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Worcester is an elegant and historic English city and a lovely place to learn English.
The city of Worcester, pronounced “Woo-ster”, is famous for being the home of spicy Worcestershire sauce, as well as being the site of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1651. At the centre of the city is a magnificent cathedral, which is one of the loveliest in England and dates back to Norman times.
Worcester is a friendly and welcoming place that offers all of the amenities of a city, while maintaining the peaceful atmosphere of a small town. Walking around its town centre is a delight, as there is a beautiful collection of Georgian, Tudor, medieval and modern buildings. The city is also known as a thriving centre of learning and home to the University of Worcester.
Located in central England, south west of Birmingham, Worcester is easily accessible and an excellent base for exploring other destinations on weekend excursions. It’s just 40 miles from the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty in the south, and to the east, just 25 miles away, is Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Studying English in Worcester, you have plenty to see and do after class.
There is a lot to explore in and around Worcester itself. Visit the Commandry, a fascinating timber building from the 15th century that was used as a headquarters during the 1651 Battle of Worcester and has exciting stories to tell about war, greed, power, romance and society. The Greyfriars House and Gardens is also a fascinating historic site - a beautiful merchant’s house that has been transformed into a peaceful oasis.
The City Museum and Art Gallery is another great attraction. It is home to exhibits of contemporary art, social history and local archaeology and also hosts a unique programme of contemporary art exhibitions.
For a laid back café, check out the Pump House, which was formerly the pumping station for the drinking water supply and is now a chilled out coffee house offering drinks and snacks.
Why not take a weekend walk in the tranquil and scenic countryside? The nearby Malvern Hills tower over the river and the city and are perfect for a gentle ramble.
Or, if you are a little more adventurous, you can tackle the heights of Worcestershire Beacon. Or, simply take a walk or a bike ride along the river – the paths that follow the riverbank are scenic and well maintained.
Spetchley Park Gardens, located just a few miles east of the city centre, offers 30 acres of peaceful gardens, a Georgian house and a lake. Witley Court is another beautiful historic attraction– the ruins of this Grade I listed building are surrounded by lovely stone fountains
Worcester has an excellent cultural scene. The Swan Theatre and Huntingdon Hall are places to watch theatre and other performances. After a show, have a drink at one of the city’s unpretentious and welcoming pubs – such as The Dragon Inn or The Plough.
Worcester’s bustling centre has a full range of shops and stores, and its independent shops in particular are the perfect place to look for gifts to take home.