Historic towns & villages
All with independent cafes, vintage and new boutiques and antique shops to discover.
Driving tour guides of the delightful Black & White villages of the beautiful and historic area are available at reception.
Great Malvern Priory & Museum
Great Malvern Priory is a stunning grade I listed building where you can see the Norman nave, fine collection of mediaeval glass, the burial site of Annie Darwin and much more. The Priory Gatehouse is now home to Malvern museum crammed full of fascinating artefacts from the town’s past. You can learn about how the hills were formed, medieval life in Malvern and the history of the water cure, which made Malvern a famous spa town in Victorian times. Both are open for visitors.
Upton-upon-Severn (6 miles)
A gentle riverside town, good for a riverside walk or a river trip. The town hosts lively events each year including Upton Jazz festival, Folk festival, Blues festival and Water Festivals.
Ledbury (7 miles)Ledbury is a medieval market town. It has a significant number of timber-framed structures, in particular along Church Lane and High Street. It is buzzing with independent boutiques, shops, cafes.
Tewkesbury (12 miles)
Tewkesbury is a historic market town. Tewkesbury Abbey is nearly 900 years and renowned for its fine Norman tower, ornate 12th Century ceiling and stunning stained glass windows. The Abbey is one of Gloucestershire's most popular tourist attractions. Also worth visiting Tewkesbury Battlefield Commemorative Sculptures.
Worcester (12 miles)
Worcester is a beautiful Cathedral and University City with a fascinating history of industry, a wealth of interesting architecture – even the Visitor’s Centre is a stunning Grade 1 listed building. Attractions include the Cathedral, renowned Worcester Porcelain, the piquant Worcestershire Sauce, Art Gallery and cricket ground.
Cheltenham (24 miles)
Cheltenham is a lovely Regency town and the home of jump racing and the Cheltenham racecourse. Cheltenham is great for shopping, art galleries and museums including the composer: Holst birthplace museum.
Tenbury Wells (24 miles)
Tenbury Wells is a small ancient market town, famous The Pump rooms and the quaint 16th century Tenbury Bridge. The Pump Rooms were built in 1862 to promote the town as a spa for the working classes and is now a Grade II* listed building for its unique, distinctive architecture and historic value. Tenbury Bridge, with its bend in the middle, crosses the Teme river at one end of the main street and is considered to be the gateway to the town.
Stratford-Upon-Avon (35 miles)
A medieval market town, Stratford-upon-Avon is the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Possibly the most famous writer in the English language, Shakespeare is known for his sonnets and plays such as 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Hamlet'. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs his plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and adjacent Swan Theatre on the banks of the River Avon. Bring Shakespeare in Love to Life!
Black & White Village driving tour (Starting point: Leominster 25 miles)
The Black & White Villages of North-West Herefordshire and the market towns of Leominster and Kington contain hundreds of timber framed buildings of great age. Their churches too, remind us of the long history of the area containing records of people and events going back to Domesday and beyond.
Drive tour guides available at reception