Worcester is a fantastic place, filled with historical buildings and some breath-taking scenery. As a student studying in the University of Worcester, I found myself appreciating the landmarks scattered within the area, as well as the wildlife surrounding the beautiful River Severn.
There are many places worthy for social media enthusiasts and individuals who enjoy sightseeing or photography as a whole but, for this blog, I will show you my top 5 favourite destinations.
The Worcester Cathedral also known by its name, ‘The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary’, it is known as the most famous landmark of Worcester, which was built between 1084 and 1504. Its architectural structure is phenomenal and the history behind the Cathedral is intriguing. It contains tombs such as, the tombs of two royal members, King John, and Prince Arthur. It also comprises of gardens, a library containing post and pre-medieval manuscripts, books, and a music collection, containing works from famous composers such as Thomas Tomkins and Edward Elgar. This wonderful building is also where the University of Worcester hold their students’ graduation ceremonies and a variety of events.
Friar street, one of the most photogenic streets of Worcester. Many students love to visit this spot to take pictures. It is one of the few medieval streets left in Worcester. It contains Tudor houses and small local shops. These 16th-century buildings are timber-framed and contain lead windows. If you are an enjoyer of historic buildings, then this street is a place worthy to visit. It is very Instagram worthy. It also contains the Tudor House Museum if you would like to learn more of the history behind it.
After seeing Friar Street. You can venture out and see the shopping centres and restaurants imbedded into the heart of Worcester. There are beautiful rows of buildings in town that are vibrant and filled with detail. These places are accessible to everyone and after taking a photo you can go shopping or eat at a variety of restaurants.
City Campus, University of Worcester
As a student, I found myself in awe of the University of Worcester’s city campus. The architectural design and history of the building in the city campus are wonderful to learn and see. The building before it was turned into a campus in 2010 was a former Worcester Royal Infirmary. The building dates back to 1771, where the British Medical Association was founded in 1832.
Venturing inside, you will find the old remnants of the past, including famous paintings of medical figures, and the Infirmary Medical Museum. There are also leisure facilities such as the McClelland Health and Wellbeing Centre, which offers a gym, therapy and treatment rooms, and a 24/7 internet café. It’s a beautiful building and the landscape surrounding it is lovely.
The Worcester Guildhall is a municipal building situated in Worcester High Street. It was designed by Thomas White and was completed in 1723. It is free to visit inside and has a variety of beautiful rooms. Such as the lower hall, green room, and the assembly room. If you do wish to take part in a guided tour, you will be able to see secret rooms inside the Guildhall such as, subterranean cells and more.
The Guildhall is also available for hire for events, conferences, weddings and civil ceremonies and corporate hire. It’s a wonderful building containing history and it’s worth a visit to take photos.