• Sit down and enjoy the home-like atmosphere
• Discover how The Greyfriar’s was saved from demolition
• See how the house has changed over the centuries
• Explore the delightful walled garden
• Trails available for children every day
Greyfriar’s is a Late Medieval merchant's house, rescued from demolition, in Worcester city centre. It was built in 1480 by a wealthy merchant, it became a home to wealthy families up until the 17th century and in 1699 a baker purchased the lease and divided the house into two. It became a mixture of homes, shops and businesses for next 200 years. Trade varied and included clothing, hats, bread, leather goods, umbrellas and china riveting. Over the years buildings were added and extended including 10 cottages in the back yard.
But as the fortunes locally declined from the 1700s it was threatened with demolition in the 1930s along with the row of 10 houses in Georges Yard behind. This black and white timber-framed house was rescued from demolition after the Second World War and has been carefully restored and refurbished with a walled garden designed and created by the Matley-Moores recycling and using materials from the demolished cottages. The Matley-Mooores were two siblings who remained Greyfriar’s tenants until their deaths in the 1980s. The care of Greyfriar’s was transferred to the National Trust in 1966.
Guided Walking Tour
A very friendly and welcoming Tourist Information Centre, and a fascinating permanent local history exhibition.
Church or religious building
The Vestry of St. Peter's church is dedicated to the memory of Edward Winslow who was baptised here in 1595.
A glorious Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th century.
Situated on one of the most historic streets in Worcester this 16th century timber framed building brings a vanished Worcester back to life.
Pilgrim Edward Winslow was educated at King’s School Worcester, which is situated in the Cathedral precinct and was at the time run by the Cathedral.
Diglis House Hotel
Diglis House Hotel offers 1st class accommodation in the most unique riverbank location in Worcester City. Our Worcester City centre hotel has 28 rooms offering comfort and individuality alongside the convenience of easy access to all Worcester City has to offer.
Stanbrook Abbey Hotel
Once a historic monastery offering silence and spiritual direction, now a modern hotel with a beautiful collection of 55 bedrooms
The Wood Norton
The Wood Norton is a beautifully crafted hotel built by the Duc D'Orleans, exiled French Royalty in 1897. It now offers fifty rooms including five spectacular suites, a restaurant using the finest local produce, contemporary bar and alfresco dining terrace, sumptuous private dining, as well as extensive grounds and formal gardens. The Wood Norton is a stunning destination for a fabulous country break.
The University of Worcester offers you a choice of venues. Our brand new City Campus is ideal for those who want to stay in the very heart of the city. Or you can relax at St John's leafy campus, set in 40 acres and just an easy walk or bus ride to the city centre. Whichever you choose you'll be assured a warm welcome.
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