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Shopping can be had within a labyrinth of historic buildings known collectively as High Town. Limited only to pedestrians, it's enhanced with street performers and visiting entertainers. Principal shopping streets include Widemarsh Street, Commercial Road, St. Owen's Street, and the most charming and artfully old-fashioned of them all, Church Street.

Also near the town center is Hereford Market, evoking West Country street fairs of old, with its cornucopia of collectibles and junk displayed in an open-air setting. It's conducted throughout the year every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 10am to 4pm. Wednesdays include a livestock market, where you'll find cattle, as well as fruits, vegetables, and meats. The area pulsates with life as vendors sell items ranging from sweatshirts and saucepans to paintings and pet food.

Andrew Lamputt, 28 St. Owen St. (tel. 01432/274961; www.andrewlamputt.co.uk), is the place to pick up the perfect silver gift. It boasts an extensive array of quality silverware and fine gold jewelry, and maintains a stable of skilled craftspeople that restore old pieces.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.