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Worcestershire is a diverse county, situated in the southwest corner of the Midlands. The county is synonymous with Royal Worcester Porcelain, Worcester Sauce, Morgan Sports cars, carpet production, Malvern spring water and the dramatic and breathtaking scenery of the Malvern Hills. The Malvern Hills mark the western boundary of the county and the border with Herefordshire, with the fertile Vale of Evesham lying to the east, an area renowned for its fruit growing and vegetable production.
To the north of the county is the vast Wyre Forest, one of England’s largest broadleaf forests and beyond is the commercial conurbation of the West Midlands. The county was made rich in the Victorian era and the industrial revolution, marking Birmingham as a significant commercial centre. Today Worcestershire is a popular for people wanting to enjoy a beautiful landscape but needing good access to Birmingham and the Midlands.
The county’s capital, Worcester, with its superb Cathedral, was created by the Romans who wanted to take advantage of the resources of the river Severn which runs through the city. The river bisects the county, it is joined from the North West by the River Teme and from the east by the River Avon running through picturesque Worcestershire countryside before reaching Gloucester.
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The picturesque City of Worcester is situated in one of the rich valleys of the lower River Avon and the middle River Severn, bounded by the Malvern Hills to the west and Bredon Hill to the east, and with a skyline dominated by the (largely) 14th Century Cathedral. Within the well-preserved and historic city wind narrow lanes, home to a variety of interesting and unusual shops, whilst broader pedestrian tree-lined avenues host familiar retail names accompanied by cosy coffee shops and ambitious restaurants.
A significant commercial centre for the West Midlands, Worcester has excellent communication links and is home to many national companies, it’s proximity to Birmingham being an important draw. With County Cricket, Premiership Rugby and it’s own race course, the city provides excellent sporting credentials to boot.
A visitor to the city will find history and modernity sitting comfortably side by side, and in defiance of some strange aspects there is much to see, much to enjoy, and much to discover in a city that wears rather understated architectural clothing.
Great Malvern rose to fame as a Spa town in the 19th Century and much of the town’s Victorian architecture still remains, a particular example being the ornate Railway Station which links to Birmingham New Street and London Paddington. Today the cosmopolitan town has a wealth of independent shops, galleries and restaurants. Malvern also has a renowned theatre which adjoins the beautiful Priory Park Gardens. The town has built a strong reputation for its quality of independent schools including Malvern St James and Malvern College. Situated 8 miles west of the M5 it is well placed for the conurbations of Birmingham and Worcester but has excellent road/rail links to the rest of the country.
The scenery surrounding The Malverns is amongst the most stunning and unspoilt in the British Isles and has been the inspiration to many authors, composers and artists. The area offers a wealth of recreational opportunities and The Malvern Hills, which extend for over 10 miles, are particularly popular with visitors and residents alike. The Three Counties Show Ground is situated a mile from the town and hosts a wide variety of year round events.
A traditional riverside market town situated on the banks of the river Severn and a town serving the surrounding rural villages. An historic river port, Upton now has a modern marina for boating enthusiasts and holiday makers. The town is a short commute from the city of Worcester to the north and close to Malvern to the west.
Junction 1 of the M50 is about 4 miles away, giving fast access to the Midlands and South West as well as a direct route intoHerefordshire and South Wales.
With many cultural and historic features, Upton is a popular destination as host to the Upton International Jazz Festival. There is also an annual Folk Festival and the popular Water Festival, which honours the River Severn to which the town owes its existence.