Things to do in Worcestershire
Worcestershire is one of the counties comprising the 'Heart of England'. There are industrial pockets in the north, but all are within easy reach of the countryside. In the central and southern areas of the county, Worcestershire remains delightfully rural.
Worcestershire has much to offer visitors with two Spa towns, the Severn Valley Railway, stately homes, and the lovely countryside of the Vale of Evesham. Walking, fishing, canal boating, horse racing can be enjoyed in the county, as can first class cricket.
A Worcestershire Tourist Information office is in the Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, the county town and ancient cathedral city. Worcester is home of Royal Worcester Porcelain and you can take a tour of the factory. There is also the Dyson Perrins museum. There's lots to enjoy if exploring the city centre. You can visit the magnificent 11th century Worcester Cathedral and the Commandery - a museum specialising in the Civil War period.
You might be lucky enough to catch a cricket match at the County Cricket ground in its lovely riverside setting, or you may decide to spend a day at Worcester Racecourse - one of the oldest in the country. A short distance out of the city, at Blackheath is the Elgar Birthplace Museum. This is a traditional, brick-built Worcestershire cottage set in a tranquil garden.
Three miles east of Worcester is Spetchley Park Garden. Stretching over 30 acres, it contains rare shrubs, trees and plants.
Droitwich Spa became a spa town in the Victorian era, and is the only salt-water spa town in Britain. Here visitors can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the waters and discover the history of the town.
In the north of the county, you will find Redditch - famous for needle making and designated a new town in 1964. The Arrow Valley Country Park offers a great day out for families.
Nearby is Bromsgrove - known for its ironwork. The town supplied the gates for Buckingham Palace. A famous son of Bromsgrove was the poet A.E. Houseman, who was educated at St. Edwards School.
The Wyre Forest takes its name from the Forest of Wyre. Once a medieval hunting forest, today there is an attractive visitor centre and forest walks. The Severn Valley Railway passes through 16 miles of glorious countryside from Kidderminster to Bridgenorth. The main towns are Kidderminster, which has been famous for its production of carpets since the 18th century. The town was the birthplace of Rowland Hill, inventor of the penny post. Gardeners should visit Stone House Cottage Garden, an outstanding walled garden with unique towers. Harvington Hall, an Elizabethan moated manor house, is well worth a visit.
Bewdley is a graceful town with many fine Georgian buildings. Thomas Telford's stone bridge makes a striking crossing over the River Severn. There is an excellent Museum where you can learn more about the Wyre Valley.
All the family will enjoy a day out at the West Midlands Safari Park at Bewdley. Here you will meet many wild animals and find plenty of attractions.
Stourport on Severn developed with the building of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal in the late 1700s. It was once one of the busiest inland ports in the midlands. Today it retains its lovely Georgian buildings and is a centre for the pleasure boats cruising the canal and the Severn River.
Tenbury Wells, known as the 'Town in an Orchard', is situated in the valley of the River Teme - a fertile valley known for growing hops, fruit, holly and mistletoe.
The Malvern Hills offer gentle walking and views across surounding counties. Malvern water is famous world wide.
Upton on Severn is known for its annual jazz, blues, water and folk festivals. You can visit the 'Pepper Pot' heritage centre to learn more about this historic town's past.
Pershore, situated on the banks of the River Avon, has many elegant Georgian buildings. The Norman Abbey, whose magnificent lantern tower was built in the mid 1300s, survived the Reformation to become the parish church.
The Vale of Evesham, in the south of the county, is known for the production of fruit and vegetables.
The picturesque town of Broadway lies in the south east of Worcestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds. This is a charming little town built from the local honey coloured stone. The nearby Broadway Tower & Country Park is well worth a visit.
Days out in Worcestershire
Set in a historic Butchers Shambles "A surprise around every corner" fascinating indoor and outdoor displays, brass foundry, jails, resident crafts people.
Broadway Tower & Country Park
See thirteen counties in one day! Broadway Tower is one of England's outstanding viewpoints.
At the heart of the Brockhampton estate lies Lower Brockhampton - a medieval moated manor house with a beautiful timber framed gatehouse.
Burford House & Garden Centre
Uniquely situated where three counties meet, the 7 acres of lawn and stunning borders of Burford House Gardens sweep along the banks of the picturesque River Teme.
