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Worcestershire

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Worcestershire is a county in the West Midlands in England. It is best known for the Malvern Hills and the cathedral city of Worcester. It is also the starting point of the Severn Valley Railway.

Cities, towns and villages[edit]

Map of Worcestershire
Map of Worcestershire

Cities[edit]

  • 1 Worcester – the only city and Worcestershire's county town.

Towns[edit]

Villages[edit]

  • 13 Broadway – village in the Cotswolds often referred to as the Jewel of the Cotswolds.
  • 14 Feckenham – a pleasant village, formerly the centre of a Royal Forest.
  • 15 Hagley

Understand[edit]

The most popular tourist destinations are Malvern and Worcester. These have many historical sites, and in Malvern's case, also has some excellent hill walks, which are however also quite easy to access.

Northern Worcestershire is relatively industrial and populated. The north also has the Lickey Hills and Waverley Hills, both of which are popular with urban residents as places to spend a family day out. In the north east, there is good walking the Wyre Forest. There are many smaller woods and nature reserves in various corners of the county.

The west of the county tends to be hillier, and more wooded, as it borders onto Herefordshire and Shropshire. In the south west, the Malvern Hills offer great views and interesting ridge walks. The Malvern Hills can be seen from high points around most of the county. The south east and the vale of Evesham is rich agricultural land, and borders onto the Cotswalds. Broadway is a very popular examples of Cotswald villages.

There are a number of small, historic market towns, that made money from wool in the Middle Ages, but went into decline later. These towns can have very interesting mixes of buildings, from the Tudor and Elizabethan half timbered styles, through to Georgian and Victorian buildings in their town centres. Some, like Pershore, also have some monastic ruins. The Severn and Avon rivers also make for pleasant walks in several Worcestershire towns.

Many towns and pubs claim some association with the English Civil War, King Charles I and II or Cromwell. Worcester was the site of two decisive battles. Charles II made his escape from Worcester in 1651.

The county has a number of 18th-century mansions, many of which are now open to the public. These are not always easy to reach by public transport, so travel by car or bike may often be easier.

Historically, Worcestershire was famous for its fruit, particularly apples and pears, and therefore also cider and perry.

Get in[edit]

It's easy to reach Worcester from Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury or Cardiff by train. Trains from London also run directly to Worcester from London Paddington. The nearest large airports are Birmingham International (BHX IATA) and Heathrow.

Get around[edit]

Getting around Worcestershire is easy by car or bike, but like many rural ares of England can be challenging if public transport is your main option. This is especially true if you want to visit the many small villages or stately homes in the county.

See[edit]

There are a good number of history building in the county to visit, for example Hagley Hall, Hanbury Hall near Droitwich, and Witley Court and Hartlebury Castle, near Stourport-on-Severn

Do[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Worcestershire sauce. Worcestershire is known for its eponymous condiment. Worcestershire sauce on Wikipedia Worcestershire sauce (Q842618) on Wikidata

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

As with the rest of the UK, in any emergency call 999 or 112 (from a land-line if you can) and ask for Ambulance, Fire or Police when connected.

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