The magnificent 12th century Cathedral overlooks the River Severn, which flanks the western side of the city. The south side surrounded by the ancient Malvern Hills, the city brims with a mix of modern, Tudor and Georgian architecture. Worcester combines the benefits of a quiet, unassuming town and the lively, bustling aura of it’s northerly neighbour. Worcester is a place where independent businesses thrive.

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Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

Art Gallery

Founded in 1833, the original museum was eventually left to decline, prompting the museum committee to take action. In 1896, an impressive Victorian building was opened across the road from the original site which is the Art Gallery and Museum we know today. Housing a range of permanent displays and visiting exhibitions, guests can explore a Victorian Chemist shop, Albert the Albatross, the goddess of the River Severn, and of course, the Lea & Perrins display.

Address: Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT

Phone: 01905 25371

Website: worcestershire.gov.uk

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Coffee House & Cafe

After a serious injury, owner Sam chose to pursue his passion for speciality coffee, hoping to create a space for the communities of Worcester to come together. Wayland’s Yard consists of several seating areas including a garden fitted with swing seats, making it the ideal location for groups and individuals alike. The simple, stripped back decor focuses the attention on their food, and carefully sourced, hand roasted coffee.

Address: 6 Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DB

Phone: -

Website: waylandsyard.com

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Burger Shop Worcester

Burger Shop

Set away from the hustle and bustle of the city, visitors can watch a performance from the open-kitchen of fresh, handmade burgers. Burger Shop perfectly utilises the railway arches it’s nestled in, creating a light, cavernous space with an equally stunning outside area. With a passion for good food, Burger Shop offers a range of meals for meat eaters, vegetarians and children, making them proudly inclusive of everyone. With an abundance of plug sockets suited for the 21st Century individual, customers are enticed to stay for hours.

Address: Burger Shop Worcester, Arch 46, Cherry Tree Walk, Worcester, WR1 3BH

Phone: 01905 613498

Website: aruleoftum.com

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Burger & Cocktail Bar

Instantly consumed by the ambiance, Hanbao transports you away from the quaint streets of Worcester into a deep, rich-hued bar and kitchen. Upon entering is a casual seating space, ideal for sitting with friends and indulging in the cocktail menu. Past the bar is a small courtyard housing a sculpture, framed by three window panes; linking the dining area, bar and access corridor together. Against the backdrop of a flower wall lays a small courtyard garden, providing a secluded outside space with ample seating. 

Address: 4 Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DB

Phone: 01905 22809

Website: hanbao.co.uk

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The Old Rec

Bar & Kitchen

Historically, this 18th Century building was part of the Williams distillery, for which it is named after. Today, The Old Rec has been tastefully redesigned and now offers a wide menu suited for all diets. Set just off the River Severn, guests can enjoy a drink from the generous cocktail menu whilst soaking in the views.

Address: The Old Rectifying House, North Parade, Worcester, WR1 3NN

Phone: 01905 619622

Website: theoldrec.co.uk

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Worcester Cathedral

Architectural Sight

Described as one of the most architecturally interesting cathedrals in England, Worcester Cathedral sits in the central hub of the city, overlooking the River Severn. With its mix of medieval cloisters, Victorian stained glass, and the Norman crypt, the cathedral offers something for everyone. After exploring the resting place of King John and Prince Arthur, visitors can enjoy lunch at the Cloister Cafe, situated within the cathedral.

Address: 8 College Yard, Worcester, WR1 2LA

Phone: 01905 732900

Website: worcestercathedral.co.uk

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Skate Shop

Off the busy, commercial high street sits the fiercely independent, Reefs. Set against exposed brickwork and concrete flooring, Reefs offer a wide range men's shoes, clothing, and skateboards. With the passion for skating running through the shop's veins, the small but spacious store is the first stop for any skating enthusiasts, where customers can seek the expertise of the store's staff.

Address: 7 Pump Street, Worcester, WR1 2QX

Phone:  07969 244679

Website: reefsskateshop.com

Rise Records

Record Store

Rise Records provides the spirit of a classic indie record shop, with an extensive vinyl selection including staff picks, second-hand records and new releases. Rise has embraced the resurgence of vinyl, making it a feature part of their store amongst CDs, books and DVDs.

Address: Crown Gate Shopping Centre, Chapel Walk, Worcester, WR1 3LD

Phone: 01905 611273

Website: rise-music.co.uk

Elgar Cycles

Bicycle Shop

Once a rundown hair and beauty shop, Elgar Cycles took over the property transforming it into a bright, specialist cycle shop. Here you will find a variety of bikes ranging from Pashley, to Brompton, to Frog for the little ones. Elgar Cycles is the only cycle shop for friendly service, whether you’re buying, or in search of a repair.

Address: 49-51 Barbourne Road, Worcester, WR1 1SA

Phone: 01905 610336

Website: -

The Cardinal's Hat

Inn & Hotel

Worcester’s oldest inn, situated on the historic Friar Street provides six, luxurious bedrooms for the weary traveller. The Georgian bedrooms cleverly use every space, making the rooms feel generous and sumptuous, whilst being sympathetic to the building’s mixed heritage. Downstairs, guests can enjoy breakfast in the charming 14th Century pub, with its flagstone floors and ornate fireplaces. The central location makes it the ideal spot for anyone looking to explore the city.

Address: 31 Friar St, Worcester WR1 2NA

Phone: 01905 724006

Website: the-cardinals-hat.co.uk


Cocktail Club

Tucked away just off the high street is Worcester’s hidden, underground cocktail bar. First appearances show a modest frontage and a staircase, before revealing an impressive cavern where gothic arches are the centrepiece. Scattered around the room are plenty of seating areas, perfect for when the cocktails start to take their toll. It is easy to see how Keystones is one of Worcester’s most popular clubs.

Address: 1 Copenhagen St, Worcester WR1 2HB

Phone: 01905 731437

Website: keystonescocktailclub.co.uk

Witley Court

Historical Landmark

Set amidst rolling landscapes, Witley Court boasts a spectacular footprint of a once-impressive country home. After a devastating fire in 1937, the building deteriorated due to neglect, and pilfering locals. The grand Perseus and Andromeda fountain went through a laborious restoration process, bringing it back to its former glory which can be witnessed today.

Address: Worcester Road, Great Witley, WR6 6JT

Phone: 01299 896636

Website: english-heritage.org.uk

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