Worcestershire is located in the West Midlands region of England and its boundaries have been adjusted many times over the years. The county has seen many battles in its history, dating back to the 7th century and including the Battle of Evesham (where Simon de Montfort was killed in 1265), the Battle of Powick Bridge in 1642 (the first major battle of the English Civil War) and the Battle of Worcester between Oliver Cromwell’s army and the cavaliers of King Charles II that concluded it 9 years later.
In the Middle Ages Worcestershire was known for its wool trade, but later became involved in the manufacture of gloves, carpets, needles, springs, hooks and pottery. Worcestershire is also the home to the world’s oldest continually published newspaper (Berrow’s Journal), which was established in 1690.
There are many attractions in Worcestershire including: West Midland Safari and Leisure Park in Bewdley, Snowshill Manor in Broadway, Droitwich Spa Heritage Centre, Windmill Hill Nature Reserve in Evesham, Worcestershire County Museum in Kidderminster and the Malvern Museum. In the town of Worcester there is the Cathedral, which many consider to be the most important landmark. Work on the current building began in 1084 and its chapter house is the only circular one in the country. The tomb of King John is also located at this cathedral.
Worcester is also the home of ‘Royal Worcester Porcelain’ the oldest remaining English pottery brand still in existence. The Worcester Porcelain Museum has the world’s largest collection of Worcester porcelain, with some collections dating back to 1751.
There is a wide and varied selection of entertainment available in Worcestershire, which includes Theatres, Cinemas, Nightclubs and Pubs.
Restaurants also offer a good choice of different cuisines, such as the Restaurant at Brockencote Hall in Chaddesley Corbett (French and European), The Glasshouse in Worcester (English), Prezzo in Bromsgrove (Italian), Rajdoot in Cutnall Green (Indian) and many more.
There are many hotels in Worcestershire like the Cotford Hotel in Malvern, the Dormy House Hotel in Broadway and the Premier Inn in Worcester. You can also find Guest Houses, B&Bs, self catering apartments and camping sites.
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