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Worcester Foregate Street

National Rail code: National Rail | WOF

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Worcester is a busy city beside the River Severn with some fine old buildings, particularly in Friar Street. Foregate Street is the station most convenient for the city centre and attractions. A few trains only serve Shrub Hill station - change there for trains to Foregate Street. The Bus Station is ¼ mile from Foregate Street station. Worcester is pronounced 'Wooster' (the 'oo' is short with no emphasis).

TI Guildhall, High Street. Tel. 01905 726311.

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum ¼ mile

An elegant Victorian building housing contemporary art, local archaeology and social history, including a 19th century chemist's shop. Regimental museums. Exhibitions and events programme. Café. Tel. 01905 25371. Admission free but there may be a charge for some events.
Open M-S 1030-1630, closed BH.

Infirmary Museum ¼ mile

An interactive exhibition exploring the medical stories of one of England's oldest infirmaries. Events programme. Tel. 01905 542373.
Open M-F 0900-1700, Sat 1000-1600.

Greyfriars' House and Garden NT ½ mile

A late medieval timber-framed merchant's house. Guided tours 1100-1300, then free-flow. Peaceful walled garden. Light refreshments. Tel. 01905 23571.
Open mid Feb-mid Dec, TWThFS & BH 1100-1600 (1700 Apr-Oct).

Tudor House Museum ½ mile

A Tudor building with timber beams, leaded windows and decorated plaster ceilings. Displays cover the Tudor weaving and brewing which took place in the house, its later use as a coffee shop for the poor, ARP office and school clinic, as well as general history of the city. Coffee Shop. Events programme. Tel. 01905 612309. Admission free but charges for events.
Open WThSu 1000-1600.

Worcester Cathedral ½ mile

The cathedral dates back to Norman times and is mostly Early English in style. Features include the royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters and Victorian stained glass. Tower open at times (see website). Café. Tel. 01905 732900. Admission free (except Tower), donations welcome.
Open Daily 0730-1800.

Museum of Royal Worcester ¾ mile

A ceramics museum amidst the Victorian buildings of the former Royal Worcester porcelain factory. It has the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world with Georgian, Victorian and 20th century galleries. Tel. 01905 21247.
Open M-S 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb).

The Commandery ¾ mile

A 15th century timber-framed building with a long and varied history. It was used by Charles II as his headquarters during the 1651 Battle or Worcester. Displays cover the history of the building as well as the English Civil War. Gardens. Activities and events programme. Café. Tel. 01905 361821.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700, Sun 1330-1700.

Worcester attractions map

Spetchley Park Gardens by bus

30 acres of gardens with many rare plants from around the world. Highlights include the Fountain Gardens, peony collection, cedars and the Victorian Conservatory. Tearoom. Tel. 01905 345106.
Open Apr-Sep, WThFSSu & BH 1100-1800. Oct, SSu 1100-1600.
Bus 350 from Bus Station to opposite entrance, shortly after the bridge over the M5. M-S infrequent, 15 minutes journey. Operated by Johnson's Coaches and Dudley's Coaches.

The Firs, Birthplace of Edward Elgar NT 3 miles or by bus

The birthplace of the composer Edward Elgar. The Cottage and modern Visitor Centre contain memorabilia telling the story of Elgar's life and his music. Cottage Garden. Admission by timed ticket. Events programme. Tel. 01905 333330.
Open MFSSu 1000-1700.
Bus 308/310 from Bus Station. 308 to opposite 'The Plough' in Upper Broadheath (no marked stop) adjacent to entrance (watch for sign). Also 310 to Lower Broadheath, Bell Inn, then 1 mile walk. Both routes about 14 minutes journey, M-S only, infrequent but suitable for visiting. Operated by Astons Coaches.

Worcester to The Firs, Elgar's Birthplace map