While you are visiting the Worcester area of the United Kingdom, it is well worth checking out some of the historical sites there. Here are just a few of them.
Worcester WR6 6JT England 44-1299-896636
Adults: £6.30, Children: £3.80, Concessions: £5.70, EH Member Cost: Free, Family Ticket: £16.40
Consult the web site for current daily hours.
Witley Court consists of what remains of the magnificent 19th century mansion and its landscaped gardens. The gardens still contain the famous, massive stone fountains. Much of the mansion and surrounding area fell into decline after a disastrous fire in 1937. The south garden has been restored by the English Heritage. Much of the East Parterre garden has also been restored with plans for formal gardens similar to the original Nesfield designs. The landscaped gardens are also know for the Woodland Walks in the North Park, which features varies of trees and shrubs from all over the world.
National Trust: Snowshill Manor
Snowshill, near Broadway, Gloucestershire WR12 7JU 01386-852410
Snowshill Manor is home to the ancient Cotswold manor house. Charles Wade restored it specifically for the purpose of displaying his vast collecting of his own restored handmade objects. His collection includes both everyday and unique findings from all over the world. The manor contains thousands of his treasures and is surrounded by a beautiful terraced, hand-crafted garden.
Located directly west of the city of Worcester, Malvern Hills’ eight mile ridge contains some of Britain’s oldest rocks. Visitors enjoy the 4,500 acres of open countryside with many different outdoor activities every year including walking, horse back riding, dog walking, hang gliding, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, football, and field studies. Points of interest include Malvern Link and Common, Colwall, Neland Common, Townsend Way, Poolbrook Common, and Woodfords Meadow.
Broadway Tower Country Park
Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LB 01386 852 390
10:30AM-5:00 PM daily, Adult £4.50, Child (4-14) £2.50, Concession £4.00, Family (2+2) £12
Broadway Tower Country Park houses the Capability Brown Folly Tower. Located right on the Cotswold Way, it is the perfect destination to start any walk, whether it is a short circuit or a longer hike. The tower contains displays on all three floors. The roof platform offers a superb view of England’s countryside from 1024 feet (312 m) above sea level. As Cotswold escarpment’s second highpoint, the view has a 62 mile radius that contains 16 counties.
7:30-6:00PM daily, Free Admission
Tours: May-late October Monday-Saturday 11:00AM and 2:30PM, November-late April Saturdays 11:00AM and 2:30PM
The Worcester Cathedral contains the Royal Tombs, the gorgeous Norman Crypt, the first round Chapter House, and a wide expanse of architectural history. The Cathedral was served by monks until the Reformation, and since the seventh century, has been the seat of a bishopric. The Cathedral is famous for its annual Three Choirs festival, which has been a tradition since the eighteenth century, making it the oldest choral festival to date. In addition to being a site of much history, the cathedral continues to have a vibrant worship community today.
While you are visiting the Worcester Cathedral, it is also worth checking out The Commandery Civil War Center, which was originally used as Charles II’s headquarters for the Battle of Worcester in 1651. It was restored in 2007.
High St, Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 2EY 01905-723471
9:00AM-5:00PM Monday-Saturday, Free Admission
Originally designed as a Worcester merchant meeting place circa 1227, it later became a civic administration center. The current building is a Queen Anne style. The construction was started by Thomas White. It is said that he carved the figures of Queen Anne, Charles I, and Charles II. The interior of the hall is known for its outstanding period decor.
National Trust: Hanbury Hall
School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9 7EA 01527-821214
Consult the web site for times and ticket prices. Schedule changes throughout the year. There are different ticket packages for different parts of the manor.
This beautiful William and Mary-style home was built by Thomas Vernon in 1701. Notable rooms include the recreated Gothic corridor, the restored Hercules rooms, the Smoking room, and the restored staircase with wall paintings by Sir James Thornhill. The manor include four hundred acres of park and twenty acres of recreated early eighteenth century gardens. The grounds include a fruit garden, grove, parterre, orangery, orchard, and bowling ground.
The Elgar Birthplace Museum
Crown East, Lane Lower, Broadheath, Worcester WR2 6RH 01905-333224
11:00AM-5:00PM daily except for December 24-January 31
Admission for both the Birthplace Cottage and Elgar Center: Adult £7.00, Senior £6.00, Child £3.00, Student £4.00, Family (2 adults / 3 children) £14.00
One of England’s greatest composers, Edward Elgar, was born just outside of Worcester. Inspired by his organist father who worked for the Worcester Cathedral, Elgar started writing his own music at an early age. His career included composition, teaching, and conducting. His most well known compositions include Pomp and Circumstance, Enigma Variations, Land of Hope and Glory, and the Dream of Geronitus. His birth home is preserved with artifacts from his ife including his composing desk, photos, family mementos, and personal objects. The Elgar Center regularly hosts lectures, recitals, and other special events. Additionally, it includes an exhibition area with Elgar memorabilia.
Additional historical Worcester sites to check out include Kinver Edge, National Trust: The Greyfriars, Arley Arboretum and Gardens, Arrow Valley Park, Forge Mill Needle Museum and Brodesley Abbey, Gordon Russell Trust, Tutor House, Kidderminster Railway Museum, and the Worcester Porcelain Museum.