Whatever your interest, Worcestershire is packed with some great things to do. The English Civil War began and ended in Worcester with defeat for the Royalist forces in 1651. The Civil War Museum at The Commandery is a short walk from the cathedral and well worth a visit – you’ll be invited to answer whether you’d have been a Royalist or a Parliamentarian – as is the Museum of Royal Worcester, a nod towards the city’s industrial heritage. Porcelain is one of two major internationally-known products that the city is famous for with the other being Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, though unfortunately you’re unable to tour the factory where it is made.
The River Severn offers scenic walks and across the river bridge you’ll find Worcestershire County Cricket Club, one of England’s, if not the world’s, most beautiful cricket grounds. A day at New Road is highly recommended for any sports lover – but you can also drop in on non-matchdays too. If you’re planning a winter visit, Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre, situated mainly along the medieval thoroughfare of New Street and Friar Street, is crammed with traders proffering seasonal goods and food and drink. There’s also a funfair for thrillseekers of all ages.
Going from city to town and country, no extended stay in Worcestershire is complete without a visit to the Malvern Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Spanning some eight miles up hill and down dale you can walk the Malverns for days if you wish.
A day in Wyre Forest is highly recommended and there are plenty of tourism and leisure options available. Wyre Forest Discovery Centre near Bewdley offers scenic woodland walks, cycle tracks and horse trails, perfect picnic spots and Go Ape challenges to conquer. You can hop aboard the Severn Valley Railway, one of the UK’s best-loved heritage railway lines, from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth in South Shropshire. The 16-mile journey can make a great day out in itself with walks in the lush countryside and stop-offs at nearby hostelries.
Morgan Motor Company
Pickersleigh Rd, Malvern WR14 2LL
Guided tours of the Morgan Motor Company are available during weekdays, or on select Saturdays. Limited to just 18 visitors per tour, an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide will introduce you to the Morgan brand, explaining the story and heritage of the company, before guiding you through the factory workshops, explaining how each car is hand crafted. Each visitor will be issued with a headset to ensure they can hear the tour guide clearly in each workshop. Visit website
Harvington Hall Ln, Harvington, Kidderminster DY10 4LR
Harvington Hall is a moated manor house with the largest surviving series of priest hides in the country and a collection of original Elizabethan wall paintings. Visit website
West Midland Safari Park
Spring Grove Rd, Bewdley, Kidderminster DY12 1LF
West Midland Safari Park is located on the A456 between Kidderminster and Bewdley. Here you can find some of the world’s most amazing endangered exotic animals as well as rides for all ages, educational facilities and it’s also a major events venue. See southern white rhino, giraffes and zebras on the African Plains; one-horned rhino, Philippine spotted deer and the dainty blackbuck in Wild Asia and other fascinating mammals such as tigers, cheetahs, African lions and African elephants. Visit website
School Rd, Droitwich Spa WR9 7EA
Hanbury Hall is a country retreat in the heart of Worcestershire. The house and garden were originally a stage-set for summer parties and offer a glimpse into life at the turn of the 18th century. Don’t miss the original wall-paintings by Sir James Thornhill and the beautifully restored formal gardens, originally designed by George London. Visit website
Rebecca Rd, High Green, Worcester WR8 9DW
Croome’s estate has many charms including a grand country house and beautiful grounds designed by Capability Brown. The Walled Gardens at Croome Court is Britain’s largest Georgian walled garden and a privately funded restoration project by the Cronin family since 2000. Visit website
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