Worcester is the county town of Worcestershire and is situated on the banks of the river Severn. The final battle of the English Civil War took place here between Oliver Cromwell’s army and that of King Charles I. It was following Oliver Cromwell’s victory over King Charles I that lead to England and Wales becoming a republic for the next 21 years.
Royal Worcester Porcelain is produced in the town and Sir Edward Elgar was born here. There are plenty of things for you to do and enjoy when you stay in Worcester and below we look at just a few.
Whilst building of Worcester Cathedral began in 1084, it was not used as a place of worship until the 14th Century. Many consider is to be the best cathedral’s in England. When you visit it why not spend time exploring the Royal Tombs, Medieval Cloisters, the Chapter House and Ancient Crypt. Plus don’t forget to spend time enjoying the buildings magnificent Victorian stained glass. If you are energetic enough to climb its towers then you will be rewarded with wonderful views over the city and the surrounding countryside.
Another place you may want to visit is the cottage in which Edward Elgar was born. This is situated near the Teme Valley and has views over the Malvern Hills. Elgar’s birthplace cottage now houses a wide selection of manuscripts and scores from this world famous composer along with other memorabilia.
If you feel like travelling a little further away from Worcester then a visit to Eastnor Castle is advised. This particular place has much to offer those who are looking for somewhere to relax or where the kids can get rid of some of that energy they have. It is situated in the Malvern Hills and surrounded by a deer park. It has a 22 acre arboretum leading down to the lake as well as plenty of other things for you to enjoy.
There are the adventure playground and assault course for children and a maze. Whilst for the adults there is some wonderful woodland and lakeside walks that they may find pleasant. Then after working up an appetite one can head over to the castles tea rooms for a spot of lunch.
No visit to Worcester would be complete without spending time at the Royal Worcester Visitor Centre. This attraction is located just 2 minutes walk from the Cathedral. There are many guided tours or you can elect to watch the skilled craftsmen at work. Plus if you feel especially creative you could always have a go at painting a plate for yourself. Royal Worcester was established in 1751 and its name is synonymous with the production of good quality bone china and porcelain products.
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