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Living in Worcestershire

Why Worcestershire?

Worcestershire is one of the country’s most beautiful counties, perhaps best known for its idyllic black & white villages situated amidst stunning scenic landscape and its noted Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It also offers a wealth of opportunities and lifestyle choices; its central location provides excellent accessibility and communication links throughout the rest of the country, it has a number of top achieving Independent schools, acclaimed professional county sports, an array of leisure, recreational and country pursuits, a keen arts & cultural scene including numerous celebrated festivals, and a fantastic supply of local food producers. Aside of these more tangible attractions, this very fine county has been rated amongst one of the happiest places to live in the UK for possessing qualities that have that more indefinable “Feel-good Factor” (Rightmove survey reported by The Times, April 2011).

The county is traditionally noted for its abundant fruit farming. The Vale of Evesham to the east has its reputed Plum and Asparagus Festivals, and across towards the west where there are abundant hop fields and vines, there are business leading fermenters of wines, ciders, perries and beers. It is of course also famed for the local Morgan Sports car factory, and eminently for holding the Royal Warrants for its natural Malvern Spring Waters, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, and Royal Worcester Porcelain; to name drop a few.

The City of Worcester also boasts great historical significance being the site of the ending the English Civil War with the Battle of Worcester in 1651.There is a wealth of historical architecture throughout the county; perhaps most notably recorded by the magnificent Norman/Gothic Cathedral which is the striking backdrop of the legendary County Cricket Ground. It was here in the Cathedral that Sir Edward Elgar’s (born just outside of Worcester) revised version of the Enigma Variations was first performed during the 1899 Three Choirs Festival. This world renowned festival is still enjoyed each August between the “Three Counties” cathedrals of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.

For those searching for their next country property, farmhouse, village house or city/town home, and who are perhaps less familiar with or even unaware of the very many qualities and possibilities Worcestershire has to offer, we hope this guide provides more of an insight into the great many potential opportunities available, and in considering making Worcestershire your new home.

Value for Money

When comparing Worcestershire to elsewhere, it is worth considering…

  • You will pay more than double the money for a comparable farmhouse in Oxfordshire.
  • A character cottage in Worcestershire is about two thirds of the price of one in Oxfordshire.
  • A Cotswold manor house is now around three times the price of a Worcestershire manor house.

Places of interest

  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Museum of Royal Worcester
  • The Greyfriars (National Trust)
  • The County Museum at Hartlebury Castle
  • The Commandery
  • George Marshall Medical Museum
  • Harvington Hall
  • Severn Valley Railway
  • Tudor House Museum
  • Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
  • Worcestershire History Centre
  • Elgar’s Birthplace Museum
  • Croome Park
  • Witley Court

Local authorities

  • Worcester County Council
    County Hall
    Spetchley Road
    01905 763763
  • Malvern Hills District Council
    The Council House
    Avenue Road
    01684 892700
  • Wychavon District Council
    Civic Centre
    01386 565000
  • Wyre Forest District Council
    01562 820505

Taxi/chauffeur services

  • Cathedral Cars
    43 Newtown Road
    01905 767 400
  • Worcester 247 Taxis
    14 East Street
    01905 700 777
  • Blue Star Taxis
    Unit 17F Shrub Hill
    Industrial Estate
    01905 610 022

Important notice: All information believed to be correct at the time compiled with due diligence.

Property available in Worcester

The most sought after properties in Worcester are Victorian, Regency or Georgian, with well-proportioned rooms and generous gardens, but whether you are looking for a small cottage, striking manor house, large farmhouse or magnificent country estate, Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.

An Area of Outstanding Beauty.

The Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills dominate the west side of Worcestershire bordering the neighbouring county of Herefordshire from which there are wonderful Westerly views and to the Easterly side, over the spectacular Severn Vale – well recorded inspiration for one of Britain’s finest composers, Sir Edward Elgar.

The Hills are famed also for the beneficial qualities of the natural Malvern Spring waters. The Hills are formed by some of England’s most ancient rocks, dating back to about 680 million years, and being at the one end of the Worcestershire Way it is an excellent destination for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, whether it be more gentle exercise along a tree-lined path or an energetic trek along the ridge.

Being of such historical note, there is a wealth of distinguished properties strung along its length including Great Malvern Town, Wells, and Western edge, and out towards Ledbury and the outlying parishes of Colwall, Storridge, Castlemorton and the Hanleys.

Bredon Hill

The hill is geologically part of the Cotswolds and lies within the Cotswolds AONB, although as the result of erosion over millions of years it now stands isolated in the Vale of Evesham. At the summit of the hill are the remains of earthworks from an Iron Age hill fort. It is an important wildlife site in England with a range of habitats including limestone grassland, scrub and ancient woodland. A large number of public footpaths and bridleways, including the Wychavon Way, cross the hill from the villages circling its base, which include The Combertons, Overbury, Kemerton and Beckford.

Teme Valley

West Worcestershire along the Teme Valley offers some of the most beautiful unspoilt countryside in the County. The rolling wooded farmland with its patchwork of fields is a classic English picture; the area traditionally renowned for its livestock farming and hop fields. The Worcestershire Way weaves its way along the Valley; the topography making for some spectacular shooting, the River Teme some interesting fishing and for those on horseback there are a number of bridle paths. Situated along the way are a great many pretty villages and hamlets including the Shelsleys, Abberley, Knightwick and Suckley.


The Severn, Teme and Avon, amongst the many other tributaries, are the three major rivers that course their way through Worcestershire. With such beautiful outlooks and sources of leisure and recreation, these watercourses can be enjoyed by everyone. Along these, are some of the County’s most historical and beautiful dwellings, settlements and bridging points, including the quintessential villages of Clifton-upon-Teme, Birlingham, Severn Stoke and Ripple, and the scenic market towns of Tenbury Wells, Bewdley, Pershore and Upton-upon-Severn.

