Worcestershire

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Worcestershire

Worcestershire is best known worldwide for its connection to Worcestershire sauce, but there’s a lot more to see and experience in this Cotswolds county than the condiment.  Worcestershire is famed for the beautiful cathedral city of Worcester as well as a number of charming market towns, architectural follies, and interesting outdoor areas.  The Malvern Hills were a favorite haunt of both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.  Tolkien compared parts of the Malvern Hills to scenery in the Shire and Gondor in his famous series The Lord of the Rings.

The Malvern Hills are preserved as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are home to more than 70 natural springs.  The spring water is renowned for its purity and has been a major draw for the area since the 18th century.  While visiting Tenbury Wells and the other market towns in the region, you can still enjoy the delicious purity of Malvern Hills spring water.

Tenbury Wells is situated along the River Teme and has long been a famous place in the Cotswolds.  Queen Victoria was a big fan, and once called it “my little Town in the Orchard.”  The town features some beautiful examples of medieval architecture such as St. Mary’s Church, as well as some other intriguing buildings from later periods in history.  Perhaps the most famous buildings in Tenbury Wells are the Pump Rooms designed by James Cranston of Birmingham in 1862.  These unusual structures provide something of a carnival atmosphere, one which reflects different eras in time and different styles in an unusual montage.

While you’re in Worcestershire, you’ll also want to stop by Worcester itself and see the Worcester Cathedral, a beautiful Anglican cathedral situated on the banks of the River Severn.  The church incorporates numerous architectural styles ranging from the Norman to Perpendicular Gothic.  Worcester is also famous for its festivals and shows including the Three Choirs Festival and the Beer Festival.  The city is also a major centre for arts and cinema.

Various mansions, historic houses, and follies adorn the beautiful Worcestershire countryside.  One stellar example is Croome Court, a Neo-Palladian mansion erected in the 18th century.  The grounds are delightfully landscaped and are usually open to the public.  The stately house with its yellow walls is surrounded by a number of follies and gardens and a beautiful lake.  The Broadway Tower, another famous Cotswolds folly, is located on Broadway Hill right near the village which shares its name.  The mock castle was designed by James Wyatt in the 18th century as a gift for Lady Coventry.  Since then it has served as a home for a printing press and a couple of artists who rented it in the 19th century.  Nowadays it hosts exhibits and a gift shop.

These are just a few of the beautiful sights you can see while visiting the county of Worcestershire in the Cotswolds.  While you’re visiting you’ll doubtless find numerous other points of interest, so be sure to put in some extra time to explore, and book accommodations in advance so that you can relax and enjoy the countryside.

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