Worcestershire Accommodation Guide
Worcestershire is a large historic county in the West Midlands region of England. The county is famous for its beautiful landscapes, its principal medieval city (Worcester) and for its infamous hot sauce (Worcestershire sauce). It also has arguably the prettiest cricket ground in the UK (New Road) affording stunning views of the nearby cathedral.
With so much to see and explore, it is no surprise therefore that Worcestershire is one of the most visited counties in England, attracting tourists from all over Europe. In this guide we will explore some of the region’s finest attractions and highlight some of Worcestireshire’s best accommodation options.
Worcestershire has a great variety of accommodation choices on offer for all types of trip. The city centre has a good selection of luxury hotels for both leisure and business travellers. The county as a whole also has a fantastic range of options from converted barns and farmhouse B&Bs to wooden lodges and thatched cottages.
Worcestershire’s principal city (Worcester) is one of the best preserved medieval cities in England. Friar Street in the city centre still has many half-timbered buildings including ‘Greyfriars House’ and the 500 year old ‘Tudor house’.
Worcester’s main attraction though is its beautiful cathedral which dates back to 1084 AD. Like many of the historic buildings within the city, the cathedral also played a role in the English Civil War of 1642 to 1651 by storing supplies for the King’s army.
Worcestershire also provides outdoor enthusiasts with a wealth of different attractions. A large part of the Malvern Hills (an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – AONB) fall within Worcestershire. Covering an area of 750 hectares, thousands of people come here every year for the region’s mountain bike trails, climbing routes, bridleways and walking paths.
The Worcestershire Way is arguably the most popular walking trail in the county. This long-distance starts path starts in Bewdley and runs all the way to Great Malvern which is 50 Km (31 miles) away. The Geopark Way is another leading walking and cycling route which covers 175 km (109 miles), passing through Abberley and the Malvern Hills Geopark. The route was devised to highlight the region’s unique geology and incredible landscapes.
The county of Worcestershire shares a border with the West Midlands to the northeast, with Warwickshire to the east, with Gloucestershire to the south, with Herefordshire to the west, with Shropshire to the north-west and with Staffordshire to the north.
Worcestershire / Tourist Information
- County Town: Worcester
- Land Area: 1,741 km2 (672 square miles)
- Population: 595,786 (2019)
- Population Density: 342/km2 (890/square mile)
- Average Temperature: (Summer 20°C)
- Days Of Rain: 108 days of rain / 257 dry days per year
Best Attractions In Worcestershire
Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings: This incredible museum features a large number of historic buildings that have been carefully relocated and beautifully preserved in one central museum location. Spanning a period of 700 years, visitors can see what life was like in bygone eras. Exhibits include a 16th century merchant’s house and even a Victorian cell block!
The Commandery: Worcester played an important part in the English Civil War (1642 to 1651). This incredible 800 year old building was the Royalist headquarters during the war and is now a museum that focuses on the struggles of both sides. This sobering museum plays tribute to the many thousands of men who died during the war.
Worcester Cathedral: Situated on a bank of the River Severn, the location on Worcester Cathedral is perhaps the prettiest in the whole of England. Founded in 680 AD, the current cathedral was built between 1084 and 1504 and is famous for its central tower. The Cathedral contains the tomb of King John (1199 – 1216).
Witley Court: Witley Court was once one of England’s greatest country houses in the style of an Italianate mansion. Dating back to the 1650s, the house was significantly extended by its various owners and in the late 1800s was one of the principal houses in the whole of England. Saldy the house was ravaged by fire in 1937. Visitors can still visit the fully restored gardens and inspect the ruins which are in surprisingly good condition.
Best Accommodation In the Worcestershire
The Pool House (Claines): The Pool House is one of favourite holiday rental properties in the whole of the UK. This contemporary barn style holiday home sleeps 6 people across 3 bedrooms. After a scrumptious meal prepared in the uber modern kitchen, enjoy a game of pool, table tennis or table football! The cathedral city of Worcester is only 3 miles away.
Grafton Mill (Grafton Flyford near Pershore): This beautifully converted water-mill offers accommodation for 4 people over 3 floors. Beautifully restored the mill is in an idyllic location next to a flowing stream and several large duck ponds. You can still see the workings of the mill inside the house and the wooden beams add character and charm.
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