Getting to Worcester

Worcestershire’s convenient central location within the country provides excellent accessibility, and road, rail, and airport communication links:


  • Cheltenham 36 mins (24.7 miles)
  • Birmingham 48 mins (34.8 miles)
  • Warwick Parkway Railway Station 48 mins (41.2 miles)
  • Ludlow 55 mins (34.5 miles)
  • Bristol 1 hr 9 mins (62 miles)
  • Cardiff 1 hr 39 (89 miles)
  • London – Parliament Square 2hrs 32 mins (136 miles)


  • Cheltenham 30 mins
  • Birmingham New Street 46 mins
  • Birmingham International 1hr 15 mins (1 change)
  • Bristol 1hr 35 mins
  • London Paddington 2hrs 17 mins
  • Bristol Airport 2 hrs 14 mins (1 change)
  • London Euston to Birmingham New Street 1hr 25 mins
  • Warwick Parkway to London Marylebone 1 hr 10 mins


  • Gloucestershire Airport 34 mins (23.8 miles) – Private Airport
  • Birmingham International Airport 46 mins (38.5 miles)
  • Coventry Airport 57mins (49.7 miles) – Private Airport
  • East Midlands Airport 1hr 19 mins (72.1 miles)
  • Bristol Airport 1hr 28 mins (76 miles)
  • Manchester Airport 1hr 55 mins (105 miles)
  • London Heathrow Airport 2 hrs 7 mins (123 miles)



Worcestershire and its surrounds excels with an exceptional choice of excellent schools in the locality.

Preparatory Schools (Approximate Distance and Time from Worcester City Centre by Road

  • Abberley Hall School
    WR6 6DD
    01299 896275
  • Bredon School
    Pull Court
    GL20 6AH
    01684 293156
  • Bromsgrove School
    B61 7DU
    01527 579679
  • The Elms School
    WR13 6EF
    01684 540 344
  • The Downs, Malvern College Prep School
    WR13 6EY
    01684 544100
  • Moor Park 
    SY8 4DZ
    01584 872 342
  • Kings Hawford  
    WR3 7SD
    01905 451292
  • Kings St Albans 
    WR1 2NJ
    01905 354906
  • RGS The Grange 
    WR3 7RR
    01905 451205
  • RGS Springfield
    Worcester Britannia Square
    WR1 3DL
    01905 24999
  • Winterfold House School 
    DY10 4PW
    01562 777234

Public Schools

  • Bromsgrove School
    B61 7DU
    01527 579679
  • The Cheltenham Ladies’ College
    GL50 3EP
    01242 520 691
  • Kings Worcester
    5 College Green 
    WR1 2LL
    01905 721700
  • Malvern College 
    WR14 3DF
    01684 581 500
  • Malvern St James
    15 Avenue Road
    WR14 3BA
    01684 584 624


Recreation & Leisure

Worcestershire offers a wide choice of outstanding recreational, sporting and Arts facilities.

Professional Sports

  • Cricket - Worcestershire County Cricket Club
  • Horse Racing – Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford, Ludlow, Stratford
  • Motor Racing – Shelsley & Prescott Hill Climbs, Donnington Circuit, Silverstone
  • Premiership Rugby – Worcester Warriors

Leisure Activities

  • Exploring the beautiful countryside on long distance walking trails – Worcestershire Way, Severn Way, Wychavon Way, Cotswold Way, Monarch Way
  • Boating, cycling and walking along the vast network of canals – Worcester Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire Staffordshire Canal, Droitwich Canal, Stourbridge Canal
  • Fishing – Fisheries/ Fishing on the Severn, Teme, Avon and Wye
  • Golf – The Belfry, Worcestershire, Sapey, Evesham Vale, Blackwell, Boughton
  • Equestrian Centres – Hartpury College, Gracelands, Bromyard
  • Rowing - Worcester
  • Shooting – Teme Valley, Malvern & Bredon Hills, Croome
  • Activity Centres –  Cob House, Top Barn

Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Birmingham Symphony Hall, Malvern Festival Theatre, Swan Theatre & Huntingdon Hall, Worcester Cathedral concerts and recitals
  • Numerous National Trust & English Heritage Properties

Festivals, Shows & Attractions

  • Three Counties Showground – also Moreton Show, Tenbury Wells, CLA Game Fair (Ragley), Midlands Game Fair
  • Festivals – Food (Ludlow, Abergavenny) Music (Three Choirs, Big Chill at Eastnor) Literary (Hay Festival & Cheltenham), Poetry (Ledbury), Jazz (Upton on Severn & Cheltenham)
  • Other Family Attractions - Midlands Safari Park, Drayton Manor, Cotswolds Wildlife Park, Wyre Forest

Hotels / Spas

  • The Elms Hotel & Spa Abberley, The Malvern Spa, Dormy House at Broadway

Fine Dining / Vineyards / Local Produce

  • Restaurants - Mr Underhills at Ludlow, Venture Inn at Ombersley, The Stag Inn at Titley, The Lygon Arms at Broadway, Brockencote Hall at Chaddesley Corbett, Browns Restaurant, Worcester Quayside
  • Vineyards - Three Choirs Vineyard, Coddington Vineyard, Astley Vineyard
  • Farmers Markets & Shops – Various market towns, Ludlow Food Centre

Hospitals and Medical practices

  • Worcestershire Royal NHS Hospital
    Charles Hastings Way
    01905 760600
  • Spire South Bank Private Hospital
    139 Bath Road
    01905 350003