For a bank holiday day out, we decided to visit the City of Worcester. Famous for its Worcester sause and Worcester flavour crisps but also its beauty with one of the best Cathedrals around.
We got the train into the main station Forgate Street which brings you out into the city. If you head left it leads you to the city centre and if you turn right, it leads you to homes and park areas. We went left first and explored the streets with beautiful old looking Tudor houses and at the very end a Cathedral that deserves its title.
Behind the Cathedral is the famous River Severn which make everything very picturesque but also explores to some really great parks. Surrounding is the sporting venue’s we unfortunately couldn’t visit but are a great spectacle for the city.
So here’s a little of our adventure with our main tips of things to do if you visit for yourself.
Top 5 things to do in Worcester
1.Walk around the town
The city centre isn’t the biggest but its full of shops, boutiques, restaurants and also the quirky ones in between. Behind the main strip you’ll find the buildings get a little bit older and you feel very Tudor like walking through. We visited the Tudor house museum which is a 16th century house where you can have a tour and cup of tea in the back garden afterwards with a lovely view. Overall not the best city centre we’ve seen but not the worst.
Worcester Cathedral, is an Anglican cathedral situated on a bank overlooking the River Severn. Built between 1084-1504 it’s also located right at the end of high street and you cant really miss it, its huge! It is the seat of the Bishop of Worcester. Its official name is the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin of Worcester.
But our three favourite parts was, one; visiting the Norman crypt located underneath the church with loads of caskets, two; the amazing architecture and glass painted windows and finally three; we saw the famous King John’s burial casket at the heart of the Cathedral. Now not the best king to rule England if you’ve watched Robin Hood but he did pass forward the Magna Carta, known as the first step to the constitution of the United Kingdom giving freedoms of the individual against higher powers. This is the crown jewels of Worcester, worthy of a visit.
3.Walking along the River Severn
The River Severn is the longest river in Great Britain at a length of 220 miles. There was a great walking and cycling trail. The best thing about it was all the natural beauty you see along the way. Great for relaxing.
4.Visiting Cripplegate park and Gheluvelt park
Cripplegate park, was an unexpected discovery. What we later found to be an exceptional park. One reason was, we entered into an obstacle course finished off with a huge climbing frame. Lucas loved it and hes only 5 but we saw children as old as 15 enjoying the challenging course. This was great to get your child problem solving in a park which normallyisnt the case. Furthermore there is a nice bar, tennis court and a garden where we found our very own Tarzan.
The second park we visited is the more famous Gheluvelt park which on the banks of the River Servern. You will find a big open field, ponds, war memorials, kid activities and events all year round. Lucky for us we visited when it was lovely and sunny.
5. Pitchcroft Racecourse and Worcestershire Cricket ground
These are sporting events that are seasonal mainly in spring or summer time. We recommend to look out in advance for tickets to coenside with your trip if you wanted to visit these as well.
Bonus things to do
Visit the Museum of Royal Worcester, the Commandary, Sixways stadium for a spot of Rugby Union, Worcester art gallery, Croome Park.
Unfortunately we only spent 1 day here. So if your visiting for a day just pick the things you like best.
Overall we really enjoyed our day out in Worcester. Plenty to do for both aldult and child and a real feel for being out in the countryside but also close to everything you need.
We give it a thumbs up and would definitely recommend this place for a family voyage.