You can’t explore Worcestershire without delving into it’s past.
A County steeped in history, famed for its role in the Civil War but also home to industry like the Royal Porcelain and the Needle Works in Redditch.
There are a great selection of Historic Houses across the County as well as various Museums depicting its history – from the music of Elgar to the Carpet Museum in Kidderminster. There is a selection of churches scattered across Worcestershire telling of its religious history, one example being Great Witley Parish Church, with the most stunning interior of any Baroque church in England.
For those that prefer to soak up the scenery, you can take a journey on Britain’s premier steam railway, which provides some of the best riverside views in the country as it winds its way alongside the River Severn.
Worcester itself is a great picture of the old and the new: the city’s busy high street is situated only a short walk away from the Cathedral and the Commandery, where you can hear stories of inhabitants going back seven centuries.
The Commandery is the perfect place for a family day out – get to know your fearsome weapons, get stuck into our historic displays or become a Commandery explorer in our gardens. We also have an independent café on site, Commandery Coffee, which serves delicious home-made food, artisan coffee and loose leaf teas.
Severn Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway, chugs merrily through 16 miles of 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.
Witley Court and Gardens
Explore the dramatic ruins of Witley Court and travel back to a world of lavish house parties. Learn the stories behind the people who once lived and partied here, from servants to royal visitors. Discover elaborate parterre gardens and monumental fountains then find your way through enchanting woodland. As you explore the extensive grounds, remember to keep an eye out for the beautiful birds, including the great crested grebe, which make up Witley’s varied wildlife.
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BewdleyWest Midland Safari Park has a great line up of fantastic family entertainment for the summer season this year.
WorcesterA ‘Capability’ Brown landscape with acres of parkland waiting to be discovered. Explore Croome Court which stands proudly at it’s heart or visit our restored wartime buildings now a RAF museum and Visitor Centre.
EveshamA 14th Century building, once part of the medieval Abbey complex, now home to a unique and eclectic collection that tells the story of the area from the prehistoric to the present day.
WorcesterWelcome to the Bank House, a unique vision of a classic hotel where traditional meets modern for a unique and memorable experience.
RedditchDonatello’s Ice cream is a small family business with over 30 years experience of putting smiles on faces.
MalvernThe Holywell Spring is the original and now only source of Malvern Water - records indicate that bottling production began on the site of the Holy Well as early as 1622.
BromsgroveBeautiful 200 year old barns converted into 12 craft studio workshops, plant shop, daytime farmhouse restaurant, craft gallery and gift shop. Superb landscape gardens with stunning views of the Malverns.
EveshamThe Quintessential English Pub, owned by the National Trust and run with a love of tradition.
Upton upon SevernA family run business based in Worcestershire. You can get our extensive range of British Puddings direct, from Farmer's Markets or a growing number of suppliers.
WorcesterThe Teme Valley Brewery opened in 1997 at The Talbot Inn, Knightwick next to the River Teme. Family owned and in The Heart of Worcestershire Hop Growing Region.
DroitwichWebbs, Wychbold is one of the biggest garden centres in the UK and has been awarded Garden Centre of the Year three times! Catering for all your garden and home needs.
LedburyWestons Cider is situated in the Herefordshire countryside on the A449 between Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye. Guided Mill Tours at 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm and 3.30pm daily. Cider Shop open daily. Free Parking, Free Play Park.
Worcester100 acres of ancient woodland, 10 acres of wildflower meadow. 2 waymarked circular walks, children's play area. Visitor Centre and Cafe.
KidderminsterDiscover Worcestershire's story, explore the magnificent grounds, and follow in the footsteps of Royalty as you enjoy a visit to Hartlebury Castle and Worcestershire County Museum.
RedditchThis unique heritage site tells both the history of needle making in the listed Victorian water scouring Forge Mill and the story of the 12th Century Cistercian Bordesley Abbey ruins, in the adjoining Visitor Centre.