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Prime Location Herefordshire Area Guide

Herefordshire is a rural county in the West Midlands. It shares a border with Wales, and the largest employment sectors are agriculture, manufacturing and services.

Herefordshire is a unitary county, so it is not broken into districts like other counties. The biggest areas in Herefordshire include Hereford, the county town and the only city in the county. Other towns include Leominster, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Kington and Bromyard. Leominster sits between the River Lugg and its tributary the River Kenwater, and Ross-on-Wye is just to the northern edge of the Forest of Dean. Ledbury and Bromyard are filled with timber-framed buildings. Kington is to the west of Offa’s Dyke, which marked the border between the Anglican kingdom of Mercia and the Welsh kingdom of Powys in the 8th century.


The county is home to about 183,600 people, and it has a population which is older than the national rates. About 17% are aged 15 and younger, and around 21.5% of the population is aged 65 and over. By comparison, in England, just under 19% of the population is aged 15 and younger, and over 16% of the population is aged 65 and over.

Herefordshire has relatively low unemployment rates. Only 2.5% of the Herefordshire population claimed Job Seekers Allowance, compared to 4.7% across the West Midlands and 3.8% in England. Herefordshire does not have much in the way of ethnic diversity. Just over 97% of the population identifies their ethnic background as white.


Primary schools in Herefordshire are largely rated ‘satisfactory’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted, but there are some ‘outstanding’ schools. Amongst these are Pencombe Church of England Primary School in Bromyard and Marlbrook Primary School in Hereford.

Secondary schools in Herefordshire are more likely to be rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, though there are a fair number of schools rated ‘satisfactory’. Amongst the ‘outstanding’ primary schools are St Mary's Roman Catholic High School in Hereford and Fairfield High School near Hereford. Further education institutions include the Hereford College of Arts, Herefordshire College of Technology (which includes the National School of Blacksmithing), Earl Mortimer College and the Royal National College for the Blind.


The M50 runs through the county, linking it to Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Many roads that link north and south Wales run through Herefordshire, as the terrain in mid Wales is very hilly and hard to cross on the ground. Roads that do this include the A465 and the A49.

Similarly, lines like the Welsh Marches Railway Line connect north and south Wales, Herefordshire and Manchester. The Cotswold Line links Hereford to Worcester, and there are through services to Oxford, London and Birmingham.

Amenities and shopping

Herefordshire’s rural nature means there is a smaller number of amenities and shopping available, but there is still plenty to do, especially in Hereford.

The Hop Pocket Shopping Village in Bishop’s Frome is a collection of independent shops offering local cider and produce, clothes, homewares, antiques, musical instruments and more. The Maylord Shopping Centre has almost 40 shops and cafes, including Laura Ashley, TK Maxx and Topshop. Hereford also has a market space in the city centre which hosts both local produce markets and antiques and collectibles markets.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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