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Vibrant city with an attractive riverside setting


Worcester is a brilliantly balanced city. Big enough to have plenty going on, but intimate enough not to feel overwhelming. Urban convenience, but with rolling countryside on its doorstep. If you're visiting for the day, be sure to have a stroll along the river and College Green, perhaps checking out the smart Diglis Basin development. Across Worcester Bridge is the home of Worcestershire Cricket, with nice views of the City and Cripplegate Park. The main high street has all the shops you'd expect, boasting three shopping centres: Broadgate, Crowngate and Cathedral Plaza, and several specialist shopping arcades such as Reindeer Court.

The Guildhall is a stunning building on the High Street and a popular wedding venue. One of Worcester's best roads is Friar Street with its attractive Tudor buildings, Almshouses and Greyfrairs, a National Trust property. Worcester is home to a leading and thriving University and boasts the world's largest joint University and Public Library, a 60 million pound development called The Hive was opened by the Queen in July 2012 on her Diamond Jubilee tour. Its love it or loathe it golden roof initially split opinion but overall the facility has been deemed a massive success with the number of public visitors over double that of the old building. Well worth a visit. The Lowesmoor area is currently being re-developed and the revitalised St Martin's Quarter area has already opened up this part of Worcester with a large increase in footfall reported. A range of places to eat and drink are available along with other facilities.

Known for...   Worcester Cathedral, River Severn, Worcestershire Sauce, Elgar and The Hive


Did you know...

  • Worcester was chosen as the location for an evacuated government War Cabinet, at nearby Hindlip Hall, in the event of a German invasion during World War Two.
  • The site of the final battle of the Civil War, Worcester was where Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army defeated King Charles II's Cavaliers, resulting in the English Interregnum, the ten year period during which England and Wales became a republic.
  • Composer Sir Edward Elgar's father ran a music shop at the end of the High Street; a statue of Elgar stands near the original location of that shop. His birthplace is a short way outside Worcester in the village of Broadheath.



 

  Attractions

Worcester Cathedral FREE

Magnificent building on the River Severn.
Open daily from 7:30am to 6pm. Although founded in the 7th century the present building dates from the 11th century, spearheaded by Saint Wulfstan. Damaged badly in the civil wars several periods of restoration have returned the cathedral to its full glory.

The Tower is open most weekends and school holidays and it's well worth braving the 235 steps for the great view of the city (there is a charge for this). Worcester Cathedral hosts events throughout the year and has a coffee shop.

8 College Yard
Worcester
WR1 2LA

01905732900‎

Recommended by Paul Clarke, Worcester
“The stillness, amazing given its position right in the middle of the City. Great location by the River, and amazing to think people have been worshipping there for hundreds and hundreds of years.”

 

The Commandery

Grade 1 listed building and museum.
Discover Worcester's Civil War history in this interactive museum, set in a beautiful timbered building and gardens. Also houses the Commandery Coffee cafe, and open every month except January.

109 Sidbury
Worcester
WR1 2HU

01905361821

Recommended by Chloe B, Worcester

 

Greyfriars' House And Garden

National Trust - Late Medieval merchant's house in Worcester city centre.
Grade 1 listed medieval building - when you're inside the walled garden you'd never know you were in the middle of a city.

Friar Street
Worcester
WR1 2LZ

Recommended by Katie, Surrey

 

The Hive

A landmark for Worcestershire. Proof that libraries can still be relevant in the 21st century.
Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester worked together to create a new multi-million pound library, history and customer centre for both students and the public.

The two organisations with the support of Worcester City Council and Advantage West Midlands realised the opportunity of creating a combined facility for the whole community to use, and the project has developed into one of the most exciting new libraries in Europe.

Sawmill Walk
The Butts
Worcester
WR1 3PB

01905822866

Recommended by Natalie Smith, Hereford
“Unusual building from the outside and light and airy on the inside. A great blueprint for future libraries - you can even play computer games there!”

 

Witley Court And Gardens

English Heritage - A hundred years ago, Witley Court was one of England's great country houses.
A fire in the 1930s caused extensive damage turning Witley into a ruin, albeit a spectacular one. The landscaped gardens have been carefully restored, along with the ingenious Perseus and Andromeda fountain. Check out the adjacent church and cafe too.

