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Worcestershire

Worcestershire is a varied and diverse county that blends industrial and economic strength with awe-inspiring scenery and sites of key historic significance.

At the heart of England and close to motorway and rail networks and international airports at Birmingham and Bristol, the county stretches from Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Redditch in the north, through to the Vale of Evesham in the east and the Malvern Hills in the south.  At its heart is the beautiful and historic city of Worcester.

The county has a well motivated, highly skilled and healthy workforce who benefit from fantastic schools and colleges and one of the fastest growing universities in the country.

Have dinner at Armsby Abbey

It’s always a good idea to get comfortable in a city before exploring it, and what better way to do that than to eat at the city’s best restaurant? Armsby Abbey is just that in Worcester, and so much more: with 22 world-class taps and over 200 bottles, it doubles as a beer lover’s paradise. The food here is some of the best in the state, and offers many small plates, with an impressive cheese menu to add.

​Tour The EcoTarium

​Decked with science and nature exhibits, a planetarium, animals and tree canopy walkways and nature trails, the EcoTarium is well suited for visitors of all ages. This museum has a variety of exhibits for kids, although the animal exhibits and nature trails outside are intended for more mature audiences. The EcoTarium has had many former reincarnations in Worcester, and remains dedicated to its community through its many youth programs and workshops. Be sure to stop here for an interactive, educational experience.

​Worcester Historical Museum

​Since its founding as the Worcester Society of Antiquity in 1877, the Worcester Historical Museum has shifted its devotion to archaeological studies and now solely focuses on the history of the town itself. The museum’s holdings include an impressive collection of artifacts and an extensive archive, that includes Civil War era correspondences and industrial machinery; both important for a full understanding of Worcester’s past.

​Show at Mechanics Hall

​Decked with science and nature exhibits, a planetarium, animals and tree canopy walkways and nature trails, the EcoTarium is well suited for visitors of all ages. This museum has a variety of exhibits for kids, although the animal exhibits and nature trails outside are intended for more mature audiences. The EcoTarium has had many former reincarnations in Worcester, and remains dedicated to its community through its many youth programs and workshops. Be sure to stop here for an interactive, educational experience.

​Cycle the Blackstone River Bikeway

​One of the best ways to see Worcester is by bike on the Blackstone River Bikeway, one of the region’s most traveled bike paths. The Blackstone River Bikeway makes its way through Worcester and onward towards Vermont for another 48 miles, and although portions of it are often under maintenance, it still provides the best way to discover the industrial villages of days past and New England’s pretty backcountry.

​Drink at Moynagh's Tavern

​As the oldest bar in town, Moynagh’s Tavern should be the first place visitors go to grab a drink. Owned by the original owner’s son, the bar has been in operation for over 75 years, and has all of the optimal attributes of a classic dive bar. Drinks are cheap, the bartender is friendly, and yes, there is a jukebox!

​Walk Up Bancroft Tower

​Located atop Prospect Hill in Salisbury Park, Bancroft Tower offers the best vista of Worcester available on land. Dedicated to George Bancroft, a politician, statesman and writer in his time, by his dear friend Stephen Salisbury III, the tower looks like a miniature feudal estate, being made of natural stone and granite. Its spiral staircases inside are quite narrow, but are well worth the journey up to attain the fantastic view.

​Green Hill Park

​With over 480 acres of grass and lake, Green Hill Park is Worcester’s biggest and most popular park. Containing two ponds, a zoo, a playground, a little league diamond and a golf course, it’s easy to see why this park is one of the town’s favorite meeting places, especially in warm weather. Come here for a stroll about the grounds, a quick pick-me-up game of basketball, or a picnic enjoyed on one of the ponds’ shores.

​American Antiquarian Society

​As any American history scholar could tell you, their lives would be immensely more difficult if it weren’t because of the American Antiquarian Society. Specializing in everything ever printed up until 1876, the collection housed at this library borderlines on being ridiculous for its size and scope! Founded by publisher Isaiah Thomas in 1812, the library soon swelled to over 20 miles of shelves, holding over 3 million items. Come for a tour and witness an essential resource that keeps America’s history both safe and intact.

​Wormtown Brewery

​The Wormtown Brewery is one of Shrewsbury Street’s most popular stops, especially in the heat of summer. What could be better than one of their gold medal-winning beers on a sunny afternoon tour of Worcester? Few moments in life get better than this, especially to conclude a trip of the city. What’s better is that this brewery is a real heartfelt commitment to place; a labor of love to Worcester created by the owners.

​Worcestershire Fun Facts

​FACT #1

​After Boston, Massachusetts, Worcester is the next largest city in the state.

​FACT #2

​A heart is used as the symbol of this city because Worcester is referred to as being the heart of the commonwealth.

​FACT #3

​Worcester was originally inhabited by the Pakachoag Indians. These Native Americans called the area Quinsigamond. In their language Quinsigamond meant a great place to fish for pickerel.

​FACT #4

​The English settled in Worcester in 1673. This first settlement only contained a few homes. During the King Philip’s War in December of 1675 the homes were burned and the inhabitants were either left dead or they were run off. In 1684 more settlers came here and they petitioned to change the name of the settlement.

​FACT #5

​Worcester was incorporated in 1722 and given the name of a historic township in England.

​FACT #6

​Worcester was an important munitions depot during the revolutionary war.

​FACT #7

​Worcester was a major contributor to the Industrial Revolution in the United States because of their innovation in commerce and industry.

​FACT #8

​The first American valentine cards were designed by a woman in Worcester named Esther Howland.

​FACT #9

​Worcester is home to the oldest musical festival held in the United States.

​FACT #10

​Worcester was the home of Worcester State Insane Asylum Hospital where the first established treatments for mental illness were used in the United States.