Whilst visiting a friend in Worcester we came across the open door of St Swithun’s Church. Not always open to the public we decided to have an explore of what is a Grade I listed Anglican Church, one of the earliest Georgian churches in England.
Despite visiting Worcester a number of times over the years I had never really paid much attention to this imposing spire until this most recent visit.
Although I was aware of the City Art Gallery and Museum’s location, I hadn’t intended to visit this time around – I already had places I was more eager to explore. However, when I found myself nearby with an hour before it closed I decided to pop in, even if it meant only being able to see a small portion of the museum. What I hadn’t realised was just how small the place is, and I actually managed to see everything I could and have time to spare.
Although Witley Parish Church is adjacent to Witley Court, the church is separate and does not receive any aid from English Heritage. It is, however, an absolute must-see if you are intending to visit the Court. It doesn’t look very impressive from the outside, but the inside is nothing short of breathtaking. I had been told that it was beautiful, but nothing had quite prepared me for the reality.
One of the places I most wanted to see on my recent visit to Worcester was Witley Court. It is an English Heritage property, roughly half an hour from Worcester. Despite the fact they have a somewhat irregular timetable, I easily managed to get there and back on public transport, and was even dropped off and picked up at the entrance, thanks to a very friendly bus driver.
I originally hadn’t intended to visit Greyfriars House and Garden on my most recent trip to Worcester, but the Museum of Royal Worcester, whilst excellent, didn’t take as long to go around as I’d anticipated, so I found myself with a couple of hours to spare. Greyfriars House is a National Trust property that is really nestled away in the heart of Worcester’s Friar Street, a street which still retains much of its medieval appearance. (Tudor House, which I visited previously, is on the same street).
As per my previous two posts I recently(ish) visited Croome Court near Worcester – you can read those posts here and here. Now a National Trust property, the Court has had an interesting history; from being the home of the Coventry family since the 16th century (though this version of the house was built in the 18th century), to a school, to having been requisitioned by the RAF for an airfield, and for use as a hotel.
As part of my recent visit to Croome Court, after visiting the church, we next took a walk around the Park. This was Capability Brown’s very first landscaped gardens and though much of it had been left overgrown, in part due to changes of ownership the Court has undergone over the years, the National Trust has been working hard to restore it to its former glory.
In August I took a trip to visit Croome Court, a National Trust property in Worcestershire. Price of admission was £8 for adults and I’ll say upfront that you absolutely get your money’s worth. The gardens open at 10am with the home opening an hour later (during the summer – times may vary). We’d arrived just after 10am and there were already cars in the parking lot; when we left nearly four hours later it was overflowing – clearly a very popular venue.