Witley Court
Worcester
WR6 6JT

01299896636

 

Croome Park

National Trust - Beautiful 18th century pleasure gardens and house.
Garden designer 'Capability' Brown's first significant landscape, the grounds at Croome have been transformed in recent years making it a wonderful place to visit. The house was until fairly recently a private residence but is now owned by the NT.

Near High Green
Worcester
WR8 9DW

01905371006

Recommended by Paul Kippax, Worcester
“'Great gardens and park to explore within Capability Brown's first garden, including follys and a grotto. Great spot for a Sunday afternoon picnic!'”

 

The Fold FREE

Not for profit enterprise made up of artists, designers, complimentary therapists, The Fold Cafe and more.
New House Farm
Bransford
Worcester
WR6 5JB

01886833633

Recommended by Geoff Newman

 

Spetchley Park And Gardens

Georgian house in a deer park with a lake and a Victorian garden.
Spetchley
Worcester
WR5 1RS

01453810303‎

Recommended by zoe, Worcester
“It is like a magical secret garden, wild and glorious with paths to explore and fairy doors to find! ”

 

Top Barn

Extensive visitor attraction. Tractor rides, feed the animals, welly wangling, cafe, farm store and much more.
Holt Heath
Worcester
WR6 6NH

01905621954

Recommended by Warrick Allen, Worcester

 

Broadfields Amazing Maize Maze

Giant maze set near the beautiful Malvern hills.
Powick
Worcester
WR2 4QZ

01905831158

 

Leigh Court Barn

English Heritage - An outstanding display of English medieval carpentry.
Leigh
Worcestershire
WR6 5JB

 

Wichenford Dovecote

National Trust - 17th-century half-timbered dovecote.
Wichenford
WR6 6XY

 

Hawford Dovecote

National Trust - 16th-century half-timbered dovecote.
Hawford
WR3 7SG

 
 

  Children's Activities

Shakeey Shake And Play

Softplay and activities in the heart of the city.
Trinity Street
Worcester
WR1 2PW

0190528299

 

Cheeky Monkeys

Indoor soft play centre and cafe.
13 Orchard St
Worcester
WR5 3DW

01905358148

 

Little Acorns

Indoor soft play centre with free car parking and cafe.
Unit 2A, Everoak Industrial Estate
Bromyard Road
Worcester
WR2 5HP

01905424766

 
 

  Museums

Worcester Porcelain Museum

Home to the world's largest collection of Worcester Porcelain.
Severn Street
Worcester
WR1 2ND

0190521247

 

Tudor House Heritage Centre FREE

Where history comes to life.
Friar Street
WR1 2AS

01905426402

 

George Marshall Medical Museum FREE

Take a walk through over 250 years of medical history (appropriately enough the museum is part of the the hospital site).
The most popular exhibit at the George Marshall museum is the 'Death masks' collection. Strangely, doctors used to believe that you could predict people most likely to commit crimes by the shape of their head. The masks were casts from hanged Worcestershire criminals in the 1800s to aid doctors in their studies!

Charles Hastings Education Centre
Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Worcester
WR5 1DD

01905760738

 

Elgar Birthplace Museum

Country cottage birthplace of well-known composer Edward Elgar.
Crown East Lane
Broadheath
WR2 6RH

01905333224

 
 

  Parks

College Green And Riverside Stroll FREE

Go under the arch into the Green then down the steps for a nice stroll along the Severn.
College Green
Worcester (next to Cathedral)
WR1 2LH

Recommended by Linda Brooks, Ledbury
“Seeing the swans and the new Diglis Basin and marina”

 

Cripplegate Park FREE

The park has a diverse range of features, including a formal arrangement of flower beds, shrub rows, annual bedding, mature trees.
Tybridge Street
St Johns
Worcester
WR2 5BA

 

Westbury Street Community Garden FREE

The Community Garden is located canalside, just off Westbury Street in the centre of the City in the Arboretum Ward.
Westbury Street
Worcester
WR1 1NW

 

Fort Royal Park FREE

Fort Royal Park is located within the Cathedral Ward of Worcester, with the entrance being on Wylds Lane.
Wylds Lane
Worcester
WR5 1DA

 

Gheluvelt Park FREE

Green Flag award winning park with water play area, lovely walks and plenty of space for children to run around.
Worcester
WR3 7AA

Recommended by Paul Bince, Worcester

 

Tiddesley Wood FREE

Nature reserve covering 200 acres.
Besford Road
Pershore
WR10 2AD

 

