Worcestershire is one of England’s most historic and picturesque counties, with the cathedral city of Worcester at its heart. Not far from Birmingham and Gloucester, and only a few hours by car or train from London, Worcestershire is a perfect escape for a day, a weekend or a holiday.
Worcestershire and the prominent cathedral city of Worcester have played important roles in British history, which is evident from some of the magnificent country estates, churches and other sites of historic interest throughout the county. Arley House & Arboretum is one of those estates, established by Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Mountnorris, an Irish lord, in the late 1700’s.
As a historic fortified city, Worcester has played an important role in events that have shaped British history.
In the first civil war (also known as “the Anarchy” – 1139 – 51), between King Stephen and Empress Matilda and Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I, Worcester was attacked several times and successfully defended itself against the forces of King Stephen. In the English Civil War, the Battle of Worcester, Oliver Cromwell led the final defeat of King Charles II on 3 September 1651, with a “New Model Army”, 28,000 strong against 16,500 Royalist soldiers.
Come and see the history for yourself, with country homes, churches, the cathedral in Worcester, and dozens of museums and historical centres.
Worcestershire also boasts a transport museum in Wythall, and the Severn Valley Railway (SVR), one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Complete with an engine house and some engines and rolling stock over 80 years old, the Severn Valley Railway runs from early May until October. The SVR route is from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth via Bewdley, Highley – where you will find the visitor centre and engine house – and several other stops in between on this sixteen mile preserved railway. It is a fantastic day out for all the family! There are several family fun weekends, plus special events for rail enthusiasts, and a restaurant car train runs most Sunday’s.
Worcestershire is a fantastic area to get outdoors. With numerous National Trust, English Heritage, private and council-owned parks, gardens and zoos. It is the perfect place to get some fresh air and go for a lovely walk, especially in the Spring and Summer.
Things to do in Worcester
Worcester itself is great for shopping and leisure activities. We have no shortage of restaurants, cafes and pubs – whether you want a fine dining experience, afternoon tea, or a pub after a long walk. Hotel, B&B and other accommodation choices are equally varied, with places suitable for dog owners, for those who want self-catering, or people who enjoy the comforts of a luxury hotel. Worcestershire has something for everyone.
Arley House & Arboretum: One of Worcestershire’s best-kept secrets and top 10 gardens you must visit in the UK. Book Arley House, Gardens and Arboretum for Corporate Events or Weddings, with our superb catering events as part of the package.