The Commandery has exciting stories to tell you about, power, greed, war, wealth, romance, death, society and industry. Step back in time to catch a glimpse of the lively characters that have inhabited this ancient building during the past seven centuries.
Using audio interpretation and on site interpreters, The Commandery's long hidden history comes vividly to life, allowing you to explore 6 chosen periods, enjoying the characters and the atmosphere of the buildings colourful past.
The new Worcester Civil War Story is a new permanent exhibition that sweeps visitors back over 350 years into a murky, conflicted 17th century Worcester of fiery debates, the smell of gunpowder and dank city streets.
Worcester is the city where the English Civil War began and ended, from the initial skirmish at Powick in 1642 to the final clash between Royalists and Parliamentarians in the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
Extravagant murals conjure up a world of Royalist decadence, with original objects on display and portraits of fascinating 17th century characters.
There are opportunities to master the Parliamentarians' tactical techniques on a battlefield strategy interactive, uncover stories of families torn apart by war and come face to face with the death mask of Oliver Cromwell.
The Presidents' Rooms bring to life an 18th century Georgian parlour, in memory of the important visit in 1786 of senators John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Worcester's Fort Royal Hill. Such is the importance of Worcester's story, that the future second and third Presidents of the US stood overlooking The Commandery and proclaimed that "this is holy ground, much holier than that on which your churches stand. All England should come in Pilgrimage to this Hill, once a Year."
Civil War City trails will take visitors further afield to discover the final resting place of the Duke of Hamilton in Worcester Cathedral, the musket ball marks on Powick Church and more Civil War stories that have left their marks across the city.
Guided Walking Tour
A very friendly and welcoming Tourist Information Centre, and a fascinating permanent local history exhibition.
Set in the heart of historic Worcester, The Greyfriar's is a stunning timber-framed merchant’s house.
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.
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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