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If this is your first trip to the county and you want to see all the ‘biggies’ then follow our whistle stop tour and enjoy exploring our beautiful county!
Why not start your day off in historic Worcester City Centre – one of our many independent coffee shops can fill you with enough caffeine and yummy pastries you set you off to a good start. Wandering around the City centre, you can see the beautiful Guildhall (which is free to visit) and wander up the high street to the City’s impressive Norman Cathedral – famous for Oliver Cromwell riding in on horseback during the Civil War. Friendly volunteers are on hand to point out the key features of the building, like the tombs of King John and King Henry VII’s brother Arthur. During the summer months you can even ascend the many (many) stairs up to the roof where you can enjoy spectacular views of the City and River Severn.
Once you’ve explored the cathedral, take a short stroll to The Commandery, which brings the story of the city’s important role in the Civil War to life, or the Museum of Royal Worcester housing the world’s largest collection of Worcester porcelain.
For lunch, take your pick of Worcester’s wide range of independent cafes and eateries. If you are by the Porcelain Works try Goodroots Café or find a list of other fav’s in Our Food and Drink Section of the site
Next stop – Hop in the car and follow the Elgar Route, which takes in a symphony of sights including the composer’s favourite haunts and the scenery which inspired his music. The must-see locations include Elgar’s birthplace The Firs in Lower Broadheath which is a National Trust Property, the Victorian town of Great Malvern, the Malvern Hills with Elgar-themed walks including Worcestershire Beacon and British Camp and his grave at St Wulstan’s Church.
If you pit stop in Malvern for the evening, you have an array of options for dinner from fine Indian Cuisine, Pizza and those restaurants who specialise in perfecting local produce. Recommendation’s for a ‘taste of Worcestershire’ would include the Mulberry Tree in Great Malvern or the Cottage in the Woods and Stanbrook Abbey both offer find dining experiences in their beautiful hotels.
Time to explore the Wyre Forest area in the north of the county starting with the Severn Valley Railway, which chugs merrily for 16 miles through lush countryside from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth in neighbouring county Shropshire. Relax in your seat, sip a hot drink, read a book or simply enjoy the ride.
If you have younger travellers with you, why not head next to the West Midlands Safari Park which has rides for thrill seekers and an array of animals big and small – can you spot the baby lion cubs?
Or for those older kids, why not try your hand at the High Ropes Course at Go Ape based in the stunning Wyre Forest itself.
If you are looking for lunch options, all the attractions have café’s but if you pit-stopping elsewhere – can we suggest the riverside town of Bewdley. A beautiful town to wander around with an array of riverside eateries and cafés to cater to all tastes.
If your still keen to see more – why not round off your visit with a trip to one of our many stately homes and gardens. If your in the north of the county, why not try Hanbury Hall – a stunning National Trust property near Droitwich or if your heading home via the M5 you could take an afternoon tea break at Spetchley Park Gardens.