The beautiful Malvern Hills are a great place to get outdoors and explore on foot, by cycle or car. You can scale some of the Beacons in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a breath taking views across the county. There are many trails across the ancient hills to enjoy and take in the fresh air. Tour through the spa town of Malvern to take in the water, check out Tenbury Wells on the River Teme and enjoy the marina at Upton upon Severn, once an important river port with its collection of old buildings. Or drive the 40 mile Spring Blossom trail through the Vale of Evesham.
Visit Worcester Cathedral in the county’s only city to admire the stained glass, take in the panoramic views, view the ancient crypt and the royal burial tombs of King John and Prince Albert. The Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is packed with a wealth of exhibits for all the family including a Roman mosaic pavement and a Glover’s workshop. The Commandery museum is great for learning about the English Civil War whilst a visit to the Tudor House Museum will take you back in time as far as the weavers of the 1500s. You can also tour The Museum of Royal Worcester which houses over 10,000 items of ceramics or the National Trust’s Greyfriars House. If you are looking for some retail therapy Worcester high street is home to retail names and numerous individual boutiques. Perhaps pay a visit to Crowngate Shopping Centre of browse one of the many markets held here each year. If you are venturing further afield the county’s market towns will provide an abundance of opportunities to enjoy art and craft shops, antique outlets and of course local food and drink – look out for asparagus, apples, pears and cider!
Worcestershire has a number of stately homes to enjoy, choose from Hagley Hall a pink sandstone Palladian mansion, the moated Harvington Hall famous for its secret priest holes, Hanbury Hall surrounded by 400 acres of gardens and parklands, the now ruined Witley Hall, once one of the most stunning stately homes in the country before a large fire in 1936 and Croome Court with its views across the Malvern Hills.
You can visit the Holy Austin Rock Houses at Kinver Edge before taking a forest walk or enjoying a picnic. It’s easy to see why Worcestershire may have inspired The Shire in J.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth in the novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Motoring enthusiasts can enjoy a tour of the Morgan Motor Car Factory at Malvern to take in classic British engineering on a factory tour. For a real treat or a special occasion you can hire a Morgan motor car and head for the hills and vales to enjoy a tour of the stunning countryside.
Worcestershire’s famous names include composer Sir Edward Elgar, rock legend and Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant, actor Charles Dance and Harry Styles of One Direction fame.
Worcestershire has a large range of annual events, including the early Spring British Asparagus Festival, the Worcester Motor Show, the Upton Jazz Festival, the Pershore Plum Festival, the Evesham Steam Festival and the regionally important Three Counties Show – an agricultural and countryside spectacular.
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