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Visitors on a cottage holiday will be tempted to explore Malvern. At the heart of the hills famed for the pure quality of their water, the town of Malvern has seen a steady trade in visitors since Victorian times, when the healing powers of the water were discovered to economic gain. Today, many wells survive, including the original Holy Well, above Malvern Wells, and St. Ann’s well, near Great Malvern, which can still be visited. Some are ruined, others restored, and still more take a little tracking down, hidden away in the hills and valleys of this most scenic landscape. The success of the spa town saw the creation of some elegant buildings, and modern Malvern still displays a wealth of architectural delights. Some date back long before the discovery of the spa waters; Malvern Priory belongs in the eleventh century, it is a cathedral-like structure with massive Norman pillars and beautifully carved detail. The Malvern Museum is not to be missed and is now housed in the equally stunning mediaeval surroundings of the Abbey Gateway.
The breathtaking scenery and the tranquil rural landscape of the Malvern Hills has inspired and attracted artists of all disciplines throughout the years, ensuring that today’s visitor finds a thriving arts scene and a vibrant musical community inspired by its most famous son, the composer Edward Elgar. Some of the composer’s favoured haunts have been combined in a themed trail around the town; be sure to wander it to uncover some of the hidden delights of Malvern. The Malvern Theatres Complex attracts top-class performers from around the world, with dance, opera, music and theatre well represented, and with shows and performances staged throughout the year. Other creative works can be widely enjoyed in the town’s intriguing galleries and craft workshops, where everything from handcrafted jewellery to wall art can be found. Enjoy browsing the bookshops, searching for antiques or curios, or head out of town altogether and into the hills, for a host of invigorating walks and rambles. You can start right in town, simply hike uphill and out onto the Worcestershire Beacon, a superb vantage point that links up with a ridge of hills giving access to the iron-age fort known as British Camp.
From the cluster of towns and hamlets of the Malvern Hills a host of attractions can be readily enjoyed, from touring routes taking in the pretty rural villages with their famous half-timbered houses, to neighbouring towns such as Ludlow and the ‘book town’ of Hay on Wye. Visit Elgar’s birthplace near Worcester, the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory, home of the Queen’s preferred crockery, Burford House and Gardens which houses the National Clematis Collection at nearby Tenbury Wells, or, if you’re holidaying with children, the West Midlands Safari Park at Bewdley and the Severn Valley Steam Railway.
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