About Worcester

Worcester is one of the UK’s most attractive places to live, work and visit. We are renowned as a Cathedral City, yet there is much more to our location. We offer the perfect blend of heritage townscapes and beautiful surrounding countryside.

As a Council, we see ourselves as building on 2,000 years of history. We are committed to maintaining Worcester’s heritage, whilst at the same time encouraging its thriving economy, building on its excellent transport links, attracting new investment and establishing the right infrastructure for modern life. 

History
Worcester is around 100 miles west-northwest of London and, in modern times, we have a population of just over 102,000. The River Severn runs along the western side of the city centre, which is overlooked by Worcester Cathedral.

Our City played a vital role in the English Civil War as the Battle of Worcester was the final battle of the war, when Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army defeated King Charles II's Cavaliers. We’re proud of our heritage and there are many historical sites and buildings relating to that period. It’s a defining characteristic of our City – and an important reason for people to visit.

The other defining feature of Worcester is our Cathedral, resting on the bank of the River Severn. Originally established in the Seventh Century, today the Cathedral is still at the heart of our vibrant community. 

Town
Our history is important but we’re also intent on building a city fit for the 21st Century. We’re making the most of our heritage sites but also redeveloping our city centre, creating a bustling riverside which combines leisure with residential properties. Our retail sector is thriving, and we have wonderful green spaces, plus a city centre art gallery and brand-new library. You will also find a growing array of independent cafes and retailers in Worcester, making the city centre a diverse place to discover, relax, shop and live.

Worcester boasts a fast-growing sporting reputation and is home to the successful County Cricket team, Rugby Union Premiership side Worcester Warriors and the Worcester Wolves basketball team, based at the University of Worcester Arena.

Living in Worcester
Worcester is a city that offers a good quality of life and it is also surrounded by pretty towns such as Malvern and Evesham, which are in easy commuting distance. Education provision throughout the area is excellent, with outstanding private schools and grammar schools. You can be in Birmingham by train in just over 30 minutes, while the journey into London Paddington takes around two-and-a-half hours.

Outside Worcester, spa towns offer a change of scene. Great Malvern has an historic, genteel atmosphere, with a range of Regency and Victorian buildings. It was once the home of composer Edward Elgar – and is still the home of Morgan cars, which are a regular sight on local, winding country roads.