Worcestershire is a non-metropolitan county in the West Midlands of England. The cathedral city of Worcester is the largest settlement and administrative seat of the county.
Worcestershire is a mainly rural county. The Malvern Hills, which run from the south of the county into Herefordshire, are made up mainly of volcanic igneous rock some of which date from more than 1200 million years ago. The rest of the county consists of undulating hills and farmland, in which the Severn valley cuts through. Several woodlands are located in the north of the county, while the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds run through the south.
It is claimed that the county was the inspiration for The Shire, a region of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional Middle-earth, described in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Things to do
Take a walk on top of the Malvern Hills and take in the magnificent views across the Severn Valley, Herefordshire and across to the Black Mountains in wales on a clear day. There are also many country parks including Waseley Hills, Worcester Woods, Kingsford Forest Park, Blackstone Riverside Park and the Clent Hills (National Trust).
Hanbury Hall and Gardens, discover the fascinating history of the key five generations of the family as you explore the house. Soak up the atmosphere in the house where you are welcome to take a seat in the sitting room and main hall.
Greyfriars, set in the heart of historic Worcester, The Greyfriars is a stunning timber-framed merchant's house where you can get away from the hustle and bustle.