Worcestershire Travel Guide

Panorama Tower at Croome Park, Worcestershire

Introduction and Overview

The Worcestershire Travel Guide outlines the main attractions, entertainment and places of interest for visitors. The area guide includes travel information on local events, transport, entertainment, facts & figures and accommodation giving an insight in to the scenic county.

The county is located centrally in the West Midlands in the heart of England, the county has historical attractions from its past and modern day ones to interest visitors.

Perhaps the most famous stand out attraction is the magnificent Worcester Cathedral thought to be one of the finest examples in the UK, the county also boasts one of premier safari parks in the UK.

Historically famous for porcelain, carpets and Worcester sauce, there is much more to Worcestershire for visitors to discover. It is also home to Malvern and Clent Hills, the Vale of Evesham and the Severn Valley Railway among others. The county has a timeless sense to it and visitors exploring are greeted with some stunning views whilst strolling on the numerous riverside walks.

Its central location means to the north is the West Midlands, to the east the delightful Cotswolds whilst to the south of the county is rich agricultural land of the Vale of Evesham which benefits from the fertile waters of the River Avon, has become an unparalleled area for growing fruit and vegetables.

The Wyre Forest is one of England's largest forests and has some awe inspiring scenery, the river Severn meandering through the Worcestershire countryside is a splendid sight for visitors.

The county’s capital is Worcester, a city created by the Romans who wanted to benefit from the resources of the Severn which runs through the city.

Famed for its superb cathedral, it was built in the 7th century and rebuilt 400 years later, it contains the tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, elder brother of Henry VIII. Worcester was dependent on the manufacture of cloth for a long time and by the middle of the 17th century it had became one the largest towns in England.

In 1751 the economy in the local vicinity was given a boost by the opening of a factory to make porcelain. The present day company Royal Worcester, is renowned for its offerings. There is a museum near the factory that boasts a large collection of porcelain.

Across Worcestershire visitors will find many picturesque villages and towns among then is the market town of Ledbury which has leaning half-timbered cottages and narrow alleyways. Over the centuries it has inspired a number of notable writers and artists including Wordsworth.

Visitors seeking a great view can go to one of the highest points in the county, Walton Hill in the Clent Hills. Views from the summit here mean you can see for over twenty miles all around.

Evesham town is located in Britain’s principal fruit growing region, the historic ancient market town stands on the banks of the River Avon. There is 16th century bell tower at over 100ft high and together with two churches and an almonry, are all that remain of one of the wealthiest monasteries in Britain.

There are also the 12th century All Saint’s Church and the 16th century Church of St. Lawrence and the 12th century Abbot Reginald’s Gateway.

The Vale of Evesham is referred to as the fruit basket of England in reference to its rich farmlands. Lower river Avon is a popular place to take a riverside walk with the riverside pubs and restaurants to try, it makes for a scenic relaxing stroll. There are also boat trips visitors can go on here.

Bromsgrove is located 15 miles to the north of Worcester. Visitor attractions include the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, known for its large collection of telephone kiosks. The town is located 15 minutes drive from Hanbury Hall, a historic 18th century country house, garden and park. The town is host to the Bromsgrove Festival, an annual music festival established back in 1960, featuring classical music and other genres.

Malvern is located 10 miles south west of Worcester, Malvern is a spa town and includes Great Malvern, the commercial centre of the area. Malvern was founded back in the 11th century; notable historic buildings include Great Malvern Priory, a historic Anglican church and the Malvern Museum that includes local historical artefacts and archaeological discoveries going back centuries up to the modern age.

The Malvern Hills (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) are located close by, popular with walkers, the area includes a number of scenic towns and villages.

Droitwich is a spa town located 7 miles north east of Worcester. The town dates back to Roman times making it one of the most historic spa towns in the UK. The town is well known for its large salt deposits which have been extracted for hundreds of years.

The town is located in the scenic Worcestershire countryside and is surrounded by a number of small villages making it an area full of character. Historic buildings in the town include St Richard’s House and the Raven Hotel, recognisable from its timber frame construction.

Kidderminster is located in the north of Worcestershire 15 miles from Worcester. The main industry in the town historically has been carpet manufacture, which has influenced much in the town. Historic buildings include the sole remaining tower of Caldwell Castle estimated to date back to the 14th century.

The town includes a number of historic pubs each with its own character offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy food and drink in traditional English pubs.

Redditch is located in north east part of the county, the town was once the centre of the needle industry in the 19th century. Points of interest for visitors include Bordesley Abbey, now in ruins, the archaeological site dates back to the 12th century.

Forge Mill Needle Museum in the town includes the history of the both the needle and fishing tackle industries in the town, through models, displays and recreated scenes providing an insight in to the rich history of Redditch. The Arrow Valley Country Park is a 900 acres country park popular for fishing, sailing and bird watching.

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre is a large shopping centre with large department stores, smaller retailers, cinema and cafes and restaurants.

Worcestershire offers a number of attractions for tourists, whilst it may be famed for its cathedral, Worcester sauce and porcelain, a closer look shows there is a lot more besides.

The central location mean it is relatively easy for visitors from the north and south of the UK to get to, whilst international visitors have Birmingham Airport from which to approach the county. The rural landscape and lovely countryside makes for scenic touring of the county for visitors to enjoy.

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