Why visit Worcester?
Steeped in history and natural beauty, Worcester – the urban heartland of Worcestershire – is the emblematic English cathedral city. The towering focal point, dating back to 1084, is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the country. Explore the vaulted crypt and medieval cloisters for free; visit on a Saturday to climb The Tower for superb views of the area. Admire the half-timbered Tudor buildings along Friar Street, now housing a selection of independent boutiques, restaurants and museums, or walk a trail along the River Severn, Britain’s longest river, stretching 220 miles.
- built in the 13th century, The Commandery has a fascinating history connected to the English Civil War
- the city’s cricket ground at New Road is rated as one of the most picturesque in England
- looking for a souvenir? Pick up some Royal Worcester porcelain. The former factory is now a museum with gift shop
- Worcester sauce also hails from these parts. It was first concocted in 1837, by chemists John Wheeley Lea and William Perrins – although the origin of the recipe is shrouded in mystery
- with so much history, it’s no surprise ghosts and ghouls roam the streets. Trace them on a night tour, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm from September to April. Tickets, £8.50. No under-12s allowed
- visit on Monday, Wednesday or Saturday to buy crafts, deli items and street food at the outdoor market on Angel Place.