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Worcester Travel Guide: 131 reviews and 270 photos

........bored, where can I go (within reasonable driving distance) for the afternoon & take photos for VT pages?

Answer: Worcester. And yes, should have been before and yes, it's really a very pleasant place with lots to look at from an historical point of view. Probably should have stayed longer, really, but the wind was bitter (yes, it's an English May) and even those youngsters ecposing the usual amount of flesh had a slightly blue-ish tinge. So: park at the Park & Ride (v. good, see tips) then a quick-ish whizz round the middle of the city (pasty eaten on-the-hoof providing sustenance).

Thus a wander round a rather large shopping area (all the usual suspects, plus some rather unusual shops........which makes a change). A wander up New Street and Friar Street with some superb examples of half-timbered houses, then an exploration of the cathedral itself (see travelogue). The latter was as interesting as all old English cathedrals are; stuffed full of interesting tombs from the 13th century onwards, an Elgar memorial, King John (he of 'Magna Carta' fame) and Prince Arthur (the one who was married to Catherine of Aragon before Henry Vlll), lovely cloisters and a spartan, but beautiful, Chapter House. A very airy cathedral this, with a feeling of space and light which is unusual.

There are some truly horrible 60's/70's buildings, inevitably...........English planning permission then was entirely without sympathy for the environment..........and rather a lot of overt Victorian pride as demonstrated in the twiddly and imposing brick-built edifices (which do have their own charms). But it melds together, and the local people seemed happy enough with their city.

Didn't have time to visit the river, though know it's very pretty. And didn't, if truly honest, really explore the city (which stayed loyal to the Royalist cause throughout the English Civil War)...........just got a flavour of it. Interesting mix of accents; half the people seemed to have typical West Midlands/ Brummie, the other half very obviously rurally-based 'burring'.........'urbs in rure', perhaps?

A pleasant place to visit, some very interesting bits, a good base for exploring the area (the Malverns...wonderful, Stratford not too far, lots of beautiful countryside on the Welsh borders). Worth another look sometime, I think.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful cathedral, interesting historical town
  • Cons:None that I came across
  • In a nutshell:Medieval cathedral, architecture, history and pottery!
  • Last visit to Worcester: May 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 12, 2011
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Excellent. Looks very interesting J.

  • ligaya's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    great pages. congrats

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 3:15 AM

    Loved Worcester too but was only there on a day trip from Oxford. The Cathedral is stunning, I agree. I walked along the river to the porcelain factory, now no longer there I think. Wonderful informative tips. Now I know how to identify a Crusader's tomb.

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Just dropped in to say Hi J, used to live in Worcester, The Cardinal's Hat (Cardinal Shat or The Holy Titfer depending on company) at the end of Friar St is my #1 pub EVER, How's you?

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    How come Worcester Cathedral is on a 20 UKL but a bottle of Worcestershire sauce is not? Very juicy history stuff here. Thanks

  • Jun 11, 2006 at 12:47 AM

    Wonderful Worcester page L. But where's the sauce factory?? ;-)) btw.. I was in a cornish pasty place in Tun.Wells last week! Looks like they're spreading far and wide over the UK! Excellent historical info on this page. Maria

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