With charming towns, pretty priories and grand historic houses nestled between verdant valleys, the Malverns make a unique and beautiful place to visit. These varied properties speak of the history of England dating back centuries, and boast many fine and interesting collections. The velvety folds of the Malvern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are fringed with grasses and wildflowers, providing a glorious backdrop to the elegant Victorian spa town of Great Malvern. It’s easy to see why this area has inspired literature and music for centuries.
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Pretty Great Malvern is a largely Victorian town, but its history stretches back much further. The Great Malvern Priory is a wonderfully restored, Grade-I listed building with a history beginning in 1085. It operated as a priory for over 450 years, and today is a parish church. It has many interesting architectural features, including a well-preserved collection of medieval wall tiles.
Croome Court is an 18th century, Grade-I listed mansion which lies at the heart of magnificent parkland. These grand landscapes were ‘Capability’ Brown’s first commission, and there are wonderful views over the Malverns. Croome has an eclectic and intriguing history, having served variously as a stately home, a secret wartime airbase, and as the UK headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement, before being restored by the National Trust in a project beginning in the 21st century.
Madresfield Court is an interesting and ancient moated property. Home to the Lygon family for almost 900 years, this stunning architectural masterpiece hosts fine collections of paintings and furniture, and was significant during the Arts & Crafts movement.
The recently refurbished Museum of Royal Worcester is the world’s largest collection of Worcester porcelain. The ‘Behind the Scenes’ talk provides an insight into the history of production here, via audio recordings and archives.
Hanbury Hall is an elegant William and Mary-style property nestled in the heart of rural Worcestershire. Offering a window into life at the turn of the 18th century, it is filled with wall paintings that demonstrate the birth of Georgian society. The original formal gardens designed by George London have been impeccably restored, and complement the landscaped gardens and parkland.
Hellens Manor is an ancient home dating back to the 11th century, packed with period artefacts. It boasts grand interiors, including beautiful historic textiles which have been carefully restored by volunteers from The Arts Society.
This dramatic 19th century revival castle is situated in the foothills of the Malverns. Its interiors are richly decorated with artwork and tapestries. Medieval pieces of armour and fascinating details are found within the opulent bedrooms, lavish state rooms and grand halls; its fine Gothic-style drawing room is unmissable.
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Nestled amongst the lush rolling hills and valleys of Shropshire, you’ll find idyllic villages boasting historic timber-framed buildings, a medieval castle teeming with treasures, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge – the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.
Within the undulating green hills of Warwickshire lies a wealth of English heritage. This glorious county is famed for being home to the country’s most well-renowned wordsmith, William Shakespeare.