Nestled on the banks of the River Severn, West Midlands’ Worcester has everything you could want from a city with a stunning medieval Cathedral, a rich vein of history illustrated by some outstanding museums and galleries and well-preserved buildings stretching back centuries. The city has moved with the times, and as well as some incredible medieval and Tudor architecture, Worcester is home to a thriving eating out scene spanning cafés, coffee shops, bistros and restaurants and a nightlife scene boasting dozens of historic pubs, hipster bars and cocktail joints. And we’ve got two hotels in Worcester meaning you can take in all the action. Throw in a serious sporting heritage including top-flight cricket, rugby and horse racing, several live music venues and theatres and with the gorgeous Malvern Hills just a short drive away, Worcester is truly one of the UK’s best hidden gems.
Things to do in Worcester
With over 60 stores spanning high street classics and independent outlets, the Crowngate Shopping Centre is the leading retail space in Worcester. Spread over two areas, Friary Walk and Chapel Walk, the centre is home to Boots, Debenhams, HMV, Mothercare and Primark as well as nine cafés and restaurants including Carluccio’s and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The centre is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays with the on-site car park capable of holding 750 cars.
Less than five minute’s walk away down the High Street is Cathedral Square, a smaller shopping centre home to big-names like Topshop, H&M and Next as well as 10 bars, cafés and coffee shops.
Birmingham Airport is 27 miles from Worcester and a major UK airport with dozens of airlines flying nearly 13 million passengers a year across the UK, Europe and further afield. Driving will take around 40 minutes, while the train – involving a change at Birmingham New Street – will take just under an hour. Make your journey even simpler by staying the night before at one of our hotels near Birmingham Airport.
Worcester Foregate Street is the main train station in the city. The station has regular services to Birmingham, Hereford, London, Oxford, Gloucester, Bristol, Southampton and Brighton. The two-floor station is a short walk north from the Crowngate Shopping Centre and is built on a viaduct with a ticket office, ticket machine and bike racks, with plenty of shops and cafés nearby for snacks and travel essentials.