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The historic City of Worcester lies beside the River Severn some 25 miles from the Cotswolds and the village of Broadway (the Northern Gateway to the Cotswolds) featuring many Areas of Outstanding National Beauty. Lying within the heart of the city is a magnificent Cathedral, perched upon the riverbank, which dominates the skyline for miles around.

Driving through the city and surrounding areas you will get to see stunning and cutting-edge architecture including the award-winning design of The Hive (Europe’s first joint public and university library), landmarks such as the county’s most picturesque Cricket ground and views to the famous Malvern Hills amongst so many other historic sites such as the Birthplace of Edward Elgar.

The bustling city centre has a variety of independent shops, bars and restaurants including Cathedral Plaza. As an ever-improving city, there is another major regeneration of Worcester’s city centre set to go ahead, bringing further housing and businesses to the area. Worcester is home to our award winning, architecturally outstanding library called The Hive, which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.

The city is steeped in history something which is apparent within its many period buildings and landmarks throughout. Worcester was also a big part of the Civil War and you can even eat in a pub once occupied by royalty! King Charles II escaped his enemies from what is now known as King Charles House after the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651. Some say this is when Worcester gained its nickname, ‘The Faithful City’ originating from the Latin ‘Civitas Fidelis’.

Worcester is renowned for its walks, whether that be a brisk stroll around the river or following it all the way to the famous Camp at Grimley for much needed refreshments, there is something for everyone! Worcester lies just a short distance away from the famous Malvern Hills famous for their walking routes and spectacular views along the way!

Worcester is also known for our love of sports, you may have heard of Worcester Warriors Rugby and Worcestershire County Cricket Club, but we also have a fantastic basketball and wheelchair basketball teams, Worcester Wolves, who play in the state-of-the-art Worcester University Arena.

The transport links make Worcester a commuter’s dream, situated just off the M5 and with direct train links to Birmingham and London via Worcester Foregate Street, Shrub Hill and the newly completed Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station.

Voted 2019’s happiest place to live, we can see why!

Schooling within the county is vast and diverse with Ofsted-rated outstanding primary schools, secondary schools and academies offering top-class education. Worcester is also home to many leading independent Schools including The Royal Grammar School and Kings School Worcester providing academic excellence.

Worcester has changed a lot in recent years becoming one of the most popular places to live in the country with an ever-growing selection of bars and restaurants. The shopping isn’t bad either. We think Worcester is the best place to live (we might be biased on that front) and the people living here are second to none, it really is the perfect place to call home.

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