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Places to visit in Worcestershire

Martin Page, General Manager, The Elms Hotel

If you’re thinking of coming to stay with us in beautiful Worcestershire, you’ll find so many fantastic places to visit, whether you prefer the energy of the countryside, town and city shopping or local, historical interest. Here’s a quick list of the highlights that we love – we’ll always help you further during your stay.

Walking in Worcestershire

We really are spoilt for choice with attractive places to walk in Worcestershire. Most local to The Elms is the Abberley Circular Walk – an enjoyable five mile loop that takes in the surrounding countryside and affords many views of the Teme Valley.

Just 15 minutes’ drive from The Elms, you’ll find the Wyre Forest – an ideal starting point for long, forest walks and also the location of Go Ape, should you fancy hanging around in a few of the tree tops.

25 minutes’ drive in the other direction takes you to Mortimer Forest on the edge of Ludlow. Walk to the very top and enjoy staggering 360-degree views of Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wales beyond.

Another great view point is at the top of Clee Hill (about 20 minutes’ drive away), the site of an old quarry and now a popular place to clamber up the hill to admire the far-reaching views in all directions.

The Malvern Hills are always on any list of places to visit in Worcestershire - and with good reason. Just 40 minutes’ drive away, walk for part of all of the day and never be without a memorable view. You’ll also find that Malvern is a delightful place for a stroll and a drink afterwards.

Places to Visit in Worcestershire | Witley Court
A few miles from The Elms is Witley Court.

Historical Worcestershire highlights nearby

Just a few miles from The Elms, you’ll find Witley Court and Gardens. Owned by English Heritage, it’s a fascinating place to learn about, whilst the lake provides a wonderful spread of waterlilies in the flowering season. No visit is complete without stepping into the most incredible Little Witley Baroque Church, that you can walk to from the court or visit separately.

The Brockhampton Estate is owned by The National Trust and just 20 minutes’ drive from us.

Worcester – the Cathedral city

Steeped in history and culture, Worcester offers so much interest to visitors and you’ll find it just 30 minutes’ drive from The Elms. A cathedral city with the River Severn running right through it, the streets are packed with popular shops and you’ll find little surprises like the old Shambles area too. Visit on a Saturday between March and October to climb the Cathedral tower and discover a remarkable vista. Please check for opening times with Worcester Cathedral.

The Commandery is an excellent historical museum and it remains free to enter – a great rainy day option for all ages. And should you just want to wander a little further, take a stroll up the river path towards Diglis, over the foot bridge and back the other side towards the cricket ground.

Market town shopping

We’re really not that far from the old market town of Ludlow (40 minutes’ drive) and it’s certainly worth the trip – even though it’s actually in Herefordshire! Known for it’s love of food, you’ll find inspired shopping, Ludlow Castle and a three weirs walk down by the riverside.

More local to The Elms, you’ll find Bewdley, Bromyard and Tenbury Wells – all delightful little market towns.

Visit places in Worcestershire | Cathedral

Events and activities

There really is no shortage of fun places to visit in Worcestershire. In no particular order, discover West Midlands Safari Park (we can sell you discounted tickets from our reception), Severn Valley Railway, events at Worcester Warriors or perhaps the Worcester Arena and cricket ground. And finally, how about watching some hill racing at Shelsley Walsh? Just a few miles away, you’ll find the oldest operational motorsport venue in the world.

I hope that we’ve highlighted the immense variety of things to do and see in Worcestershire. Whether you’re planning to stay at The Elms for a weekend or a little longer, you’ll never be short of a fabulous day out – that is, if you can manage to drag yourself away from our delightful country house gardens and secluded spa.