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Worcester - as seen on the £20 note
Worcester in General
Member Name: Chocoholic1976
Worcester in General
Date: 29/07/10, updated on 30/07/10 (49 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely area, plenty to do, beautiful views
Disadvantages: Expensive bus fares
Getting to Worcester
Worcester is situated close to junctions 6 and 7 of the M5 motorway. It has two rail stations - Foregate St in the city centre and Shrub Hill which is about 10 minutes walk away. Worcester also has a bus station in the city centre but this is not very well served by National Express (which I believe call at Warndon coachway on the edge of the city).
As a Worcester resident I am not in a position to comment on the city's hotels and guest houses but there are plenty around. If you are coming by train and want to be close to the city centre try the Whitehouse hotel which is a stone's throw from Foregate St station and has its own leisure club with a pool and gym. I have heard good reports about Dilmore House B&B in Fernhill Heath just outside the city.
Plenty of it for such a small city! There are other reviews on this site about the shops in Worcester so I won't go into detail here.
Worcester has two cinemas and a music venue (Huntingdon Hall) which are centrally located as well as the Swan Theatre which is slightly outside the city centre near the race course and hosts a variety of performances.
I've never really been into clubbing so am not an ideal person to comment but my party animal friends seem to enjoy themselves.
Worcester and the surrounding areas have no shortage of pub restaurants which serve decent food. There are a number of '2 for 1' restaurants around which are not very good value if you're on your own but reasonably priced for couples.
The Tything (just to the north of the city centre on the A38) has no shortage of curry houses with my particular favourite being the Anarkali.
The Angel chef near the bus station and housed in the former fruit and veg market is a buffet style Chinese restaurant. I'm not a particular fan of Chinese food but can always find something there that takes my fancy.
Then there's McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Hut and KFC (out of town) etc that you'd find in most cities
Things to do
Whilst there is plenty to see and do within the city boundary I would advise venturing further afield if time permits.
If the weather is good then the Malvern hills are highly recommended to anyone who likes scenery and/or walking. See separate reviews on them. The hills are very distinctive and you cannot help but notice them when travelling around the area.
Gentler walks may be had along the banks of the river Severn in Worcester or the Avon which flows through nearby Evesham and Pershore. Take a camera as there are some great views and if walking along the eastern bank of the Severn near Worcester cathedral look out for the watergate with its records of various floods through the centuries. Both rivers often flood during the winter months which makes strolling alongside them difficult but can be quite spectacular. There is also the Worcester to Birmingham canal along which you can walk - it doesn't flood like the rivers but parts of it are often drained in the winter.
Worcester cathedral (recently removed from the £20 note) is worth taking a look at. During the summer it is sometimes possible to ascend the tower and see for miles.
The Severn Valley railway also makes for a great day out. It can be reached by catching a train to Kidderminster and a combined ticket is available.
Other nearby towns such as Evesham, Pershore and Ledbury are well worth visiting but check when and if markets are being held there.
And finally if you want to see somewhere bigger then Birmingham is only an hour away by train!
The city is home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club (New Rd) and Pitchcroft racecourse both situated close to the river Severn and doubling as jet ski lakes from time to time.
Worcester Warriors Rugby Club is situated close to junction 6 of the M5.
We also have a non league football club and it's probably not the best place to come to if you wish to watch this sport.
There is public transport but some parts of the area can be reached more easily than others. If you are going to be staying in accommodation that is not centrally located and plan to use the bus it might be worth checking their frequency beforehand. They are relatively expensive compared to other areas of the country.
Worcester is relatively flat and parts of the city and surrounding areas are well served by cycle ways.
Evesham, Ledbury, Great Malvern and parts of the Malvern hills can be reached by train as can the Severn Valley railway.
Summary: Historic, interesting and full of character
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