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Worcester destination guide

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. 

Places to eat, drink and shop!


Where to eat

Crowngate, Angel Street

The leafy terrace of the CrownGate shopping centre is a great place to grab a quick bite during summer. Retreat indoors on winter days. There are several safe-bet chains including Carluccio’s and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Try Wildwood for stone-baked pizza and fresh pasta in a trendy bare-brick space.

Hot tip: Got a bee in your bonnet? Stop by at CrownGate’s pollinator garden along Sawmill Walk. Price of food: Pizza from £7.75 

Price of drink: Wine from £4.45; soft drinks from £1.95



George's Bar

Where to drink

George’s Bar, Stanbrooke Abbey Hotel, Jennet Tree Lane

This sumptuous bar sits in the heart of a Grade II-listed Abbey, which has been converted into a hotel. (An order of nuns lived here from 1838 until 2009.) Regency-style furnishings in vibrant hues make it a fun spot for a classy night out. Arrive earlier in the day for afternoon tea. It’s a 20-minute drive from the centre of town to get here.  

Hot tip: Combine a visit with a tour of the Abbey.  

Price of food: Sandwiches around £8  

Price of drink: Cocktails around £10.

Reindeer Court

Where to shop

Reindeer Court, Mealcheapen Street

Find edgy designers, retro gifts and vintage stores in this trendy shopping arcade. Rock Lobster Jewellery sells pieces by whimsical designer Alex Monroe, amongst others, while Hide N Geek stocks comics.

Hot tip: Rock Follies Vintage was rated one of the best regional vintage clothes stores so it’s worth a browse.