Just Visiting: Worcester

Worcester is a city in the Midlands of England, roughly halfway between Gloucester and Birmingham. We have been here before when we walked the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to Droitwich Spa but this time decided just to spend the day in the city.

It was a beautiful sunny day so we thought we would begin by getting views of Worcester and surrounding countryside from the tallest building in the city; the cathedral.

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There are 235 steps up to the top of the tower and as it is a spiral staircase it is very steep and narrow in places. The views from the top were worth it though!

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View of the Worcester Bridge over the River Severn

 

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One of the Cathedral’s Spires

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It’s a long way down!

 

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Looking over the main street and shopping area. You can just about see the statue of Edward Elgar in the bottom right hand corner, surrounded by orange fencing.

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Looking North over the city

 

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View to the North East

The tower is 62 metres (just over 200ft) tall so we were surprised to see a ladybird all the way up there!

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View to the South East

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Looking to the South-West with the Malvern Hills in the background

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View to the South

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The Cathedral Courtyard

On the way back down the tower we got to look into the bellringing chamber. We weren’t allowed near the ropes or bells as it can be quite dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing – in fact we were informed that earlier this year a bellringer had to be lowered 80ft through a trapdoor to safety by firefighters after getting his foot caught in a rope and pulled up into the air!

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After descending the tower we had a look inside the main part of the cathedral.

 

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Beautifully carved wooden choir stalls

IMG_6859IMG_6860After leaving the cathedral we wandered down to the river via the Cathedral Green.

 

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Cathedral Green

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Gateway to the River Severn

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These plaques show the height of floodwater on each date. 

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We walked along the river, getting an ice-cream on the way, then back into the city where a market was on in the main street. As we walked around we noticed lots of old buildings and admired their architecture. There are many shops, cafes and pubs so it is easy to spend a whole day here!

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Market in the main street

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There are also lots of side alleys to explore

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We really enjoyed our day out in Worcester and hope to return soon.

Thanks for reading and keep exploring.

Best Regards,

Adam & Harriet

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