14 October 2020

Editor’s Picks

14 October 2020

Editor’s Picks

Locals Love – College Precincts

The quaint and quirky walk from Elgar over to College Precincts and down the well worn steps turning right through the majestic Edgar Tower into College Green is a local’s favourite.  Stop off for lunch at nearby Benedictos and unwind over some tasty Italian food and drink.  Indulge yourself with a bouquet from The Floral Roundabout and keep a heady scent all around at home.

City Walks

Worcester’s riverside takes in some stunning views and history too.  Start from the Diglis House Hotel and head left over Diglis foot bridge to the other river bank, heading back along towards the main city bridge.  The riverside is now a place of peace, wild flowers, learning and leisure. For walkers, bikes and runners. However in days gone by this area was known for hard work, dirty dockside warehouses and smugglers inns!  Walking over the main bridge, turn towards The Quay, Browns and the Millennium fountains for a pitstop and to feed the ducks.  Double back towards the Old Rectifying House down towards The Hive and a stroll around Pitchcoft, Worcester Racecourse, keeping alongside with the rowers on the river.  Without the River Severn, Worcester would not exist.

Visit Worcester has a section of family friendly walks for you to enjoy some fresh air and soak up the sights.

Exploring Worcester’s history

With so much history to enjoy in our city, use our 24 hour guides to get you started.

Morning

Start your visit by calling in to the Tourist Information Centre on the High Street (Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm) where you can pick up a free map of the city & other walking trails such as Discover History.  Start at Worcester Cathedral (Mon – Sat 11am – 3pm, Sun 1pm – 3pm); building began in 1084 & is the resting place of King John and Prince Arthur.  It has an early 12th century Chapter House, crypt & medieval cloisters.

Lunch

The Cathedral has its own café or try one of the eateries opposite in Cathedral Square http://www.cathedral-square.co.uk/

Afternoon

Tudor House in Friar Street is definitely worth a visit (Wed – Sat 10am – 4pm).  This 16th century building has been weavers’ cottages, a brewery, Cadbury’s Coffee House & school dentist amongst other things.  Be aware, though, that this grade 11 listed building does have steps & stairs.

Stop for afternoon tea at Papas Caffé slightly further along in New Street http://papascaffe.com Insider secret go for their delicious coffee blends as an alternative to tea and don’t miss their almond cake.

Dinner

Friar Street has many independent restaurants of varying cuisines.  Head to Globe for a contemporary menu in a Tudor building

Drinks

Beer lovers might like real ale pubs https://worcester.camra.org.uk/guides/WorcesterCityTour.pdf .  Insider tip, start and finish at craft ale specialists The Cardinal’s Hat https://the-cardinals-hat.co.uk or for the gin lover there is there is Tonic http://tonic-worcester.co.uk/ or for great wines, Bottles https://bottles-worcester.co.uk in New Street.

Where to sleep

For a budget hotel try Worcester Travelodge www.travelodge.co.uk or the Premier Inn https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Worcester.  Other accommodation can be found at the Worcester Whitehouse Hotel https://www.worcesterwhitehouse.co.uk/ The Diglis House Hotel  http://www.diglishousehotel.co.uk/ or The Fownes Hotel https://fowneshotelworcester.com/

Breakfast

Enjoy the city’s independents for a top tasting breakfast, try G&Tea in Friar Street https://www.gandteabakery.co.uk/ (Tues – Sat 10am – 4pm)

Morning

The Battle of Worcester (1651) was the final skirmish in the English Civil War; start the morning by visiting The Commandery  https://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk  (Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 3pm), the headquarters of the Royalists. Afterwards walk up Fort Royal hill; from here you can see the view of the city which the Commonwealth soldiers had.  A walk to New Street will find the King Charles House, so called because Charles ii escaped over the city wall at the back of this building when it became clear that Worcester was lost to the Royalists.

Lunch

Worcester has many independent cafes such as Be the Change (vegan) https://www.bethechangefoods.co.uk/ on the Cornmarket or Meeting Place on Friar Street https://www.meeting-place-cafe.co.uk

Afternoon

Visit Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum (Mon – Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm) to learn about Worcester’s gloving making & to experience a wide range of exhibitions, including The Worcestershire Soldier.  Also on display is the brown mixing jug from which the very first batches of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce were poured.  Insider secret:  did you know that Worcester was the leading city for glove making, in the 18th and 19th Centuries, 85% of the glovers in Great Britain worked in Worcester, and New Street was formerly known as Glover Street.

Dinner

There are many Indian restaurants to choose from such as Anarkali https://anarkaliworcester.com/ Massalla Lounge http://massallalounge.com/ or Bombay Palace in The Tything

Breakfast

Breakfast or brunch at Cote Brasserie https://www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/worcester/ or one of the eateries in Cathedral Square http://www.cathedral-square.co.uk/  is a good central place to eat before starting your day of history.

Morning

Begin today by dropping into The Guildhall (Mon – Sat 9am – 4.30pm, Sun 11am – 3pm) dating from 1724; this historic building has links to the Guild of Merchants, housing portraits of local dignitaries & noteworthy personages.  On exiting, look up at its impressive façade and then pop into the adjoining Tourist Information Centre to pick up a copy of the trail of your choice e.g. Worcester Plaque Trail, Worcester Walkabout, Timber framed buildings, Woodbine Willie, Methodism in Worcester & The Elgar Route.

Lunch

Go for Mediterranean tapas the Olive Branch in Church Street https://olivebranchworcester.co.uk/ or if you prefer Italian, Benedicto’s http://benedictos.com/ in Sidbury is another restaurant worth the visit.

Afternoon

Explore the city with one, or more, of the trails.