Those in need of an antidote to the busy Birmingham suburbs will find a full day of relaxing activities amidst the Clent Hills.
Fans of Lancelot "Capability" Brown will want to visit Croome Park as this was the first major landscape which he designed.
Hagley Hall and Park are among the supreme achievements of eighteenth-century English architecture and landscape gardening.
When Thomas Vernon commissioned Hanbury Hall to be built near Droitwich Spa, he employed only the best designers and artisans to create this lovely William and Mary-style mansion and gardens.
The moated island was made about 1260 and parts of the Hall are medieval, but most of it was built by Humphrey Pakington about 1580.
Little Malvern Court
Little Malvern Court has been the home of the Berington family by descent since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539.
Severn Valley Railway
16 miles of glorious countryside with much of the journey next to the beutiful River Severn.
Spetchley Park Gardens
The Gardens at Spetchley are amongst the finest in the country. Set in lovely countryside 3 miles east of Worcester on the A422 they extend over 30 acres.
Stone House Cottage Gardens
Stone House Cottage Gardens is a one acre walled plantsman's garden with towers. A huge range of unusual plants grown - many for sale in the adjoining nursery. Climbing plants are a speciality.
The Elgar Birthplace Museum
The Cottage in which Elgar was born on 2nd June 1857 is in the heart of the countryside he loved, near the Teme valley and facing the Malvern Hills.
Although Whitley Court is merely a shell of its former magnificence, the impressive scale of the Grade I listed hall and the magnificently restored Grade II listed gardens make this a superb place to visit.
One hundred years ago, Witley Court was one of England's great country houses. Today it is a spectacular ruin following a great fire in 1937.
Worcester Cathedral is England's loveliest cathedral, with Royal tombs, medieval cloisters, an ancient crypt and Chapter House, and magnificent Victorian stained glass.
Join us for National Hunt racing at one of Britain's oldest racecourses, where racing has been taking place on the banks of the River Severn since 1718.
Worcestershire County Museum
Hartlebury Castle has been home to the Bishops of Worcester for over a thousand years.
Places to Visit in Worcestershire
Ashton under Hill
Nestled on the slopes of Bredon Hill, the rural village of Ashton-under-Hill has much to offer for the huge variety of people who inhabit and visit it.
Bewdley is a small town set in the heart of the Severn Valley. The towns history can be traced hundreds of years back, when Bewdley was England's second largest town.
The show village of Broadway lies at the foot of the Cotswold Edge. Renowned the world over for its picturesque beauty, Broadway has been welcoming tourists since the 19th century.
The parish of Crowle comprises three quite distinct settlements: Crowle itself, Crowle Green and a part of Sale Green hamlet. Geographically Crowle lies on the top of a hill known locally as Crowle Bank.
Evesham nestles at the foot of the Cotswold Hills, on the banks of the River Avon, at the heart of the fruit growing industry of the Vale of Evesham. An old market town, Evesham is still a lively shopping centre.
Kidderminster situated about 20 miles from central Birmingham is a town which grew up (probably in Saxon times) around a crossing on the river Stour in Worcestershire.. Later the waters from the river attracted weavers of cloth and from t
The name Malvern is derived from the ancient British language spoken by the people who lived in the area about 2000 years ago, before the Roman invasion. The words 'Moelbyrn' of 'Moel Vern' mean 'bare hill'.
The delightful market town of Pershore is located on the banks of the River Avon and is famous for its Georgian architecture in Bridge Street and Broad Street.
The town of Redditch is in north east Worcestershire about 15 miles south of Birmingham.
Stourport-on-Severn is, uniquely, the only town in Britain to be built solely as a consequence of the coming of the canals. Before the growth of the town there existed a small hamlet called Lower Mitton.
Tenbury lies in the northern part of the Malvern Hills District and borders Shropshire to the north and Herefordshire to the south and west. It is on the south side of the Teme Valley and is built on the valley's flood plain.
Upton upon Severn
The historic town of Upton upon Severn is a thriving town, a perfect specimen of a Severn River port and a place of beauty. Here you will find a mix of half timbered and Georgian buildings, whilst the bridge connects the town with the modern marina.
The historic Cathedral City of Worcester stands on the banks of the River Severn. It can be said that the English civil War began and ended at Worcester, earning the City its motto - 'The Faithful City', for its support of the Stuarts.