Once the centre of the British ceramics industry, Worcester is a handsome city with an impressive cathedral, surrounded by glorious countryside.
Why go there?
The city of Worcester is steeped in history and brimming with beautiful buildings. Worcester is notably the site of the Battle of Worcester, the final English Civil War clash between Cromwell and King Charles II.
The city is also something of a sporting hotspot. It is home to arguably the most picturesque county cricket ground in the country, and one of Britain’s oldest racecourses, which has been hosting racing since 1718.
Where do I start?
Begin by taking a scenic amble along the River Severn that winds its way through the middle of the city. Make sure you stop off at Worcester Cathedral, the resting place of King John, who famously accepted the terms set out in Magna Carta.
Where should I kip?
Take time to reflect at Browns at the Quay, a chic luxury hotel with a great riverside location. Guests receive a glass of champagne on arrival.
Sample the many craft beers and cocktails on offer at the Hand in Glove pub and then dance the night away at the Velvet nightclub. For the day after, recharge with a cuppa at G & Tea, an excellent vintage tearoom tucked away on the historic Friar Street.
If I do one thing?
Visit Worcester Cathedral, which was built between 1084 and 1504 and ties together Royal Tombs, an ancient crypt and Chapter House, and magnificent Victorian stained glass. The Tower gives fantastic views of the city.
Worcester Foregate Street train station