Worcester Cathedral, Worcester

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#1 of 17 in Historic Sites in Worcestershire
History and beauty combine at Worcester Cathedral, built over a period of over four centuries, starting in 1084. The cathedral represents every style of English architecture, from Norman to Perpendicular Gothic. Noted for its Norman crypt and unique chapter house, the cathedral also features unusual Transitional Gothic bays, fine woodwork, and an iconic central tower. The cathedral contains the tomb of King John who, before his death in 1216, specifically requested to be buried here, between the shrines of St. Wulstan and St. Oswald (which no longer exist). Guided historical tours are offered year round, which you can book online or at the cathedral’s Chapter Office. By using our Worcester road trip planning website , you can arrange your visit to Worcester Cathedral and other attractions in Worcester.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Loved the evensongs with the 3 choirs during the festival. Magnificent building with Elgar links & gerontius window.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    It does not have the grandeur of the great English cathedrals (Salisbury, Ely, Lincoln for example) but merits a visit to soak up its architecture and the historical role it has played in the city. Of...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Lots to look at, good exhibition on history of the building and on magne carta. Cafe is excellent and good value.  more »
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  • Thoroughly special construction with magnificent architecture. Only recently did I graduate from the University only to find out the ceremonies were held there. I arrived a little tentative but the ceremony was marvelous and a real credit to the staff. The organs' acoustics in the cathedral are great and the building is spacious enough easily to accommodate huge numbers of guests for any special occasion. The foliage outside makes a nice break from the high street and with the cathedrals position close to the river it can be admired from miles around. Overall I cannot think of a better place to graduate and feel proud to say that the cathedral hosts ceremonies in such a prestigious way.
  • A beautiful building both inside and out. You can visit underneath the building to see some of the oldest parts dating back hundreds of years. I also can't recommend enough going up to main bell tower to see some of the best vistas of the area.
  • Wonderful, welcoming, atmospheric place, and free to get in. Also benefitted from an organ recital, fantastic !!
  • Lovely cathedral! Very decorative with beautiful chapels and cloisters. Staff are very helpful. At Christmas they have a Christmas tree festival with beautifully decorated Christmas trees from local organisations, well worth a look.
  • Ornate and impressive. FInal resting place of king John.

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