Worcester Travel Guide

  • The River Severn near the Cathedral
    The River Severn near the Cathedral
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  • Worcester Cathedral from the courtyard cloisters
    Worcester Cathedral from the courtyard...
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  • Edward Elgar lived here - opposite the Cathedral
    Edward Elgar lived here - opposite the...
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Worcester Highlights

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     Wonderful cathedral, interesting historical town 

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     A shortage of quality hotels in the centre. 

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     If you like York, Bath & Chester... give Worcester a visit!!! 

Worcester Things to Do

  • Victorian Fayre Worcester

    Annually, and usually over the first weekend in December is the showcase in Worcesters tourist calendar... The Victorian Fayre. The streets of Worcester are transformed back to the 19th Century (sort of!); stallholders dressed in Victorian costumes are selling crafts and gifts, the smell of mulled wine fills the air along with the aroma of hot...

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  • The Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory

    Porcelain is one of the things that Worcester is famous for and there is plenty to do at the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory. Guided tours are available to see how figurines and various plates, mugs etc. are made and painted with their intricate designs. There is also a museum with an audio tour. Kids are not forgotten, there is a Fascinating...

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  • Worcester

    The reason I visited Worcester was because I would like to see how the hometown of my favorite Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce looked like.Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is made to the original recipe in two factories. The original factory in Worcester, and a sister factory in New Jersey USA. The New Jersey factory follows the same recipe as...

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  • Upton upon Severn

    Just 6 miles south of Worcester following the river Severn is the pretty little town of Upton, a popular destination for day trippers during the summer months.There is a marina at Upton and you can take a boat trip along the river to look at the beautiful Worcestershire countryside with the Malvern hills glimmering in the distance.There are plenty...

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  • Elgar's Statue

    Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Britain's greatest classical composer, came from Worcester. There are several memorials to him, including this statue at the end of Worcester High Street, facing the cathedral, only yards from where his father's music store once stood. Elgar was an active member of the Worcester Glee Club, along with his father, and he...

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  • Edgar Tower or St Mary’s Gate

    When we walked up the the Cathedral, we went through big gate. The gate would admit one car, but there were poles in the middle of the gate. A person could get the pole to retract if they had an appropriate key or pass to put into the receptacle. We later found this tower guarding a gateway in the city wall was thought to have been build in the...

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Worcester Restaurants

  • Hodson's Choice

    This is a nice coffee shop that serves a great full English breakfast and also has a large menu for lunch and afternoon teas. Cakes, pastries and gateaux seem to be their specialities. The tea comes in pots with spare hot water as opposed to mugs and they source products locally where they can. There are plenty of tables (reservations are accepted)...

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  • Rough but Original

    The reviews of this pub in 2002 said it was a rough crowd and since we had our grandson with us, we decided to give it a miss.

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  • What an Indian Food in UK!

    What a place for an indian food with indian songs being played. Though indian songs are continuously being repeated but good to hear them when you are out of conuntry.Enormous no of British also eat here as he serves good food (especially NAN's are very soft).Though i tried lot of other indian restaurants in Worcester, this one was best among all...

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  • Service with a Smile

    This Thai and Malaysian Restaurant has a pleasant and authentic atmosphere and seems very popular so booking for larger parties or during busy times is probably a good idea. I found the service both friendly and attentive.Take away is also available Nasi Goreng (Malaysian stir fry), also try the Malaysian house red wine.

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  • good value

    Cafe Rouge is a nice place to sit outside in Friar Street. Opening hours: 10:00-22:00 Sun-Thur, 10:00-23:00 Fri & Sat They do a great roast pork and stuffing sandwich. One is enough for two people: It's massive!

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  • Excellent fresh British food

    Situated in David's Garden Centre, at Martin Hussingtree, just two miles up the A38 from Worcester's northern boundary.Jeanette, the Chef/Manager has retained the City Council's Hygeine Excellence and Healthy Eating awards for the second consecutive year. (2006)The restaurant has a nice relaxed atmosphere and service is usually quite fast and...

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Worcester Nightlife

  • City centre pub

    Affectionately known to locals as 'the Blower' this is a fairly nice pub to sit around in drinking with friends. It can get a little bit rowdy outside at closing time, and isn't really in the nicest surroundings sandwiched as it is between MacDonalds and Kwik Save, but I've spent a few pleasant evenings here.

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  • Saturday Night Dance Party

    While visiting Acacia at Indian Meadows, you will find GREAT music to dance to within a wonderful atmosphere. The average audience is over 35, fun loving, warm and loves to dance. This event happens once a month, usually on the 2nd Saturday, except for Nov, where it takes place on the 1st Saturday Nov7th. We provide finger food for you to nibble...

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  • Beer In Church!!!

    Slug and Lettuce is part of a national chain of Pubs/nightclubs but this one is a bit more intresting as it's housed in an impressive converted church. It features two bars... one downstairs in the main room/dancefloor area and one upstairs in the Balcony area. By day it's as a restaurant/bar serving the usual pubfood fayre... by evening it...

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  • An upstream pub

    This is a new looking pub with a beer garden and kids playthings. It is geared up for food and has a varied menu with curies a speciality. It's a free house and has five real ale pumps (although only three were on) and bottled St Peter’s Bitter. The food was warming but not exceptional and the beer was a little warm but it is a nice pub and worth a...

