Step back in time and uncover the hidden gems in Worcester with a visit to any of these captivating sites.
The impressive timber building, constructed around 1520, stands on foundation stones from the early Medieval period. Previously three dwellings, the occupants included well-to-do clothiers, carpenters, a baker and a solicitor’s widow. Others brewed ale as a sideline in the late 1500s, and the building was known as The Cross Keys tavern from the 1700s. Subsequent uses included a hairdresser and a chip shop. For nearly five hundred years, the Tudor House has been a home and a workspace for many tradespeople.
Located in the charming city of Worcester, The Commandery is a remarkable building and garden that brings the past to life. It is most renowned for being the base of the Royalists during the Battle of Worcester in 1651 in the English Civil War. A visit to The Commandery is perfect for a family day out.
There you can learn about fearsome weaponry, explore historic displays, and roam through the lovely walled gardens. At the end of your visit, make sure to stop by Commandery Coffee, an independent canal-side café serving fresh and delicious homemade food, speciality coffees, and loose-leaf teas.
The Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is a delightful Victorian building located in the centre of Worcester. It is the perfect place for the whole family to explore and discover something new. The museum gallery is full of fascinating artefacts, from dinosaur footprints to a Native American totem pole, and the Worcestershire Sauce archive. There are also interactive galleries dedicated to the Worcestershire Regiment and the Worcestershire Yeomanry Cavalry, as well as a recreated Victorian Chemist Shop. Throughout the year, the museum hosts special exhibitions, events and activities for visitors to enjoy.
Greyfriars House and Garden is a 15th-century timber-framed merchant’s house located in the heart of Worcester. Saved from demolition by Elsie and Matley Moore, the house has been brought back to life and features an English walled garden with Italianate features. The Old Oak Cafe, located within the house, serves hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and light snacks. Across the street at No14 is a two-storey bookshop stocked with preloved books.
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