Worcester area guide
Worcester is a relatively small city, with a population of less than 100,000, which gives it a nice relaxed atmosphere. Situated on the banks of the River Severn, much of the city is given over to green space in the form of nature reserves and parklands. Within easy reach of M5 junctions six and seven and with two mainline railway stations, commuting outside of the city is easy.
Worcester’s high street is going from strength to strength with a wide range of high street stores and smaller independents. There are numerous restaurants and pubs throughout the city, many with stunning views of the local waterways. The city is dominated by its stunning cathedral.
There is a good choice of schooling in the local area, with a number of ‘good’ state schools and some exemplary public schools nearby.
Leisure and pleasure
There are many parks, play areas and green spaces to enjoy within the city; Gheluvelt Park was named in the top three parks across the country in 2015. There are eight sites designated as Local Nature Reserves, and the stunning Malvern Hills are on the city’s doorstep.
Entertainment options include; two live music and drama venues, Worcester Racecourse, premiership rugby team Worcester Warriors, and a first-class county cricket side.
Worcestershire boasts a relatively low unemployment rate with high UK migration into the area.
The region is recognised as a strategically strong location due to its position on the motorway network. To the east of the city, the Worcester Growth Corridor (including Worcester SIX), development is forecast to bring 6,800 jobs to the area by 2024.
Junctions six and seven of the M5 provide easy commuting to the North or South West. This puts Birmingham Airport within an hour’s reach.
There are two railway stations providing services to Birmingham, Cheltenham, Gloucester, London and the West Country. GWR has added a two-hour service from Worcester to London Paddington into its timetables for 2018, and plans to increase services to the capital to two per hour.