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Attractions and places to visit
Welcome - here is some information about local attractions that you might find useful if you plan to visit the area. Information about forthcoming events can be found on the pages of the Malvern Gazette (see link at bottom of our Noticeboard).
Good walks are to be had along the 9 miles of the Malvern Hills. There are access points onto the Hills from Rosebank Gardens and St Annes Road in Great Malvern, and ample car parking at the Herefordshire Beacon at the southern end of the hills that was used 2000 years ago as an Iron Age Hill Fort. It is advisable to wear stout footwear and consider taking bottled water and a sunhat in the summer, and conversely wearing warm clothing and gloves on cold days as it can be breezy, increasing the chill factor, on the ridge.
Walks and Guides are available from the Tourist Information Centre at the top of Church Street.
The Great Malvern Priory church was originally built as a monastery and has world famous stained glass windows as well as medieval tiles. Darwin's daughter is buried in the churchyard.
Malvern is well known for its private schools including Malvern College, and Malvern St James.
(Malvern College hyperlink removed as McAfee reported virus in script)
Malvern is a centre for the arts with regular events held at the Malvern Theatres.
Outdoor events such as the annual "Three Counties Agricultural Show" and the "Spring Gardening Show" are hosted at the Three Counties Showground. Nearby at Upton upon Severn events include the "Upton Folk Festival", and the "Upton Jazz Festival".
Natural spring water comes from the hills and in Victorian times the "Water Cure" attracted many people to the town.
There is a statue of the famous composer Sir Edward Elgar on Belle Vue Terrace. Elgar was born in Lower Broadheath Near Worcester and lived for some time in Malvern. Many of his musical compositions were inspired by the Malvern Hills.
The small Malvern Museum in the historic Abbey Gateway has a collection of interesting artifacts linked to Malvern throughout the ages.
Little Malvern Court and gardens is a country house on the outskirts of Malvern and is open to the public on certain days in early summer.
Eastnor Castle near Ledbury was built in Victorian times and is surrounded by a deer park, lake and arboretum. Both house and grounds are open to the public at certain times of the year. See the website.
Landrover driver training and show events take place at Eastnor.
Ledbury in Herefordshire is a small market town to the south of Malvern and is well known for its historic timbered market building.
Witley Court is the magnificent ruin of what was once a large mansion destroyed by fire in 1938 and an audio tour describes the lavish lifestyle of Victorian and Edwardian times. The gardens are being restored and contain the spectacular Poseidon Fountain which can be seen working at certain times.
The riverside City of Worcester lies 9 miles to the north of Malvern. King John is buried in the Cathedral.
The gardens at Croome Park were created by "Capabilty" Brown in the eighteenth century, and the garden is being recreated to his design by the National Trust. You can find details on the National Trust website,
Photo at top: family at Eastnor castle
Last modified 2nd September 2018