Flights to Worcester
Worcester is the county town of Worcestershire and it’s situated in the West Midlands region of England, about 48 kilometres from the larger city of Birmingham. Worcester played an important part in the English Civil War and is home to Worcester Cathedral.
Flights to Worcester will have to come to the Birmingham International Airport (airport code: BHX) which has regular rail service to Worcester as well as being on major roadways if you prefer to drive the 40 km. Most flights to Worcester from South Africa have 1 stop, such as with SwissAir that connects in Zurich. Lufthansa and South African Airways both have the same route through Munich, and KLM will make a stop in Amsterdam. Average flights to Worcester take between 14 and 16 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Worcester:
The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary is more commonly known simply as Worcester Cathedral. Like the majority of cathedrals in the UK, Worcester Cathedral is an historic building and was constructed between 1084 and 1504. During its construction the building took on many different architectural styles of the eras including Norman and Gothic.
The Norman crypt is one of the cathedral’s most famous features, and there is the tomb of King John here too. Worcester Cathedral is open every day and admission is free, but be respectful of service times.
Worcester Porcelain Museum
One of the industry’s Worcester has been famous for is its porcelain and in particular the company Royal Worcester Porcelain. Unfortunately the company is no longer trading but there is a museum dedicated to the industry here in Worcester. The Worcester Porcelain Museum is located at the former factory site of the company and is said to have the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world, dating abck as far as 1751.
Elgar Birthplace Museum
One of Worcester’s famous sons is the British composer Edward Elgar who was famous for works such as Pomp and Circumstance. Elgar was born in a village just outside Worcester, called Lower Broadheath, and the cottage in which he was born is now the Elgar Birthplace Museum. The museum houses collections covering Elgar’s life, and there’s an associated Elgar Centre too.
Elgar’s father owned a music shop on Worcester High Street and there’s a statue of Elgar not far from the where the shop once was.
Worcester’s Historic Buildings
As you wander around Worcester you’ll find that the city has a good selection of historic houses and buildings. Two that are more famous include the Tudor House (now the Tudor House Heritage Centre), and the Greyfriars.
Greyfriars is operated by the National Trust. It was built in 1480 and had additions in the 17th and 18th centuries and is a great looking timber framed house. The Tudor House is also timber framed and admission is free.
When Should You Visit?:
July and August are the warmest months to visit Worcester when you’ll be greeted with average high temperatures of 23C and average lows of 13C. Another good reason to visit Worcester in July is that this month has the least rainfall. The rest of the year temperatures are mild; December is coldest, but even then the average high is still 7C.