We had a nice weekend break away from the pains and stresses of buying a house, in the lovely city of Worcester. Even though there was quite a bit of rain while we were there, which seems to be the running theme to our adventures of 2016, we still enjoyed ourselves and here’s five reasons why…
1. Worcester Cathedral
I always love a good cathedral. Not the religious side of it but the history, architecture and pure magnificence of these buildings that can be found all over Britain. The cathedral sits in a lovely location next to the Severn River. There’s a lot to see on the inside, more so than the usual cathedral. As it is here where King John is buried, as well as Prince Arthur. You can also climb the tower for £4 per adult and do various tours.
2. Kleve Walk and the Severn River
Kleve Walk runs along side the Severn River. When we walked down the pathway it was a lovely warm and sunny Sunday afternoon. There were market stalls, a multitude of swans and a nice lock half way down. You can walk further down than the lock towards the bridge and walk back on the other side of the river. But we stuck to the same side and enjoyed the atmosphere and sunshine.
3. The Cricket
We stayed in the Premier Inn, which backs onto Worcestershire’s cricket ground. We were fortunate enough to have a room with a perfect view of the ground. So when we were in we watched a great match between Worcestershire and Lancashire. It’s a beautiful ground too with great views of hills or mountains in the distance, which made us feel like we were somewhere overseas, rather than a couple of hours drive from home.
4. It’s History
Like so many cities and towns across Britain you’ll find plenty of history and Worcester is no different. As mentioned earlier there’s a King and a Prince buried in the cathedral. But there’s a lot more to see as well, such as the Tudor House museum and Worcester city art gallery and museum which are both free. Unfortunately the Tudor House museum is only open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, so we were unable to go round it. There are other museums that have to be paid for like the Commandery and Greyfriars museums.
5. Cafe Rouge
We ate at Cafe Rouge on our first night, taking advantage of our Tesco Clubcard vouchers, which made the meal much cheaper. The restaurant is on a lovely little winding cobbled street with Tudor style buildings on. I had the confit de canard and Emma had the boeuf bourguignon. We had desserts too, which was fondant aux chocolats for Emma and an Eton mess for me.