and live theatre. There are some great amateur dramatic groups who tour smaller venues too.

Courtyard Hereford
Major local events:
Borderlines Film Festival (March – April)
Hay Festival (May – June)
Nozstock Festival (July)
Sheep Music Festival (July)
Ledbury Poetry Festival (July)
h.Art (Herefordshire Art Week) (September)
Herefordshire Contemporary Crafts Fair (November)

If you're interested in walking, crafts or theatre and vocal groups, you'll also find a wide variety of activities on offer. Want to find out more about Herefordshire? Check out Visit Herefordshire for lots of tourist information.