The rolling countryside is home to quaint villages, bustling market towns, wooded river valleys, orchards and farmland. The rivers of the Avon and the Severn – the UK’s longest river and home to the port of Bewdley, wind their way through the county. The Vale of Evesham is famous for its market gardening and between April and May the blossom trail allows drivers to see the apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees in pink and white bloom.
Worcestershire’s landlocked position means it is bordered by Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Gloucestershire.
Worcestershire is full of historic buildings including Harvington Hall, Hanbury Hall, Witley Court and Croome Court. In the only city in the county you will find Worcester Cathedral, one of the oldest in the country and the final resting place of King John, together with the rebuilt crypt restored to its 1084 condition.
Other sites of interest include the Pump Rooms at Tenbury Wells, The Commandery Museum and the Forge Mill Needle Museum. The county boasts the legacy of the Victorian era with spa towns whilst the brine baths at Droitwich, unique in the UK, date back to Roman times.
Worcestershire’s local food specialities include the world famous Worcestershire sauce and Malvern pudding – best baked with the fruit for which Worcestershire is well known. Local varieties include the Worcester Black Pear, the apple known as the Worcester Pearmain and the Pershore plum.
The largely rural county of Worcestershire in the Midlands is surrounded by Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Gloucestershire.
Worcestershire has a population of around 600,000 people, the county town and only city being Worcester, with significant other towns at Droitwich, Evesham, Kidderminster and the river town of Stourport.
The county benefits from rolling countryside, undulating hills, wooden valleys, quaint villages and bustling market towns and the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of the Malvern Hills to the West and the Cotswolds to the South.