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Holidays in Worcester

A vibrant city and the birthplace of Edward Elgar

The River Severn

The historic city of Worcester offers something for everyone. Spend time exploring the city’s varied and fascinating history in the City Art Gallery and Museum, the Infirmary Museum, and the Museum of Royal Worcester, which tells the story of its world-renowned porcelain manufacture.

Don’t miss the early 18th-century Guildhall, or the atmospheric 18th century church of St Swithun with its original box pews. On Friar Street you will find the medieval house and garden of Greyfriars (National Trust), a 16th-century timber-framed Tudor House, as well as several eating places, pubs and speciality shops. Also be sure to visit the Tudor House Museum, packed with 500 years of city and industrial history.

Learn about Worcester’s role during the English Civil War in The Commandery and on the adjacent Fort Royal Hill where the last battle of the war raged over 350 years ago.

You will find a wide selection of shopping outlets and an eclectic range of places to eat and drink to suit all tastes and budgets in the city, and throughout the year there is a vibrant programme of events to keep the whole family entertained, including the Worcester Festival weekend and the famous Victorian Christmas Fayre. The Three Choirs Festival is held in the city every three years, and is the oldest non-competitive classical musical festival in the world.

Worcester Guildhall

Take in a show at the Swan Theatre or visit Huntingdon Hall for a diverse range of musical and comedy performances. Relax on a boat cruise, stroll by the River Severn, or wander through one of the city’s beautiful parks. For the energetic, there are guided tours around the city, and for those brave enough, follow a guide into the darker side of Worcester and learn of ghostly experiences during a tour of one of the most haunted cities in Britain.

Sports fans might like to visit a rugby match, the racecourse, or a cricket match at surely the most photogenic of cricket grounds.

In the centre of the city you will find Worcester’s most famous landmark, the Cathedral, which includes royal tombs and a Norman crypt. On a clear day you can climb the 235 steps to the top of the tower where there are spectacular views over the city, River Severn, the Malvern Hills and countryside beyond.

“Worcester is best known for its magnificent Cathedral, world renowned Worcester Porcelain and the famous Worcestershire Sauce”

Facing the cathedral is the statue of Sir Edward Elgar, just a few yards away from the original location of his father’s music shop, which was sadly demolished in the 1960s. Elgar’s birthplace is a short distance from Worcester in the village of Broadheath.

If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city there are two large dog-friendly woodlands to explore. Perry Wood and Nunnery Wood both offer several hectares to while away some peaceful hours. Nunnery Wood is also adjacent to Worcester Woods Country Park, which offers activities for children, is ideal for picnics, and has a café serving delicious food.

We have some lovely holiday cottages in and around Worcester. Why not visit our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

The Elgar Birthplace Museum and Visitor Centre

Discover the story of Elgar, his music and his deep connection to Worcestershire.

Worcester Cathedral

Explore royal tombs, ancient crypts and climb to the top of the tower for magnificent views.

Worcester Riverside

Enjoy relaxing riverside walks, boat trips and tours.

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