Historic Sites in Worcestershire




Pershore Abbey Middle Littleton Tithe 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 natural 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 long 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.



Cathedrals

, and other major churches

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

Rating: ★★★★
Little Malvern Priory
Little Malvern Priory
Picturesque parish church at the foot of the Malvern Hills, occupying part of a larger building from a 12th century Benedictine monastery

Rating: ★★★★★
Pershore Abbey
Pershore Abbey
Surviving section of the church from a medieval abbey, featuring intricate lierne vaulting, a huge tower and various historic artifacts

Rating: ★★★★★
Worcester Cathedral
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

Rating: ★★★★★

Historic Buildings



Bredon Barn
Bredon Barn
Historic agricultural building using timber and Cotswold stone, little changed from the 14th century

Rating: ★★★★
Leigh Court Barn
Leigh Court Barn
Huge, 14th century cruck-framed barn, the largest building of this type in the country, and one of the oldest

Rating: ★★★★★
Middle Littleton Tithe Barn
Middle Littleton Tithe Barn
Substantial, timber and limestone barn from the mid 13th century, in a quiet, rural location; amongst the best preserved in the country

Rating: ★★★★
Witley Court
Witley Court
Evocative ruins of an extravagant 17th century country house, destroyed by fire in 1937. Surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens

Rating: ★★★★★

Landscapes



Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills
Relatively long, tall and narrow range of hills, lying along the border with Herefordshire; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Rating: ★★★★


Map of Featured Worcestershire Locations