What to do in Worcester
Worcester is one of the underrated town in England! Did you know that Worcester is full of English history? Worcester holds a decisive part of the English Civil War at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Did you know that Worcester has a magnificent Cathedral that housed the tomb of King John and Prince Arthur (the elder brother of Henry VIII)?
Here some guides of what to do when you are in Worcester.
- Visit Worcester Cathedral
Immerse in one of important Cathedrals in medieval England. St Wulstan in 1095 built Worcester Priory as the centre of pilgrim and Christianity in Worcestershire area. There had been a Benedictine monastery, a century prior to this, which was built by St Oswald. During this time, the Benedictine monastery may have adjacent hospital which believed to be the current Commandery building, not far from the Cathedral.
2. Visit the old historic pubs of Worcester
A visit to medieval town is not complete without a visit to its (equivalent) medieval pubs!. Here some of the recommended pubs:
King Charles House, Worcester
Reputably the hiding place of King Charles the II during the Civil War. King Charles II was defeated by the Parliamentary army and he decided to hide in this pub or tavern before escaping to France.
The Cardinal’s Hat
This is also a medieval pub in a medieval street of Friar Street in Worcester.
The Plough, Worcester
Although the Plough is not a medieval pub, it is the community pub you wish to find in your village. You will find friendly pub owners and regularly-changed real ales.
We entered this pub unplanned before we visited the Cathedral. What a wonderful pub we find, with fantastic local real ales!
3. Visit the Commandery, a historic Civil War building
One room in the Commandery is very historic as the Duke of Hamilton died there from the injury after the Battle of Worcester.
The Commandery has its special oldest room, pre-dates Henry VIII. In this room, there are medieval painting on the ceilings.
It is thought that in this room, the sicks were gathered here to pray to God to forgive their sins, as if their sickness were because they are sinners.
I hope this information on Worcester is helpful to guide you on what you can do and see in this historic town of Worcester!
Worcester is accessible from London Paddington station using Great Western Railway. It took approximately 2.5 hours direct from London Paddington to arrive at Worcester.