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Worcestershire Tourist Information

Places to visit in Worcestershire include:- Worcester, Worcester Cathedral, Malvern Hills, Elgar Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway Tower.

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Worcester

Worcester is the county town of Worcestershire and is built on the banks of the River Severn which runs through the middle of the city. Worcester is located in the West Midlands and was site of the final battle of the Civil War, Worcester where Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army defeated King Charles I's Cavaliers. With a magnificent 11th century cathedral at its heart, Worcester Cathedral, Worcester has been described as one of England's finest 'Shire' towns, with a vibrant mix of the old and new and much to see and do.

The city of Worcester has many attractions including the world famous Royal Worcester Porcelain Visitor Centre, The Commandery, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Witley Court & Gardens and CrownGate Shopping Centre. The famous Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is still made in Worcester today using its original secret recipe!

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Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral is one of the most spectacular Cathedrals in Great Britain. Guests can enjoy tours of the building as well as join the many services that take place each day. Situated in the heart of the city centre, there are numerous other activities in and around the city for which to benefit from.

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Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

The magnificent Malvern Hills are a range of hills in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and part of northern Gloucestershire. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Malvern Hills are perfect for walking, hiking and cycling holidays in Worcestershire. There is over 4500 acres of open countryside for you to enjoy, quiet ramblings along the wooded slopes or climb to the highest point at Worcestershire Beacon at 425 metres above sea level. Hang Gliding, Horse Riding, Fishing and Climbing are other activities that take place at Malvern Hills, meaning there is something for everyone!

Elgar Birthplace Museum

Sir Edward Elgar was one of England's greatest composers known for his works such as the Cello Concerto and delightful miniatures like Salut d'Amour. Born on 2 June 1857 at Broadheath, near Worcester, visitors are now welcome at the Birthplace Museum, set up by Elgar's daughter Carice after his death in 1934. The year 2000 saw the new Elgar Centre added to the Museum that displays even more treasures from this wonderful collection.

Today visitors from all over the world come to enjoy a fascinating insight into Elgar's life, music, family and friends, musical development and inspirations. Inside the Cottage, visit Elgar's study where his gramophone lies and his desk untouched. See Victorian and Edwardian family photographs and mementoes, his books, cycling maps, golf clubs and microscope, and discover his many other hobbies.

In the Elgar Centre see many manuscripts, music scores, letters, concert programmes, photographs and personal possessions illustrating Elgar's musical life and his many awards and honours, and historic film from his final years.

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Cotswolds, 312metres above sea level making it one of England's outstanding viewpoints. The tower itself stands 17 metre high and the "Saxon" tower was designed by James Wyatt in 1794 to resemble a mock castle. The tower was built for Lady Coventry in 1799 on a "beacon" hill, where beacons were lit on special occasions.

Broadway Tower overlooks some of the very best of the Cotswold countryside in a 62 mile radius and it is the second highest point on the Cotswold ridge so you are guaranteed a great view! There is plenty of wildlife and an array of wild flowers in the summer for visitors to enjoy, and near Broadway Tower is a memorial to the crew of an A.W.38 Whitley bomber that crashed there during a training mission in June 1943.

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