More than 400 years of English architecture are represented at Worcester Cathedral. Built from 1084 to 1504, you can see architectural styles ranging from Norman to Late Gothic design. Though its architecture is undoubtedly Worcester’s most distinctive feature, it is also famous for the Norman crypt underneath the cathedral.

Furthermore, it is home to the first round chapter house and extraordinary transitional Gothic bays. As you explore the cathedral, stop to investigate the intricate woodwork and craftsmanship within the building. Marvel at the elaborate carvings on the high altar, which is a religious experience in and of itself. Look up to admire the painted ceilings and the fabulous glazed East and West Windows.

History buffs should explore the cathedral to see if they can find Worcester’s most famous tombs (hint: King John and Prince Arthur Tudor are both buried here).

The entire cathedral has spectacular views over Worcester and the River Severn. For the best view, ascend the beautiful central tower. The cathedral dominates the surrounding countryside and provides sweeping views across the county. Completed for the third time in 1374, the tower boasts has breathtaking views over the city centre, the river, Malvern Hills and the surrounding countryside. See if you can spot the Pitchcroft racecourse and the county cricket ground!

Once you descend, stop by any one of the special exhibitions throughout the cathedral that tell even more about the rich history of Worcester. The building is so popular it even featured on the £20 note of the Bank of England between 1999 and 2007!

8 College Yard, Worcester, WR1 2LA
Tel: +44 (0) 1905 732 900
Times: Daily, 7.30am – 6pm