Aconbury Orchard FREE

This veteran orchard contains mostly Perry pears, with some more recently planted local apple varieties.
Woodgreen Drive
Worcester
WR4 0PD

 

Northwick Lido FREE

Known locally as the Slip, this is still a popular place for picnics, with views of the river and surrounding fields.
Old Northwick Lane
Worcester
WR3 7LY

 

Worcester Woods Country Park FREE

Two nature reserves, a huge open field, busy Countryside centre, cafe and funky adventure playground.
Wild Wood Drive
Worcester
WR5 2LG

01905766493

 
 

  Galleries

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum FREE

Worcester's principal art gallery.
Foregate Street
WR1 1DT

0190525371

Recommended by Sandra Jennings, Worcestershire
“Nice place to look around when visiting the library. Usually new exhibitions to see.”

 
 

  Bowling

MFA Bowl

Bowling alley with 16 lanes and a bar (food also available).
Unit 1 Everoak Estate, Bromyard Road
Worcester
WR2 5HN

01905420425

 

Tenpin Worcester

Ten Pin Bowling and Pool.
Droitwich Road
Worcester
WR3 7SN

08712223675

 
 

  Cinema

Vue Cinema Worcester

Multiplex cinema with six screens.
49 Friar Street
Worcester
WR1 2NA

03453084620

 

Odeon Worcester

Multi-screen cinema.
Foregate Street
WR1 1DX

03330144501

Recommended by Wentzel Opperman, Worcester
“'I love movies!'”

 
 

  Theatre

Worcester Live

Live music and drama at the Swan Theatre and Huntingdon Hall. Programme of events and online booking.
The Moors
Worcester
WR1 3ED

 
 

  Live Music

Marr's Bar

Intimate live music venue. Comedy night 1st Thursday of each month.
12 Pierpoint Street
Worcester
WR1 1TA

01905613336

Recommended by Warrick Allen, Worcester

 

Worcester Guildhall

Landmark building hosting regular concerts from a range of international and local artists.
High Street
Worcester
WR1 2EY

01905722179

 
 

  Golf

Worcester Golf And Country Club

Scenic golf course set in 120 acres. The clubhouse is a grade II listed building and tennis courts are also available.
Boughton Park
Worcester
WR2 4EZ

 

Worcester Golf Range

Driving range with True-Strike mats. A 9 hole course is also available.
Bilford Road
Worcester
WR3 8DX

 

Gaudet Luce Golf Club

Golf Club.
Middle Lane
Hadzor
Droitwich
Worcestershire
WR9 7DP

 
 

  Leisure centres

St John's Leisure Centre

Sports and leisure centre.
Malvern Road
Worcester
WR2 4LE

01905429900

 

Pf2

Health and fitness club.
Basin Road
Worcester
WR5 3GA

01905355777

 

Perdiswell Leisure Centre And Swimming Pool

Olympic size swimming pool, learner pool, gym, cafe and a wide range of sports activities.
Bilford Road
Worcester
WR3 8DX

01905457189

Recommended by Will, Worcester

 

David Lloyd

New centre offering gym, swimming and other sports.
Warriers Way
Worcester
WR3 8ZE

01905459010

 

Cannons

Health, fitness and wellbeing centre.
Perdiswell Park
Droitwich Road
WR3 7SN

08707582616

 
 

  Karting

Worcester Indoor Karting & Laser Combat

Worcester's only indoor karting and Laser Combat centre which can be enjoyed by families, individuals, groups and corporate customers.
Based just 2 minutes from junction 7 of the M5 at Crucible Business Park, Norton. The ideal location to host your memorable event. Ideal for ages 8 years upwards and open throughout the year.

Unit 8 Crucible Business Park
Woodbury Lane,
Norton, Worcester
WR5 2BA

01905352200

 

AKS Karting

Indoor karting and laser tag centre.
Crucible Business Park
Woodbury Lane
Norton
WR5 2PU

01905352200

 
 

  Sport

Worcester Racecourse

Tree-lined racecourse next to the River Severn with over 20 race days per year.
Pitchcroft
Worcester
WR1 3EJ

0190525364

 

Peachley Quad Trekking

Quad trekking set over 350 acres of unspoilt countryside.
Peachley Lane
Lower Broadheath
WR2 6QX

01905641309

 
 

  Climbing

Vertical Limit Indoor Climbing Centre

Climbing fun for all ages whatever the weather.
Shrub Hill Road
Worcester
WR4 9EL

01905613044

 

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