By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
Proudly overlooking the beautiful River Severn, the majestic Worcester Cathedral boasts a rich history dating back to the 7th century.
Worcester Cathedral is the burial place of the notorious ‘Bad’ King John – villain of the Robin Hood stories – most famous for sealing the Magna Carta, who rests in front of the High Altar. His effigy is the oldest royal effigy in England.
History comes alive
Visitors of all, or no, faiths will receive a warm welcome to one of England’s loveliest cathedrals, with lots to see, as you soak up the atmosphere of the building.
Stroll around the stunning architecture that has stood the test of time through King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, and the English Civil War, and you may recognise some famous names that are commemorated within the hallowed walls.
Among them, the ashes of three-time Prime Minister of England, Stanley Baldwin, are in the Nave near the West Door; while English composer, Sir Edward Elgar, who lived most of his life in the county, is remembered with a plaque and a memorial window in the North Nave Aisle.
Lots to see and do all year round
The magnificent stained glass windows in the Cloister tell the story of England from the 9th century to the 19th century, and you can ‘adopt’ a Cloister window to help support the on-going conservation and running costs.
You’ll find a host of different activities and events taking place throughout the year, including exhibitions and concerts; family trails; and socially-distanced tours of different, and surprising, areas around the cathedral.
There is convenient parking nearby, and the Cloister Café, in the medieval East Cloister, is ready to serve you a reviving drink and something tasty to eat, when you are ready to relax.
Don’t leave without a souvenir of your visit – browse a while in the Cathedral gift shop that carries a range of unusual gifts and souvenirs from pocket money items to jewellery; church supplies; greeting cards; books and CDs.