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48 Hours in Worcestershire

You will be surprised how much you can pack into 48 hours in Worcestershire. 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!

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Day One

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.

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

Stanbrook Abbey both offer fine dining experiences in their beautiful hotel.

Day Two

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 West Midland Safari Park which has rides for thrill seekers and an array of animals big and small – can you spot the baby giraffe?

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.

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The Guildhall

The Guildhall Worcester is a truly beautiful building which dates back to 1721.

Begun in 1721 The Guildhall replaced an earlier building occupying the same site on the High Street. The designer was reputedly Thomas White, a local stonemason. The building was constructed in the Queen Anne style and contained the administrative centre for Worcester as well as civil and assize courts for the county of Worcestershire. The courts have gone but the Guildhall is still the…

Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral has been a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries.

Open to visit 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, 1pm to 3pm Sunday.

There is no charge to visit, donations are welcomed.

We're Good to Go' - following all government guidance re covid safety measures.

CafE and Shop is open from 10 am - 4 pm - Monday to Saturday

Turn Up For a Tour is available at 11am or 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday. These Historical Tours of the Cathedral start from the Welcome…

The Commandery

Encounter the past brought to life in a beautiful Grade I listed building with an 800 year history.

Worcester's Civil War Story evokes the momentous build-up to the Battle of Worcester. Discover a new interactive exhibition at The Commandery, former Royalist battle headquarters in 1651, and experience a pivotal moment in English history. Step into the dramatic debate between Royalist and Parliamentarian beliefs, encounter powerful pieces of the past, imagine daily life as a militia soldier 300…

The Firs - Elgar Birthplace

The birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar is most definitely home to ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

Eat,shop,stay: Brand new Tea-room with outdoor area within the Visitor Centre (near car park). Elgar memorabilia and music for sale within the Tea-room. Picnic spaces around the Visitor Centre.

Things to see and do: The Elgar Experience Exhibition, The Birthplace Cottage, Cottage garden and Visitor Centre.

Dogs: Assistance dogs welcome throughout the property. Other dogs are welcome on leads…

Cottage in the Wood

Situated high on the eastern slopes of the Malvern Hills lies The Cottage in the Wood.

The bar and lounge area, with ample comfortable seating and lit in winter by a flickering log fire, is well stocked with a selection of beers and spirits.

Beyond is the piece de resistance, a spacious and elegant recently enlarged restaurant, where the delicious views through the tall windows are equalled only by the lofty reputation enjoyed by the cooking of the chef brigade, headed by another…

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

Take a unique journey through time when you stay at this luxury hotel in Worcester.

Once a historic monastery offering silence and spiritual direction, Stanbrook Abbey has been completely transformed into a modern hotel yet still offers its inhabitants a secluded retreat. Stanbrook Abbey hotel rooms in Worcester featurea beautiful collection of 55bedrooms from our cosy Classic rooms to our sumptuous Suites and the grand splendour of our five bedroom Georgian manor house our…

Severn Valley Railway

Step back in time to the golden age of steam on the Severn Valley Railway with an incredible adventure Worcestershire.

Plus, there's a variety of events throughout the year including Step Back to the 1940s, Santa Trains, Halloween and the popular steam and diesel galas.
If you want to indulge, try the Severn Valley Railway's delectable dining packages enabling you to enjoy a sumptuous meal on board one of the beautiful heritage dining carriages as it passes through the countryside or experience silver service at…

West Midland Safari Park

West Midland Safari Park has a great line up of fantastic family entertainment for the summer season this year.

As this is a self-drive safari, you can travel round in your own vehicle and even get the chance to feed some of the animals! What's more, you can drive through as many times as you wish! Alternatively, if you prefer to be driven, then you are able to book a guided minibus tour for an extra charge.
There's also a Discovery Trail showcasing Lorikeet Landing, where you can get up close and personal…

GoApe! Wyre Forest

Go Ape is the UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure!

Award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Set within beautiful forests, families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior. It's a day out like no other.
We think everyone has the Go Ape spirit just waiting to be unleashed! There's no greater rush than the great outdoors, so whether your tribe is a stag do, birthday…

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