Living in Hereford
The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) is based in the city of Hereford, in the West Midlands, 15 miles from the border with Wales. We are easily reached by train and car, approximately one hour’s drive from Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol.
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RNC has a lot to offer, but if you’re keen to spread your wings and explore the rest of Hereford, then there are plenty of new things for you to discover and experience. Hereford city centre is a short bus or taxi ride away from campus, or a 25 minute walk.
If you are just starting to develop your independence, then Hereford is a perfect place to build up your confidence. Hereford has been home to RNC for more than 35 years so many local people, taxi drivers, shop assistants and leisure staff have had visual impairment awareness training and will know they can support you should you require assistance.
The Courtyard is just a 20 minute walk from campus and is a central venue for live comedy, bands, theatre productions, pantomimes and films
The Odeon is Hereford’s brand new six screen cinema showing the latest box office hits and is situated within the Old Market complex
Situated next to the railway station, Hereford’s bowling centre is just a 15 minute walk from campus
Take a look at the Visit Herefordshire website to view what’s on in Herefordshire
Food and Drink
Hereford is famous for its locally produced food and drink. The county is renowned for Herefordshire beef, local cider, real ale and organic fruit and vegetables
The Old Market is Hereford’s brand new shopping and dining centre, just a 20 minute walk from campus, offering a range of brand name restaurants
Herefordshire has a host of pubs and restaurants serving delicious foods
Hereford has a host of local and brand name pubs
Hereford city centre hosts a wide range of markets throughout the week, including the Friday Food Fair, Farmers’ Market and European Food Market
Hereford city centre has a mix of unique independent shops and big brand name stores. You can visit the Shop Hereford website for more information on the shops in Hereford
The Old Market is Hereford’s brand new shopping and dining centre, just a 20 minute walk from campus, offering a range of brand name shops
Worship and Religion
Hereford is a multicultural city with a range of religions and denominations. You can find contacts for places of worship, support and faith groups by visiting the Places of Worship in Herefordshire website