Worcester is the capital city of the County of Worcestershire and lies beside the River Severn some 25 miles from the Cotswolds village of Broadway. The city's fortunes were based on glove making, pottery manufacture (Royal Worcester Porcelain), salmon fisheries (long gone), and the famous Worcestershire sauce.
At its centre the magnificent cathedral dominates the skyline on the banks of the River Severn. The early twelfth century Chapter House, St Wulstan's Crypt and the mediaeval cloisters are among the most remarkable in the country, and King John's tomb in the Cathedral dates from 1216. The civil war inflicted terrible damage on the city which was first in declaring support for King Charles I and the last to surrender to Cromwell in 1646. In the second civil war it was the final battle in 1651 at Worcester that finally defeated Charles II.
Three minutes walk takes you to the famous Royal Worcester Porcelain site and its museum, factory and café. Also nearby, the mediaeval Friar Street includes restaurants and bars in the original timbered buildings, and the Greyfriars, a merchant's house built in 1480 next to a Franciscan Friary, is now a National Trust property