Museum:Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition at Mappa Mundi and Chained Library


Chained Library

Chained Library

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College Cloisters,
Cathedral Close,


The Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition at Hereford Cathedral is open all year round and is famous for housing both the medieval map of the world and the chained library.
The world famous Mappa Mundi is the largest surviving medieval map of the world and a unique international treasure. It records how the scholars interpreted the world over 700 years ago and contains more than a thousand drawings and inscriptions, showing cities and towns, Biblical events, plants, animals, birds, strange creatures and monstrous races.

The Chained Library contains 225 illuminated manuscripts with the earliest dating from the eighth century, and over 1.200 early printed books. The books are chained to the 17th century cases where they were housed and read.

Your visit offers the chance to explore our interpretive exhibition, finding out how and why these unique treasures were created. You will ,eet knowledgeable guides and enjoy the current unique temporary exhibition of rare books, archives and artefacts.

Temporary exhibitions include:
12 October 2015 – 2 January 2016
Glimpses of Glory: shrines of the saints, yesterday and today

25 January – 12 March 2016
Exploring the More Parish & Lady Hawkins School Libraries

21 March – 3 September 2016
Medieval faces

An exclusive range of Mappa Mundi posters, postcards, publications and gifts can be purchased from the Cathedral Shop.

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Opening details



Various charges apply


See location of Mappa Mundi and Chained Library on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 510397  Lat: 52.05360 Long: -2.71497

In the centre of Hereford


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