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  • Nicking Swans

    You’ll no doubt be drawn into this place because of the interesting name and you’ll also find an interesting pub. Difficult to describe the atmosphere, there seems to be a bit of a student/Manc/gay/couples/Irish/whatever thing going on, eclectic is probably the word I‘m grasping for. I wasn’t even sure I'd gone into the right place as there is also...

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  • A beer with the Cardinal

    A must visit place for any fans of continental beer as there are a number of imported Austrian beers on offer including a Dunkel, a Pils and a Weissbier. Back in 2002 the bureaucrats at the Weights & Measures department stopped the Austrian landlady from selling in half and full litre earthenware steins insisting that pints and half pints were...

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Worcester Transportation

  • Worcester and Birmingham Canal and...

    There are river cruises available in Worcester, but we arrived by canal boat. This is a very relaxing and different way to view the city. The canal ends up within walking distance of the cathedral and the Royal Worcester factory.There is also a canal boat rental facility right in Worcester and the Worcester Marina. Within 25 minutes cruising...

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  • Worcester Walks Tours

    Worcester Walks offers a number of themed walks with Green Badge guides including,Canals & RiversCity Centre ChurchesTudor TimesSir Edward ElgarPubs with Past & PassionGeorgian & Victorian WorcesterEach lasts around 90 minutes and leave from outside the Guildhall at 11.00am weekdays from April to September. Other dates and times by appointment....

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  • Park and Ride

    There is only one park and ride for Worcester, on the A38 Droitwich road. Buses are frequent, taking you into the bus station in the town centre, and the site itelf has ample parking. It's always cheaper to use a park & ride for anything more than a very short visit, and far better than the hassle of trying to find a parking space in an unknown...

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Worcester Shopping

  • Souvenir shops

    I thought this was a cute name ("Don't Look A Gift Horse..." etc), but it was closed when we went by.

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  • shopping mall

    Cathedral Plaza is Worcester's newest and biggest shopping centre, complete with multi-storey car park.

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  • College for take-away food

    This must be one of the most unusual places to go and buy take-away food. The shop is open twice a day, 1.00pm to 1.30pm and again 3.45pm to 4.00pm ( yes only 15 minutes) . The aim is to sell the food prepared by the students in the restaurant and catering department of the College Plated meals, soups, cakes, creme boulees, glazed trout 50p to...

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Worcester Warnings and Dangers

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    Which Station?

    by ALANinWORCS69 Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    As mentioned in my "Transportation" tips Worcester has 2 stations (surprising as it's not a very big City). Anyway, if you want to get off in the City Centre then Foregate Street is your place, otherwise expect a walk of just under a mile to the City Centre from the other Station... "Shrub Hill".
    Shrub Hill is larger and would be the first stop for trains arriving from London/Cheltenham/Oxford.
    As all train stations taxi's are plentiful... just outside the entrance.
    Limited parking at Shrub Hill, No Parking at Foregate Street.

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Worcester Off The Beaten Path

  • Worcester Canal Life

    We rented a canal boat on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal which runs between Worcester and Birmingham. The main line is 30 miles long (48km) with 58 locks. We rented in the middle and went down to Worcester because there were less locks in that direction. In Worcester, the canal intersects with the Severn River. The canal was built between 1791...

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  • Chapter House

    The Chapter House was built by Bishop Wulfstan (1062-95). The large widows were added in the 14th century, It was the first round chapter house in Europe and it is the oldest chapter house in England. It was used as a meeting place for the Chapter of monks, where the affairs of the cathedral and monastery were discussed.

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  • Lovely monuments.

    There are lots of beautiful monuments and tombs in Worcester Cathedral (as in all English cathedrals) but it is easy to miss them. Take the time to look closely at some...............they not only tell you about the person they commemorate but also about the times they lived in. Look at the clothes on the one in the photo; a perfect example of a...

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Worcester Sports & Outdoors

  • Diglis Basin Marina

    We did not visit Diglis Basin and do not know if this marina was even there when we were there. They did have boats moored in the basin

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  • A Day at the Races

    Worcester racecourse hosts around 20 horse race meetings a year with some themed days, ladies day, musical themes, kids fun days etc. Centre course and Grandstand enclosures are £6 and £12 respectively but I would advise paying a bit extra, £18 for a Premier Enclosure ticket especially if the weather is not too good. The Grandstand bar gets very...

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  • County Cricket

    Worcester’s county cricket ground is the perfect spot for sport lovers to relax with a picnic or a pint of beer - in between overs you can sit back and enjoy spectacular views of the cathedral across the river. The ground itself floods every winter as its part of Worcester's food plain.The 1st match in 2003 started on 18th April (Good Friday)...

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Worcester Favorites

  • Friar Street

    Friar Street is Worcester's nicest street. It is full of timbered Tudor buildings, including Greyfriars'

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  • Worcester Weather and National Pollen...

    The National Pollen Station is based at University College Worcester. They are engaged on research on such subjects as Hay Fever and they supply pollen warnings to the radio, television and medical services throughout the year. Their website also has information on the last 7 days weather in Worcester.Their website is...

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  • University College Worcester

    I am currently a postgraduate student here reading 19th Century Studies. The photo is of Prince Edward at the front entrance of the University on 3.1.04 when he came to open the new Digital Arts Centre. Photo from my local radio station web site on the day after the visit.

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