Nestled on the River Severn, Worcester reflects its rich history and culture in medieval, Tudor and Georgian architectural structures reborn as art galleries, music venues and theatres. Parks, gardens and cathedrals also lend a genteel ambiance throughout Worcester.
Things to do in Worcester
Dating back to Norman times, the renowned Worcester Cathedral defines the riverbank and skyline. Visit its royal tombs, medieval cloisters, the Chapter House, St. Wulfstan’s Crypt and King John’s tomb. Within a short walk of the cathedral you’ll find the 11th-century Worcester Castle and Museum of Royal Worcester, home to intricate ceramics.
Worcester Woods Country Park features over 40 hectares of forests and meadows, where you can go hiking and picnicking or have lunch at the Orchard Café. Take the kids over to Gheluvelt Park for a romp in the playground and splash pad, then roam the halls and lawns of Greyfriar’s House and Garden.
The 1580 Tudor House Museum House holds an impressive display of pottery, including the rare Staffordshire Blue. You’ll also find exhibits featuring local history and artefacts, from a tailor and cobbler to a pharmacy and woodworking shop. Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum has both historical and contemporary art, as well as a kids’ activity space.
Head to Friar Street for dinner and drinks, then catch a music, comedy or spoken word event at Huntingdon Hall. You can also check out live theatrical productions at Swan Theatre or head to Pierpoint Street for live music at Marrs Bar.
Getting around Worcester
Worcester has numerous transportation options, including buses, mini-buses, taxis, car shares and bike hire. You can rent a car at several locations around town or at Birmingham International Airport, about 40 kilometres away.