Nestled between the Brecon Beacons in the west and Malvern Hills to the east, Hereford is a cathedral city in Herefordshire that sits on the River Wye. It is known as a trading centre for the agricultural and rural businesses, and it is famous for its cattle – the famous Hereford breed – as well as cider and beer production.
Hereford has a provincial feel about it and, although it may not have the buzz of a cosmopolitan city, it has a youthful ambience that makes it a very popular place to live.
The Britannia Bennetts office is located in Malvern, just 40 minutes from Hereford. Therefore, Britannia Bennetts are not just ideally located for moves to and from Hereford, but the surrounding areas also.
Moving to Hereford
Hereford is home to roughly one-third of Herefordshire’s population and, for this reason, there is a wide choice of properties. Around the cathedral, in the centre of town, is where buyers and renters will find a plethora of period properties, with a high number of Georgian homes. The East of Hereford is very popular and considered the better end of town due to its beautiful Victorian properties and fantastic schools. Families looking in this area should focus upon Aylestone Hill, Tupsley, and Hampton Park. Those who commute should head south of the river for quick access to the M50 and M5.
Buyers looking to secure one of the huge period homes or listed town houses should have a budget of £450,000 to £600,000. Victorian villas around the east come in at £300,000 to £400,000. In the more suburban areas, terraces, semis, and detached homes all fall into a similar bracket of £200,000 to £350,000. Starter homes are upwards of £180,000 and flats start at £110,000 for a one-bed.
If you would prefer to rent, tidy one-bed flats in small blocks are little over £400 pcm, rising to just shy of £600 pcm for well-decorated two-bed apartments. Small terraces start at £600 pcm, whereas grand period town houses are a steal at £1700 pcm when compared to similar properties in the South East. Family homes (semis and detached) are available for £750 pcm, rising to prices around £1200 pcm.
Eating & Drinking in Hereford
Pubs are big business in Hereford and if you’re not a cider fan, you sure will become one if you move there. You cannot move for cider in Hereford, so much so that there is a museum dedicated to the city’s favourite tipple. Hereford city centre is small, ideal for those who want to stroll (or sometimes stagger) from pub to bar. For those letting their hair down, head to Bridge Street or St Owen’s Street for the best bars and pubs.
If you fancy a more sedate affair, there are a number of fantastic café, bars, and restaurants in Hereford. High Street and Bridge Street are both home to some great eateries, as are areas north of the Cathedral. Many of the restaurants in Hereford are passionate about serving quality local produce and you will find the menus tend to be seasonal and change regularly. If you want a more casual meal, head to one of the many pubs for a pint and some traditional pub grub.
Transport Links Hereford
Hereford sits in the rural county of Herefordshire, and this is definitely reflected in its transport links. Road connections to Gloucester, Ledbury, and Leominster can be a little slow. However, the M5 and M50 are not too far away. Also, buses to and from neighbouring towns and villages are not exceptional, but most local services do stop at St Peter’s Square in the town centre.
Hereford railway station is about a ten-minute walk from the centre, near the hospital. There are direct services to Birmingham New Street (1 hour 30 minutes), Oxford (2 hours 14 minutes), Manchester (2 hours 7 minutes), Cardiff (1 hour 6 minutes), and Abergavenny (23 minutes). There are a few direct services to London Paddington per day, particularly in peak hours, with a journey time of 3 hours 21 minutes.