In a Nutshell
A cathedral city that offers dog friendly streets with a mix of high st and more quirky, individual shops and cafes.
Parking and Pooping
Hereford lies on the River Wye at the junction of the A49, A438 and A4103. You're heading towards the Welsh hills here and motorway access is limited, with the M50 getting closest to the city to the south.
You have a number of small street level car parks to choose from, most on or just south of the A438 or a newly built multi-story car park at the Old Market Shopping Centre, just north of the centre, again on the A438.
Very few of the car parks have grass areas on-site, but a good central option is the small street level car park on West St (access from the southbound A49, by Gala Bingo) where there is a large grass verge and almost immediate access to the pedestrian areas for easy access to the centre. On busy days an alternative may be the Gaol St car parks to the east of the centre, which have public loos but no grass for pup, but tend to the quieter now that the new shopping centre has opened to the north/west of the centre. Expect to pay approx £1.10 an hour for parking.
We find Hereford centre a great place for walking Bella. The city is undergoing a substantial regeneration project and the majority of the centre is now pedestrianised with wide streets and pavements. Benches are plentiful along all the pedestrian areas and plenty of bins too. If you haven't parked near a grassy area, the cathedral area is just a short walk south of the centre and there is plenty of grass and benches there to take a break and relax in a quiet spot before returning to the shops.
Keeping The Humans Amused
Hereford has a good mix of high st and more individual shops and retains much of its character with timber framed buildings and of course the impressive cathedral. High st shops are located along the pedestrianised centre and the new Old Market Shopping Centre is situated to the north of the centre. Stroll down Church St to find more quirky individual shops and cafes.
For history buffs, the Old House at the centre of the High Town area is a museum of life in the Jacobean age. The Hereford Museum and Gallery is close to the cathedral on Broad St, in an imposing Gothic building.
There are plenty of cafes with pavement seating along the High Town area, with a couple of large cafes in the square with canopies should the weather not play ball. La Madeline Cafe on Church St advertises dogs welcome and offers a slightly up market French style cafe and courtyard garden.
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