Visiting the diocese
Things to do in Worcestershire and Dudley
The Diocese of Worcester contains a wonderful mix of rural and urban settings, from the historic city of Worcester, to the rolling hills of Malvern, to the industrial heritage of Dudley.
Here are some of our top recommendations to visit.
Worcester Cathedral is one of England’s loveliest cathedrals. With royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass. There is also a fascinating ancient library and archive, which houses the second largest collection of medieval manuscripts in any cathedral in the UK.
Worcester Cathedral is open daily 7.30am-6pm, with Services three times daily. Entry is free.
The Abbey Church of the Holy Cross, Pershore has been a centre for Christian Worship for over 1300 years. The present Abbey celebrated its Millennium in 1972.
Still one of the finest examples of Norman and Early English architecture in the country, Pershore Abbey is very much a broken building: Henry VIII destroyed the nave at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries; the north transept collapsed in the middle 1600s.
What remains of the Abbey is the best part: the monk's Quire (which is now the Nave) with its unique ploughshare vaulting, the combined triforium and celerestory, and the magnificent tower with its lantern and free-
Great Malvern Priory
This impressive building stands as a testimony to the faith of many generations and has done so ever since Aldwyn founded it as a Benedictine Priory in 1085. It was a monastery for over 450 years.
See the largest East Window of any parish church in England, check out ‘Royal’ stained glass given by Richard III & Henry VII and look through the keyhole to spot the lamp which may have inspired CS Lewis’ Narnia stories.
- St. Michael’s Church, Rushock: Rock up to the final resting place of Led Zeppelin’s drummer, John Bonham
- St. Mary the Virgin, Hanbury: Experience the bells used by the BBC for St. Stephen’s, Ambridge and stand on the steps where Archers’ couple Emma and Will had their wedding photos.
- St. Francis, Dudley: Visit the window dedicated to one of ‘Busby’s Babes’, Duncan Edwards who was killed age 21 in the Munich Air disaster of 1958 when the Manchester United Football team were travelling back from a European Cup match.
- The Wilden to Witley church trail features a number of our dioceses's churches.
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This video, produced for Worcester Cathedral for the Queen's visit in 2012, gives a great overview of Worcestershire, its history, its culture, its industry and its beauty.