Worcester heritage walk

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The walk starts here at the Museum of Royal Worcester in Severn Street, where the Museum nestles amidst the Victorian buildings that were home to the Royal Worcester factory.  Here you can learn about a world famous industry that was founded in 1751, its entrepreneurial owners who encouraged employees to learn through apprenticeships, manufacturing techniques, the highly skilled workforce and sense of community that developed.

Take time to travel on a journey through time and explore this jewel in Worcester’s crown.

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1. Museum of Royal Worcester

Severn Street WR1 2ND
01905 21247

Monday to Saturday, March to October, 10am – 5pm
Monday to Saturday, November to February, 10am – 4pm
Admission fee applies, includes free audio guide
The museum encompasses 250 years of the City’s history and tells the story of Royal Worcester and its remarkable workforce. Customers placed orders from the four corners of the world and porcelain was so highly valued people often took it with them when they emigrated and so it became world renowned. Visit and admire the exquisite creations of highly skilled craftsmen and women, learn about the people behind the porcelain, industrial techniques and the factory community and Royal Worcester’s famous customers.
www.museumofroyalworcester.org

 

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2. Worcester Cathedral

8 College Yard WR1 2LA
01905 732900

Daily, 7.30am – 6pm
The Cathedral, an inspirational place since 1084, represents every style of English architecture, and is the final resting place of King John. The mediaeval library, an integral part of Cathedral life, houses thousands of rare and fascinating, manuscripts, documents and books that give a glimpse into monastic life and unique parts of history. To visit the Library booking is essential. Highlights in the cathedral are the magnificent stained glass windows, 11th century round chapter house and beautiful Norman crypt.

 

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3. Flood Marks Wall

This unassuming wall on the river path behind the Cathedral displays the severity of Worcester’s floods since c.1700.

 

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4. The Hive

Daily, 8.30 am – 10 pm
Opened in 2012, The Hive is Europe’s first joint university and public library. It has a distinctive look, with seven upward-facing ‘cones’ and gold cladding,

 

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5. The Infirmary

Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
An interactive exhibition at the University of Worcester’s City Campus combining history, science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries. Meet characters from the Infirmary, investigate medical technology, explore memories and occupations, share your thoughts, challenge your ideas of mental health, and compare health today to other times and places.
www.worc.ac.uk/your-home/the-infirmary.html

 

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6. Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

Monday to Saturday, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Situated in a stunning Victorian building, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is one of the oldest regional museums in the country. Collections include natural history, geology, archaeology and social history, art, and items from the Worcestershire Regiment and Yeomanry Cavalry.
www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

 

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7. Worcester Guildhall

Monday to Saturday, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Admire the ornate façade of Worcester Guildhall as you walk down High Street. Built in 1721, this Grade I listed building was designed by Thomas White, a pupil of Sir Christopher Wren.

 

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8. Friar Street

Friar Street contains some of the oldest surviving buildings in the city, dating back to the thirteenth century. It is also the perfect place to stop for lunch, with a large selection of independent cafes and restaurants.

 

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9. The Commandery

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday, 1.30 pm – 5 pm
This Grade I listed property served as King Charles’ II headquarters during The Civil War; the green space behind The Commandery is Fort Royal Hill, the site of the Battle of Worcester, which ended the Civil War.

 

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By car: George Marshall Medical Museum

Charles Hastings Education Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital WR5 1DD
01905 760738

Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
Exploring the fascinating developments in medicine and health care over the past 250 years. Highlights include a collection of Victorian death masks and don’t miss the reconstructed apothecary shop and operating theatre.

 

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By car: Elgar Birthplace Museum

Daily, 11 am – 5 pm
Admission fee applies

Offering a fascinating insight into the life and work of Sir Edward Elgar, Britain’s best loved composer, in the 19th century cottage where he was born. Discover the beautiful cottage garden and rustic summerhouse. Explore Elgar’s musical life in the Elgar Centre with the introductory video, touchscreen interactives and contemporary films alongside the main exhibitions. Visit to find out about the man behind the music with our unique collection of personal possessions, letters, furniture and manuscripts.