Walking Tour

Worcester Heritage Walk

Year round event

Discover the exciting history of Worcester, from porcelain to potions on the Worcester Heritage Walk.

All year round. For all the family.

Starting at the Museum of Royal Worcester in Severn Street, this trail takes you on a tour of Worcester’s historic and modern history. From the fascinating stories of the people behind the porcelain and The Commandery where King Charles II had his headquarters during the Civil War, to Friar Street where you will discover buildings from as far back as the 13th century and the city’s modern architectural marvel that is the Hive – plus plenty more fascinating buildings of national importance in and around the Faithful City. 

Take time to travel on a journey through time and explore Worcester’s past and present.

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mUSEUM OF ROYAL WORCESTER

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - The Museum
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – The Museum

Severn Street WR1 2ND

01905 21247

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.

WORCESTER CATHEDRAL

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – Worcester Cathedral

8 College Yard WR1 2LA

01905 732900

Please check website for current openings and timing information

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.

 

FLOOD MARKS WALL

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - Flood Marks Wall
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – Flood Marks Wall

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

 

THE HIVE

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - The Hive
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – The Hive

Please check website for current openings and timing information

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.

 

THE INFIRMARY

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - The Infirmary
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – The Infirmary

Please check website for current openings and timing information

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

 

CITY ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - City Art Gallery and Museum
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – City Art Gallery and Museum

Please check website for current openings and timing information

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

 

THE GUILDHALL

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - The Guildhall
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – The Guildhall

Please check website for current openings and timing information

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.

 

FRIAR STREET

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - Friar Street
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – 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.

 

THE COMMANDERY

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - The Commandery
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – The Commandery

Please check website for current openings and timing information

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.

 

GEORGE MARSHALL MEDICAL MUSEUM

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - George Marshall Medical Museum
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – George Marshall Medical Museum

Note, you will need to travel by car to this location.
Charles Hastings Education Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital WR5 1DD

01905 760738

Please check website for current openings and timing information

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.

 

elgar birth place

Worcester Heritage Walk - Museum of Royal Worcester - Elgar birth place
Worcester Heritage Walk – Museum of Royal Worcester – Elgar birth place

Note, you will need to travel by car to this location.

Please check website for current openings and timing information

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 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.

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