TWO HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS……ONE GLORIOUS DAY OUT IN WORCESTERSHIRE
A visit to Worcester Cathedral and Spetchley Park Gardens
Combining the history of one of England’s greatest cathedrals with the enchantment of some beautiful formal and informal gardens, where the story of the Civil War and one of England’s finest composers, Edward Elgar, can be told.
You don’t need to know a lot about history or architecture to enjoy the beautiful design of this imposing feat of human engineering. The wide open vista from east to west makes a visit to Worcester a memorable experience. The Cathedral has been a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries. During Anglo-Saxon times, Worcester was one of the most important monastic cathedrals in the country, some of the medieval university textbooks still survive in the cathedral library today.
After your visit drive four miles to the east of Worcester where, surrounded by glorious countryside and deer park, lies one of Britain’s best kept secrets. The gardens at Spetchley Park are one of the horticultural gems of our Country. 30 acres of sweeping lawns, magnificent herbaceous borders and stunning landscape design will inspire your imagination and unveil why this garden is one of the most enchanting in the world.
Lunch is served in the pleasant surroundings of The Old Laundry Tearooms at Spetchley Park. After lunch explore the surroundings where the royalist Army camped on the eve of the Battle of Worcester and where Edward Elgar used to stay with the Berkeley family. It was Spetchley where he went to relax by fishing in the lakes or composing. The copse, a tranquil woodland walk, inspired The Dream of Gerontius, part of which was written in the gardener’s cottage. After your leisurely walk you can relax in the delightful tea room.
Itinerary for your Visit
10.30am Arrive at Worcester Cathedral
Welcome, morning coffee/tea
10.45am Guided tour.
An experienced guide will lead you around, imparting fascinating facts about this inspiring cathedral church, including stories of the famous and historic people connected to it.
12.15am Explore other parts in and around the Cathedral.
There is often a free exhibition to see and more in depth information about the cathedral to be explored. On Saturdays, Bank holidays and in the school summer holidays there is the option to climb the 235 steps of the Cathedral Tower* to see spectacular views of the city and beyond.
(* Extra charges apply),
12.45pm Depart for Spetchley Park Gardens and Lunch in The Old Laundry Tearooms
2.30pm Explore Spetchley Park Gardens
Tour the thirty acre historic gardens and attached deer park at your own pace, seeing where Elgar often stayed and composed. Tour independently or book a guided tour.
Refreshments, Disabled toilets,Gift Shop. Coach drop off point close by (Cathedral).
Plant sales & gifts. Free car/coach parking (Spetchley Park Gardens).
£21 per person, which includes a tour of Worcester Cathedral and entrance to Spetchley Park Gardens, morning refreshments and a pre-booked lunch.
Tour available for groups of 10+
Wednesday to Saturday, May – 30 September inclusive.
Bank Holiday Mondays.
Saturdays from 1 – 31 October.
(Cathedral tour availability is subject to other events in the Cathedral.)
The Cathedral aims to be as accessible as possible to all. Unfortunately owing to the ancient nature of the building there is no disabled access to the Tower and Library. The Guide and Hearing Dogs are welcome.
Wheelchair access at Spetchley Park Gardens is limited.
How to Book
For an information pack and to discuss your visit, please contact Rebecca Fielder at Worcester Cathedral:
Tel. 01905 732900
Worcester Cathedral is situated in the middle of Worcester City
Spetchley Park Gardens is four miles from the Cathedral signposted off the A44 Worcester/Evesham Road
(10 minutes journey)
Groups are required to use own coach/car transport between attractions