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Worcester is a historic city, located in the county of Worcestershire, in the West Midlands region of England. The city lies around 17 miles south-west of Birmingham, the largest city in the Midlands and one of the most important economic centres in the UK. Worcester is famous in part for its association with Worcestershire Sauce, which is still made in the city at the Lea & Perrins factory. The city is also well known to students of history as the site of the final battle in the English Civil War in 1651 when Oliver Cromwell’s forces defeated royalist supporters of King Charles II. Worcester developed along the banks of the River Severn, which still cuts right through the heart of the city today.
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Worcester is renowned as a historic and aesthetically pleasing city that has numerous listed buildings and sites of cultural interest. It is also a very modern and emerging city in many ways, with businesses operating and developing in a wide range of sectors in key districts around the city centre. Worcester has a good supply of quality serviced offices and the area benefits considerably from its proximity to Birmingham and to central London, which is less than two hours journey away by train. Among the businesses based in the city are the domestic heating products company Worcester, Bosch, the internet domain name and hosting company Namesco Ltd, and the software firm Open GI.
Things to do in Worcester
Central Worcester is packed with great places to visit like the Worcester Cathedral, the Worcester Porcelain Museum and the Civil War Museum. Other sites of interest include the Tudor House and Greyfriars buildings on City Wall Road, both of which are exceptionally well-preserved examples of historic architecture dating back roughly 500 years. For some retail therapy, you should try the CrownGate Worcester Shopping Centre or head to central parts of the city and areas around High Street and the Shambles. Worcester as a whole is an enjoyable and relaxing place to spend time, with the city also able to boast some terrific places to eat out, not least the Diglis House Hotel & Restaurant, Little Venice, Saffrons Bistro and Mode on Angel Row. There is also a near endless supply of great bars and pubs for visitors or residents of Worcester to choose from, with the Courtyard and the Swan with Two Necks among the very best.