Royal Worcester Porcelain Works
Up there with Crown Derby and Wedgwood, the Royal Worcester porcelain factory gained an edge over its rivals by picking up the contract...
Friar St was largely chock-a-block with historic architecture, until the iconoclastic 1960s when much was demolished, including the...
Peek into the flamboyant Georgian Guildhall. Note the two semi-gilded statues of Charles I and II either side of the door, plus the...
Despite looking as English as Tudor ruffs and claiming a resident ghost, this atmospheric Worcester institution sells Austrian beers in...
Little Ginger Pig
The focus is on local produce and independent labels at this pleasant and frequently busy cafe, bistro and bar.
Lonely Planet review
Rising beautifully above the River Severn, Worcester's majestic cathedral is best known as the final resting place of Magna Carta signatory King John.
With its colossal Gothic arches, stained glass creating a kaleidoscope of colour and the exquisitely painted vaulted ceiling of the choir, the cathedral interior is magnificent. John's tomb is just one of many grand memorials dotted around, from the ostentatious mausoleums of bishops and earls to the worn graves of forgotten Crusader knights. Beneath it all is an atmospheric Norman crypt, constructed in 1084 by St Wulfstan, the only Saxon bishop to hang on to his seat after the Norman invasion. Other highlights include a charming cloister and a 12th-century circular chapter house.
The strong-legged can tackle the 249 steps to the top of the tower where Charles II surveyed his troops during the disastrous Battle of Worcester. Hour-long cathedral tours run from the gift shop. Composer Edward Elgar was a local lad, and several of his works had their first public outings at the cathedral – to appreciate the acoustics, come for evensong .