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  • 1. History of Worcester

    The city of Worcester began life as a Roman settlement on the banks of the River Severn. It has stories to tell from every era and many buildings to reflect the different periods in history. The Commandery is one historic building dating back to the 12th century. As the building has been added to over the years, the range of architectural styles varies from medieval to Victoria...Read moren. This building has been used for many different purposes through the centuries and now serves as a living museum. Worcester was the site of the final battle of the English Civil War. The Battle of Worcester took place in 1651, when Oliver Cromwell and his forces defeated the Royalists. Read less

  • 2. Now in Worcester

    Worcester is now a modern city with all its history mixed in. It has plenty to offer the sporting fan, with Premiership rugby union side the Worcester Warriors, Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Worcestershire Racecourse. The rapidly expanding University of Worcester has an important role in the city and its new developments are continuing to provide more facilities for st...Read moreudents, residents and visitors. Read less

  • 3. Events in Worcester

    The Worcester Christmas Fayre runs for four days every December and provides hundreds of stalls, entertainment and refreshments for the Christmas shoppers. The Worcester Festival runs for two weeks in August and includes events, activities and fun for all ages. The festival includes music, arts, exhibitions, children's fun, street theatre, history, horticulture and more. The Ci...Read morety of Worcester Flower Show is held over one day in August and includes a fun and entertainment as well as competitions and prizes in a variety of categories. The Three Choirs Festival is an international classic music festival that takes place every three years in July and August. The famous event is held in Gloucester and Hereford on the other two years. The Worcester Literary Festival takes place in a variety of venues in the county in June and includes performances, workshops, children's events and activities and more. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Worcester

    Worcester Cathedral attracts visitors from all over the world and includes the royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass. The Tower is open on Saturdays, bank holidays and school holidays and offers great views of the city. Tours are available and there is a coffee shop and gift shop...Read more. The Commandery is a Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th century. The building is now a museum, which tells visitors stories of power, greed, war, wealth, romance, death, society and industry and of the lively characters that have inhabited the building. Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum has a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, an historic picture collection and displays ranging from a 19th century chemist's shop to the Worcester sauce machine. Worcester Porcelain Museum houses the world's largest collection of Worcester Porcelain and includes an 18th century furnished room and a Victorian gallery. The Elgar Birthplace Museum offers visitors an insight into the life and music, family and friends, and musical inspirations of Sir Edward Elgar. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Worcester

    Guided walks set off daily from The Guildhall in the city centre. Walks are also available through Worcester Walks and include themed walks such as Worcester Waterways, Pubs with Past and Passion, Civil War, Elgar and Industrial Heritage. The Pump House Environment Centre, in Gheluvelt Park, is free to visit and includes environmental displays, a wildlife garden, parkland and a...Read more nearby play area. Worcester Racecourse offers afternoon, evening and weekend racing as well as family fun days and Ladies Day. Spetchley Park Gardens include a beautiful historic house set in 30 acres of gardens. Read less

  • 6. Business in Worcester

    CrownGate Shopping Centre is the city's largest shopping centre and contains over 60 shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the music venue Huntingdon Hall. The Cathedral Plaza Shopping Centre houses many of the high street names as well as places to eat and drink. Reindeer Court is a specialist shopping centre offering independent business for items such as jewellery and fash...Read moreion. The Gallery is a centre housing many independent stores selling anything from second hand books to party items. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Worcester

    Worcester is situated just off the M5, and two of the motorway's junctions lead into the city. There are two train stations in Worcester - Foregate Street Station is in the heart of the city centre and Shrub Hill Railway Station is just a short walk from the centre. Trains run regularly to London and Birmingham as well as many of the surrounding towns. Birmingham International ...Read moreAirport is just 38 miles from the city and has services to European and international destinations. Bristol Airport is 74 miles from Worcester. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Worcester

    The Swan Theatre is a live entertainment venue offering a wide selection of shows from pantomime to drama. Huntingdon Hall is the main venue for live music and also hosts many comedy events. The city has two multi screen cinemas: The Odeon, in Foregate Street, and Vue, in Friar Street.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Worcester

    Worcester Cathedral is one of the city's most significant buildings. The present building was begun in 1084 but has been added to and restored many times throughout history. The present tower was completed in 1374 but is the Cathedral's third tower. Visitors can climb the 235 steps for views over the city

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Worcester

    Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce was created by Worcester chemists John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins. They came up with the recipe in the 1830's when a nobleman of the area asked them to recreate a taste he had experienced in India. They didn't like the sauce to begin with, until they rediscovered the barrels months later and found it had matured and mellowed. To thi...Read mores day, the secret recipe is matured for 18 months before being bottled in the city. Read less

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