Historic Sites in Worcestershire

Witley Court Leigh Court Barn Worcester Cathedral Witley Court
The northern reaches of Worcestershire are quite developed, and partly industrial, around Kidderminster and the outer suburbs of Birmingham, but most of the land is rural. The most famous areas are along the borders, shared with adjacent counties; Malvern Hills in the southwest, the Cotswolds to the southeast, and the Wyre Forest in the northwest. The River Severn flows southwards right through the middle of Worcestershire, and the main city of Worcester, and is surrounded by rolling farmland and small woods, a landscape that makes up the majority of the county; there are no particularly high hills or dramatic geological features.

Unlike most English counties, Worcestershire contains no surviving castles, only several follies and castellated mansions; the few castles that were built have been destroyed, leaving little or no trace. There are also no significant Roman sites or prehistoric relics, but the county does have many fine religious buildings, most famous being Worcester Cathedral, and a small collection of medieval barns.

Historic Buildings

Bredon Tithe Barn - agricultural building from the 14th century, constructed mostly in stone

Leigh Court Barn - huge, 14th century cruck-framed barn, the largest building of this type in the country

Middle Littleton Tithe Barn - elegant wood and stone barn from the early 14th century, in a quiet, rural location

Witley Court - evocative ruins of an extravagant country house, destroyed by fire in 1937


, and other major churches

Great Malvern Priory Church - large parish church, formerly part of a Benedictine monastery, with extensive collections of medieval stained glass and wall tiles

Pershore Abbey - surviving section of the church from a medieval abbey, featuring intricate vaulting, historic tombs and a Norman font

Worcester Cathedral - typically grand and ornate cathedral, built partly in the perpendicular Gothic style. Contains the tomb of King John, and memorials to many other important people

Map of Featured Worcestershire Locations