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Worcester Local Area Guide

Steeped in history and culture with its array of independent shops, fantastic transport links, countryside walks and stunning properties to suit all requirements, Worcester has an impressive offering for potential buyers. Located along the River Severn and nestled between Cheltenham and Birmingham just off the M5, Worcester’s bustling city centre and community spirit make it a prime spot.

History of Worcester

It’s no secret that Worcester has a rich history with Worcester Cathedral dating back to 1084 which during the Anglo-Saxon era put the area on the map as it was home to one of the most iconic monastic cathedrals in England. After surviving the collapse of the central tower in 1175 and suffering damage during the English Civil War, it still stands tall above the city making it a landmark for residents and visitors alike. This captivating medieval history is just one part of Worcester’s fascinating heritage as it’s also renowned for its glove-making in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as tapestry from Roman times.

Points of Interest in Worcester

Each pocket of Worcester has something unique to offer. From Northwick with its tranquil views and riverside properties, Spetchley which is home to sprawling gardens and Barbourne’s beautiful Victorian buildings, there truly is something for everyone with many amnesties on your doorstep.

For relaxing walks there are plenty of parks and outdoor spaces to explore. From Gheluvelt Park dedicated to those who lost their lives in the First World War, Worcester Riverside Park which spreads across 80 hectares, and the Greyfriars House and Garden National Trust Site, these special landscaped areas provide a wonderful day out. If you’re searching for an adventure Worcestershire Beacon is 1,400 feet above sea level, the highest point of the Malvern Hills which makes the panoramic views worth the climb.

As for avid shoppers or when you’re looking for a unique gift, Crowngate Shopping Centre features well-known High Street brands, or take a browse around Reindeer Court, The Gallery and Friar Street for independent retailers selling jewellery, clothing and scrumptious fresh food. Other notable places to visit include the Transport Museum Wythall, Hanbury Hall and one of Worcestershire’s most visited attraction the Severn Valley Railway. Not to mention the Museum of Royal Worcester, dedicated to Royal Worcester Porcelain one of the oldest remaining English porcelain brands dating back to 1751.

Transport options

Conveniently located on the M5 and accessed at Junction 6 Worcester North and Junction 7 Worcester South, Worcester is within easy reach of Tewkesbury, Kidderminster and Stratford-Upon-Avon making it centrally located for commuters. For train travel, there are three stations with Worcester Foregate Street Railway Station in the city centre which is a hub for Birmingham, London, Bristol and Cardiff if working further afield. Worcester also has frequent coaches to connect the area with many UK destinations providing plenty of opportunities to explore. Impressively over 75% of homes are within a 200 meter walk from a train or bus station.

Average housing prices

In 2023 the average house price in Worcester was £284,451 with terraced properties selling for £239,943, semi-detached at £275,856 and detached homes at £418,206. With a wide variety of homes to suit from bungalows to family homes and apartments ranging from traditional and contemporary. Our portfolio features a number of homes across Worcester including Listed Buildings which the area is renowned for.

As for rented property, the average cost is £943 per month with flats at £715 and detached homes at £1,032.

Health & Safety

Voted as the 15th happiest place to call home in the United Kingdom by RightMove in 2022, Worcester is regarded as a safe place to live with lower crime rates compared to other major cities. There are low numbers of theft as a common crime with records showing a decrease year on year. With excellent hospital facilities, a 24-hour Accident and Emergency department, numerous GP Practices, Dentists, Orthodontists and Opticians there are plenty of options for health facilities.

Community Life

The beating heart of living in Worcester is its community spirit and wealth of events, clubs and businesses making it a great place to live and work. With a population of just under 140,000, this close-knit location warrants an engaging and harmonious atmosphere and a pleasing balance between work and play.

Each neighbourhood is welcoming with its dog-friendly cafes, array of restaurants and pubs and events at Worcester Racecourse, Worcester City Art Gallery, and Worcestershire County Cricket Club which has been hosting County, Test and T20 matches since 1896 as well as music concerts. All throughout the year the events calendar is brimming with different activities and multiple community clubs which cater for all. For staying active the Perdiswell Leisure Centre has undergone an impressive £10.5 million renovation and is home to an eight-lane pool, the latest gym facilities, fitness classes, and an expansive sports hall.


Providing reputable educational and schools, Worcester features both public and independent primary and secondary schools, colleges, and the highly-rated University of Worcester which spreads across four campuses with subjects ranging from healthcare to sport, media, business and law. Schools of note include Pitmatson Primary School and St Clement’s which have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and The Royal Grammar School which is the 6th oldest school in the world founded in 685 AD.
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Useful Links

Worcester City Council
Our Worcester Branch
Our Properties to Let in Worcester
Our Properties for Sale in Worcester