Worcester is a historic old cathedral city in the county of Worcestershire, with many historic buildings. It is pronounced "Wooster".
The mediaeval Worcester Cathedral contains a Norman crypt, built by the early Anglo-Saxon Bishop St. Wulfstan. The nave contains the tombs of King John and of Prince Arthur, the eldest son of Henry VII, who lived not far away at Ludlow Castle.
Friar Street and its continuation New Street contain a fine collection of picturesque timber framed houses. One of these, King Charles House, was the scene of Charles II's escape after the Battle of Worcester. The Greyfriars and Tudor House are both open to the public, and contain many fascinating historic artefacts.
The splendid baroque Guildhall, in the main pedestrianised street, has next door the Tourist Information Centre.
Near the cathedral is a statue of Edward Elgar, a local man whose music was largely inspired by the nearby countryside.
The title "The Faithful City" was bestowed on Worcester in the 17th century, in recognition of its loyalty to the crown during the Civil War.
Worcestershire sauce was invented in the city, and Royal Worcester porcelain is world famous.
The Worcestershire County Cricket Club ground, beside the River Severn, is widely held to be the most beautiful in England.
Worcester was the birthplace of William Morris, the car manufacturer later known as Lord Nuffield; Vesta Tilley, the music hall performer; and Mrs Henry Wood, the novelist who wrote "East Lynne".
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Worcester for groups.