Tours and Trails

The Guildhall

Take a tour around the City’s Guildhall, a truly beautiful building which dates back to 1721. It has a fascinating history – it was once the seat of justice throughout the city and even housed a prison – and today offers both visitors and residents a glimpse of Worcester’s rich and varied heritage

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Worcester WR1 2EY

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The fun way to explore Worcester

A self-guided spy mission themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to crack the code and complete the mission just like a true secret agent?

The trail starts by the car park at Croft Road, close to the viaduct. The route takes in the delightful Cripplegate Park, includes Crowngate market and enjoys views of the racecourse and river.

This Trail is approximately 1.5 miles long and takes 1.5 hours to complete and is suitable for all ages from 6 – 106. One Trail booklet is enough for 4-5 people and there is a free mobile phone text service for clue answers if you get stuck, ensuring that no mystery goes unsolved

This Trail can be sent to you in the post or downloaded.

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A photo of The Hive, a golden coloured building against a blue sky with white seating in frontThe Battle of Worcester City Centre Trail

This trail is concerned with the last part of the Battle. In the late afternoon, the part of the Royalist army under the command of Charles and the Duke of Hamilton, which had been attacking Red Hill and Perry Wood, was broken and in retreat. Cromwell’s men advanced towards Fort Royal where this trail begins.

The first and last battles of the English Civil Wars (the Battle of Powick Bridge on the outskirts of Worcester, 23 September 1642, and the Battle of Worcester, 3 September 1651) were fought here in Worcester. Powick Bridge was a small skirmish, though it heralded greater battles to come. The Battle of Worcester in 1651 was one of the largest land battles ever fought in England; a conservative estimate of the numbers suggests the Parliamentarians outnumbered the Royalists by 28000 to 12000.

The action raged over the fields and hills to the south of Worcester and culminated with street fighting in the city centre. The armies were commanded by King Charles II and Oliver Cromwell. By the end of the day over 3000 Royalists were dead and much of the remaining Royalist army taken prisoner.

For a guided tour of the city on the Battle of Worcester, please contact Discover History. Email: discoverhistory@aol.com or visit www.discover-history.co.uk for more info.

For further information

Visit the Battle of Worcester Partnership webpage: www.battleofworcestersociety.org.uk

From time to time The Battlefields Trust do walks of the wider battlefield.
Visit www.battlefieldstrust.com for more info.

Or visit the Tourist Information Office located next to the Guildhall.

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Guided Tours

We have several guided walking tour companies in the city, including Discover History, Worcester Walks and Faithful City Walks.

Worcester Heritage Walk

The walk starts at the Museum of Royal Worcester in Severn Street where the Museum nestles amidst the Victorian buildings that were home to the Royal Worcester factory.

Here you can learn about a world famous industry that was founded in 1751, its entrepreneurial owners who encouraged employees to learn through apprenticeships, manufacturing techniques, the highly skilled workforce and sense of community that developed. Travel on a journey through time and explore this jewel in Worcester’s crown before exploring the rest of what has made Worcester unique.

Trail Features:

– Museum of Royal Worcester
– Worcester Cathedral
– Flood Marks Wall
– The Hive
– The Infirmary
– Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
– Worcester Guildhall
– Friar Street
– The Commandery
– George Marshall Medical Museum
– Elgar Birthplace Museum

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A Circular walk following the scenic River Severn

This circular walk starts just outside the suburbs of north Worcester and follows the scenic River Severn to the hamlet of Bevere Green.

The route continues to Northwick and returns to the car park via a rural track.

Beautifully illustrated interpretation panels mark points along the route of historical and archaeological interest and provide information on the natural environment and wildlife.  Did you know that at the same sort of time as Lady Godiva rode naked on a horse through Coventry, the people of Worcester rose against the crushing level of taxation by King Hardicanute? Worcester folk escaped to Bevere Island whilst their City burned to the ground.

Further trail information

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A wide selection of Real Ale, Cider and Perry to be found

Worcester City has a lot to offer the visitor in need of refreshment, with a wide selection of Real Ale, Cider and Perry to be found. Worcester is a great destination for anyone wanting to do some sampling!

To help you find your way around the best the City has to offer, Worcester CAMRA has put together a tour guide. It doesn’t cover every good pub in the City, because there’s just too many, so we’ve been selective and presented the very best that are close enough to the central buses and train stations to make a nice tour. Please enjoy it responsibly.

Follow this trail guide to find some great pubs serving great Mild Ale. All the pubs listed here will be serving Mild on Saturday. For some this is a regular occurrence, but for most it is a special occasion and there’s a promise of some interesting beers to be tried.

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