Worcester is a beautiful University City best known for its magnificent Cathedral but is also famous for Worcester Porcelain, Worcestershire Sauce and the most picturesque cricket ground in the country. With a fascinating history of industry, an abundance of breathtaking architecture, top class sports teams and venues, an impressive selection of high street names and independent boutiques and a dynamic programme of events, it's a city well worth exploring.
A brief history of Worcester
The city of Worcester was founded by the Romans in 50AD , a flourishing town that stood on the Roman road from Wroxeter to Gloucester. The River Severn flanks the western side of the city centre, which is overlooked by Worcester Cathedral.
By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 Worcester was nearing a population of about 2,000. A fair sized town in those days.
The Normans built a wooden castle in Worcester. In the 12th century it was rebuilt in stone. In the early 13th century stone walls were built around Worcester.
King John died in 1216 and he was buried in Worcester Cathedral.
A fire devastated Worcester In 1202. Due to many building being made of wood and thatched roofs, fire was a constant hazard.
Major industries for Worcester in the 20th Century were sauce making, printing and lighting. However as the manufacturing industry declined and the service industries became more important, tourism became important for Worcester. The Museum of Country Life opened in 1971.
In 2005 the University of Worcester gained full university status. Today the population of Worcester is around 102,000.
Top 5 things to do in Worcester
Worcester city is home to an array of great amenities, shops, bars, museums and restaurants. A wonderful place to visit and spend the day, if not to walk along the river, so a little shopping and stop for a spot of lunch.
1: Worcester Cathedral
Featuring the Royal Tombs, the first round Chapter House, Architecture through the ages and a beautiful Norman Crypt. Find out about the Cathedral's Anglo-Saxon roots, special saints, glorious musical heritage - and much more.
2: Tudor house Museum
This beautiful 16th century building in the heart of historic Friar Street is run as a museum by volunteers. Displays focus on the house's past, as a home to Tudor weavers through to its use as an ARP Warden's office in WW2, and a school clinic thereafter. A cafe serves tea, coffee and wrapped cakes on vintage bone china. There is a Tudor Rat trail and activities for children. Open Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday all year.
3: Museum of Royal Worcester
The Museum holds the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world and has just undergone a major £1.7 million refurbishment supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Whilst being fresh and modern the new displays pay homage to a magnificent history and heritage.
4: Worcester Woods Country park
Boasting two nature reserves, a huge open field, busy countryside centre with award winning cafe and easy access from the city or the motorway, make this site very popular. There are two adventure play parks, ancient woodlands to explore and space to fly a kite or have a game of rounders.
5: Visit Mallards of Worcester!
Of course we're going to mention ourselves. There are some great shops to browse and buy from in Worcester city centre not to mention our own selection of great gifts. Come in and say hello, treat yourself to something wonderful.