Friar Street and New Street
Worcester is filled with wonderful architecture from the elaborage Georgian Guildhall to some of the best preserved 15th and 16th century buildings on Friar Street and New Street, actually the same street that just changes names partway down, heading towards the old Cornmarket intersection. lots of crooked half timbered houses and buildings, and a couple of larger ones. Greyfriars is a National Trust museum worth looking into with a pretty walled garden behind it. There's also the Museum of Local Life, also in a black and white timbered building, on Foregate sTreet. There are old churches and a very old hospital as well. There is a small green courtyard behind an iron fence, ringed by old almshouses that are now private residences i think. This is just off a side street off Friar Street. The Commandery is a Tudor era building in excellent repair and there are a lot of lovely Victorian and Georgian buildings around as well.
Split in half
The tomb of Nicholas Bullingham (Bishop of both Worcester and of Lincoln in his time) was orginally set into a recess elsewhere in the cathedral. It may not have looked quite so weird there, but I doubt it; whoever thought up the idea of having him divided by a huge block of masonry? Very strange......................
The Guildhall is the current home of the Town Council and is an impressive building that dominates the lower High Street near the Cathedral. It was built in the early 1700’s and replaced an existing timber framed building that dated back to the 13th Century. Two Corinthian pillars stand either side of the entrance with the Hanoverian coat of arms and a statue of Queen Anne above. On the roof the three central statues represent Peace, Justice and Plenty. The building has two wings that were added a little later and the left hand one is where the Tourist Information Centre is now located.
Impressive half timbered building in the city centre that dates from the 15th century now owned and run by the National Trust.
There are panelled walls inside and a walled garden outside and a cafe for visitors.
There is an admission charge of £4 per adult (2009 prices).
Worcester is a very old city dating to the Roman period, later with strong Royalist ties during the English Civil war it was the site of the first and the last battles of the war. It was the home of composer Edward Elgar and that name is found repeated all over the city. It has a lovely cathedral situated along the Severn River, dating back to the Norman age with various other periods represented up to some Victorian exteriors.
There are some lovely old buildings, very well preserved, dating back to the 15th century. The Cathedral is majestic and is one of the nicest i've been in. It overlooks the Severn River which flows through the city.
Worcester is also the home to the Royal Worcester porcelain factory, just a few steps away from the Cathedral close. Worcester is also famous for that rich brown Worcestershire Sauce, still made here, and used to be well known for glove making as well and there are still references to it around, including an old free standing church spire, locally known as the Glover's Needle. Worcester can also boast of having the oldest newspaper still published in the U.K, the Worcester Journal.
Worcester has lots of shops, a nice pedestrian area in the historic center. There is a wide variety of restaurants and plenty of pubs to keep anyone going. Worcester is relatively flat but just a few miles outside of town are the Malvern Hills for anyone that has a bit more energy.