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21 Ryelands St, Hereford, HR4 0LW
  • This is an excellent place that combines being a very well run and interesting museum in and of itself, with the extra bonus of being somewhere that really gives an insight into the English county's history and traditional culture

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      An attraction that is well worth considering for tourists who are visiting Herefordshire is the Hereford Cider Museum. This is an excellent place that combines being a very well run and interesting museum in and of itself, with the extra bonus of being somewhere that really gives an insight into the English county’s history and traditional culture. Cider has been made in Herefordshire for many hundreds of years, but until recently traditional craft cider-making was in serious decline, and there were even fears that it would not survive at all. The recent re-awakening of interest in organic and traditional food and drink has helped to make it much more popular, and the Cider Museum contributes to this very nicely. The King Offa Distillery is also on the site, and makes cider brandy, being the first place in Britain to be officially licensed for this purpose for several hundred years!

      The Hereford Cider Museum is one of the

      easier tourist attractions to reach for those people who are relying on public transport, as it is right in the city, close to the centre on Ryelands Street. This is only a short walk from the city centre, which itself is within easy walking distance from the railway and bus stations. If you are driving, however, then you can either park right up at the museum, which is free, or if you prefer to do other things in Hereford during your visit you can easily park around the city centre and make your way to the Cider Museum from there. The place is open all the year round, although it is closed on Sundays and Mondays. In the winter the opening hours are from 11 am to 3 pm, while in the summer it’s 10 am until 5 pm, and it costs four pounds for an adult to get in while admission is two pounds fifty ...

      • for children. Don’t expect a big cafe, though, as there are usually only light refreshments available.

        The main exhibits at the museum are on the large ground floor of the interesting building, which was a cider factory itself in the past. There is a lot to see, including some very good exhibitions and displays on the processes behind making cider, and guides are all over the place to help you make sense of what you are seeing. There’s also a great exhibit in the cellar, which I’m sure will be popular with children (who usually like clambering down steps!) and another gallery up on the upper floor. You should be aware, though, that only the ground floor section is accessible if you have a disability. As you would expect from any tourist attraction nowadays, there is a fairly well stocked shop that sells cider products (including brandy!) and related items such as books and souvenirs. It’s not

        required to pay to enter the museum if you are only visiting the shop, which is worth knowing.

        There are usually several events held at the Cider Museum each year. One of the most important is the Cider and Perry Competition (perry is the proper name for traditional pear cider) which is quite prestigious, but there are also exhibitions by artists, walks through the orchards, a festival at harvest time each autumn, and the annual Christmas Fair in December. The Hereford Cider Museum may not be the largest or most flashily presented museum in Britain, but it is certainly one of the more interesting for anybody with an interest in traditional cider making, or who simply wants to buy and taste some of the stuff! Obviously children will not be able to drink the cider, but otherwise this is a nice family day out, especially when the weather is good and it can be combined with other attractions in Hereford.

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