Worcestershire & Wales

Turn the car west and things actually do get wild.  This is great tourist destination because it combines the plains and rolling hills of Worcestershire and the Severn Valley and beyond the Malvern Hills the start of the more dramatic scenery of Wales and the Welsh Borders.  In the south of the area is the Forest of Dean, a little part of Britain ruled by its own laws and customs.  There are some great roads along which to enjoy your classic car rental from Great Escape, To check prices, availability, reserve a car or book online, please use the links.

On this page we've created links to places to visit in Worcestershire, Malvern Hills and Shropshire.  If you would like advice on Worcestershire tourism or planning your trip, please email graham@greatescapecars.co.uk.

Attractions | Towns & Villages | Car Activities |

Gardens & Houses | Walks & views  | Useful sites

Attractions  

http://www.svr.co.uk/

Severn Valley Railway - 16 miles by steam train and one of the best attractions in this region.

www.longbarnvillage.com

Relaxing and beautiful location to enjoy a drink or meal and browse local shops.

http://www.malvernhills.org.uk/

The Malvern Hills is he largest area of open common land in the West Midlands over 3,000 acres of open space, providing good walking and wildlife viewing.

http://www.waterscape.com/

Tardebigge Lock Flight has 30 locks, making it the largest flight of locks in Britain.  It raises the Worcester and Birmingham canal 220 feet up through some delightful rolling countryside just southeast of Bromsgrove.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Clent Hills cover 440 acres of woodland and heath rising to over 1000 feet and offering panoramic views as far as the Cotswolds and Welsh borders. 

www.eastnorcastle.com

Eastnor Castle was built in the 19th century in the style of a Medieval Welsh-Border Fortress and is dramatically situated in a 5,000 acre estate in the Malvern Hills.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton

The Brockhampton Estate features 1,000 acres of farmland and 700 acres of mixed woodland and has a rich variety of wildlife and miles of walks through park and woodland.

www.harvingtonhall.com

Harvington Hall is a medieval and Elizabethan moated manor house built in the 1590s and featuring seven secret priet holes (the most of any house in the country) and many rare wall paintings.  it also features four chapels and small charming gardens.

www.bammot.org.uk

Wythall Transport Museum has one of the largest collections of preserved buses in the UK and is open on Saturdays and Sundays March to November.

www.brinebath.co.uk

Droitwich Brine Baths are a natural health spa with unique spa waters with saturation of 30% natural mineral salts.  Full spa facilities and therapy treatments.  Unique and relaxing experience.

www.avoncroft.org.uk

At Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings you can walk into buildings from many different periods from a 16th century Merchant's House from Bromsgrove to a 19th century Toll Keeper's House from Little Malvern. 

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Hanbury Hall is a homely William & Mary style house with magnificent staircase murals and a beautiful restored 18th century formal garden, set up 400 acres of parkland.

www.spetchleygardens.co.uk

A lovely 30-acre garden with formal and informal gardens, woodland and herbaceous.   

www.bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

Set in three steep-sided valleys wth a mile long drive winding through undulating countryside.  Bodenham Arboretum has 2,700 different species set around a large pool.  Beautiful at any time of year.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/witleycourt

Witley Court is a vast, rambling ruin is all that's left of this once-palatial 19th century mansion, set in still-magnificent landscaped gardens.  Great walks and the beautiful Great Witley Church is nearby with its Italianate Baroque interior.

www.bridgnorthcliffrailway.co.uk

This remarkable Bridgnorth Cliff Railway is a funicular railway.  It's the oldest and steepest inland electric cliff railway iin the country.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Clun Castle is a Welsh Border Norman Castle.  It's tall keep us unusually set on the side of its mound at a dramatic riverside location.

www.stokesaycourt.com

Stokesay Court is a magnificent late-Victorian mansion set within extensive grounds in the rolling green countryside of South Shropshire.

www.ironbridge.org.uk

Historic Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Dudmaston Hall is a late 17th century mansion with art collection, lakeside garden and estate near Bridgnorth.

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Towns & Villages

Ludlow
A good base with great restaurants and an excellent castle. 

Tewkesbury
Bring your Wellingtons, this pretty river town is famous for flooding.

Bewdley
This riverside town is a good jumping-off point for the driving roads to the west. 

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Car Activities

Shelsey Walsh
At the heart of some great driving roads, Shelsley is another fantastic hillclimb venue. 

Royal Forest Route
Directions and guide for this 20-mile circular driving route through the Forest of Dean. 

Morgan Motors
Take a factory tour of one of Britain’s last independent motor manufacturers. 

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Gardens & Houses

Witley Court
Expansive gardens and some great fountains.

Tintern Abbey
At the end of a great driving route along the River Wye.  Looks great on late summer evenings.

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Walks & Views

The west of our region is about serious views and – in general – tough walking. 

Malvern Hills
Visible for miles, they split the valley views to the east and rugged hills to the west. 

Clee Hills
Brown Clee Hill and Titterston Clee Hill are great bleak lumps to the north of the Malverns and on the roads to Ludlow. 

Forest of Dean
The Forest has a reputation for playing by its own rules.  Enter a world slightly different from the one you left behind.

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Useful sites

Some useful sites are:

www.visitforestofdean.co.uk
www.malvern-hills.co.uk
www.worcestershire-tourism.org