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Things to do in Worcester, Worcestershire


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. Worcester's magnificent Cathedral dates back to Norman times, with the crypt being a classic example of Norman architecture. Museums bring back times past, visit The Commandery Civil War Centre and the Museum of Local Life, The Commandery is the only museum in the country solely dedicated to the English Civil War. Worcester has a wide variety of attractions, you will discover the splendid Guildhall, Royal Worcester Porcelain (founded in 1751), with factory tours Monday to Friday and Visitor Centre, museum and factory shops open 7 days a week.

There are landscaped parks, riverside walks and boat trips from South Quay and North Parade. If you enjoy a sporting day out, Worcester Racecourse with its exciting National Hunt programme or the County Cricket Team and its international celebrities may be your pleasure.

Worcester has an impressive history of musical and cultural events and hosts the Three Choirs Festival every three years in August.

A statue of Sir Edward Elgar stands at the end of the High Street, facing the Cathedral. In honour of the great composer, who lived and worked in Worcester during the early part of his life. A few miles west of the City lies the village of Lower Broadheath, birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar. The cottage is now a museum and is open to the public.

Worcester's shopping scene combines individual specialist shops in period passageways and malls with major retail names and the impressive Crowngate centre in the heart of the city. The pedestrianised High Street allows you to shop or browse at your leisure, amidst colourful floral displays and a variety of street entertainers.

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