REASONS TO VISIT

There are many great reasons to visit The Talbot and our unique location makes us a great base to explore the local areas and attractions across the Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire counties.

 

 

Local Information

When you book a stay with us, we can, on request, send a pack of leaflets showing the wide variety of things to do and places to visit in the surrounding area. These leaflets can also be found in the Hotel Reception.

The Teme Valley Tour is an ideal way to explore the area, taking in some of the most attractive countryside and prettiest towns and villages in the Heart of England.

HEREFORD CATHEDRAL

Hereford Cathedral lies in the centre of the city of Hereford, which was first granted a royal charter by King Richard I in 1189.

The beautiful River Wye runs through the city, which has a population of nearly 60,000 and is easily accessible by road and rail.

GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL

Gloucester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the River Severn.

It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter.

WORCESTER CATHEDRAL

Worcester Cathedral, is an Anglican cathedral in Worcester, England, situated on a bank overlooking the River Severn. It is the seat of the Bishop of Worcester.

Its official name is the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin, of Worcester.

LUDLOW CASTLE

Ludlow Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in the town of the same name in the English county of Shropshire, standing on a promontory overlooking the River Teme. The castle was probably founded by Walter de Lacy after the Norman conquest and was one of the first stone castles to be built in England.

BROMYARD AND THE DOWNS

Bromyard Downs is situated above the market town of Bromyard, in the north west of Herefordshire and is easily accessible from the larger towns of Worcester and Hereford along the A44.

The majority of the Downs are registered common land and open access.

 WEST MIDLANDS SAFARI PARK

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park is a safari park located in Bewdley in Worcestershire, England. It was opened under the name of West Midland Safari Park in spring 1973.

SEVERN VALLEY STEAM RAILWAY

The Severn Valley Railway is a heritage railway in Shropshire and Worcestershire, England. The 16-mile heritage line runs along the Severn Valley from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, crossing the Shropshire/Worcestershire border, following the course of the River Severn for much of its route.

WORCESTER RACECOURSE

Worcester Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in the city of Worcester, Worcestershire, England.

Horse racing has taken place here since at least 1718. It staged Flat racing until 1966 but has since staged National Hunt racing only.

THE MALVERN HILLS

The Malvern Hills are a range of hills in the English counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and a small area of northern Gloucestershire, dominating the surrounding countryside and the towns and villages of the district of Malvern.

WITLEY COURT, GARDENS AND CHURCH

Witley Court, Great Witley, Worcestershire, England is a ruined Italianate mansion. Built for the Foleys in the seventeenth century on the site of a former manor house, it was enormously expanded in the early nineteenth century by the architect John Nash for Thomas Foley, 3rd Baron Foley.

 

TENBURY WELLS AND PUMP ROOMS

Tucked away at the end of Teme Street, (just behind the Crow Hotel and adjacent to the car park by the Burgage), the Pump Rooms is a distinctive and unusual part of the history of Tenbury Wells. Built in 1862 to promote the town as a spa for the working classes, the building is now Grade II* Listed and totally unique.

THE THREE CHOIRS VINEYARD

This is England, but not as you know her. Vines rustle here instead of oak leaves. There are no ancient castles, but our historic vineyards still have stories to tell.

THERE COUNTIES SHOWGROUND

The Three Counties Showground is a showground site covering 90 acres, owned by the Three Counties Agricultural Society. The first show at the site was held in 1958 and was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

SHELSLEY WALSH HILL CLIMB

The Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb is a hillclimb in Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire, England, organised by the Midland Automobile Club. It is one of the oldest motorsport events in the world, and is in fact the oldest to have been staged continuously on its original course, first having been run in 1905.

KYRE PARK GARDENS

Kyre Park lies on the west side of the B4214 Tenbury Wells to Bromyard road, c 5km south-east of the former and 9km north of the latter. The house, and its home farm complex, adjoin the parish church of St Mary, with views west across the pleasure grounds and north, across the valley of the Kyre Brook, to Kyre’s ancient deer park.

THE ELGAR BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM

We often feel closest to Elgar when we listen to his music, but to know the world in which he walked is to colour our image of him further. To stand within the four walls of the humble cottage where he was born is to be immersed in a world that Elgar believed already contained music that was there for the taking.

We are within easy reach of many other regional attractions:

All are within approx 45 – 60 minutes drive. If you require more information, please contact us.

BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

Symphony Hall is a 2,262 seat concert venue in Birmingham, England. It was officially opened by the Queen on 12 June 1991, although it had been in use since 15 April 1991. It is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and hosts around 270 events a year.

CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE

Cheltenham Racecourse at Prestbury Park, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, hosts National Hunt horse racing.

NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE

The NEC is the UK’s largest event space and home to your favourite shows.
Over 40 years’ experience hosting the UK’s best events
Discover exciting events for every passion and interest
Centrally located venue at the heart of the country

ARENA BIRMINGHAM

Utilita Arena Birmingham is an indoor arena and sporting venue in central Birmingham, United Kingdom. It is owned by parent company the NEC Group. When it was opened in 1991, it was the largest indoor arena in the UK.

BIRMINGHAM THEATRES

Birmingham is an important centre for theatre in the United Kingdom. The earliest known performances in the city were medieval pageants and miracle plays.

 

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands, is the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Possibly the most famous writer in the English language, Shakespeare is known for his sonnets and plays such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Hamlet’.

Walking

The Talbot is the ideal location for keen walkers, and also those who fancy a bit of fresh air and exercise.

We are situated on The Worcestershire Way, The Three Choirs Way, and The Geopark Way, 3 of the Midlands’ most popular long-distance paths, and there are lots of circular walks ranging in length from 1 hour to the whole day.

If you are walking one of these longer routes, we can collect you from a pre-arranged meeting point at the end of the day, and return you there after breakfast the following morning. Our collection offer is free of charge when staying for 2 or more nights, and subject to a small fee when staying for 1 night.

The Talbot is the ideal location for keen walkers, and also those who fancy a bit of fresh air and exercise.

We are situated on The Worcestershire Way, The Three Choirs Way, and The Geopark Way, 3 of the Midlands’ most popular long-distance paths, and there are lots of circular walks ranging in length from 1 hour to the whole day.

If you are walking one of these longer routes, we can collect you from a pre-arranged meeting point at the end of the day, and return you there after breakfast the following morning. Our collection offer is free of charge when staying for 2 or more nights, and subject to a small fee when staying for 1 night.

The Worcestershire Way

The Worcestershire Way is a 32-mile-walk from the Georgian riverside town of Bewdley, through the villages of Abberley and Martley, to Great Malvern, a Victorian Spa town on the side of the Malvern Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Some places of interest on the route include the 161 foot tall Abberley Clock Tower, which can be seen from 6 counties, the delightful Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, and Birchwood Common, where Sir Edward Elgar was inspired to write much of his music, and the British Camp and Iron Age Hill Fort. The terrain is best described as challenging in places.

The Three Choirs Way

The Three Choirs Way is a 95-mile circular route between Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester, through hop-yards, vineyards, and orchards, with a theme linking the walk to the ancient music festivals celebrated annually for over 300 years in the three cities’ cathedrals.

The rivers Severn, Wye, Teme and Lugg are crossed, as are the Marcle and Malvern Ridges, and the Suckley Hills. Time permitting, it is well worth scheduling a visit to the 3 cathedrals.

Gloucester Cathedral is most recognised as a location in three of the Harry Potter films. It also has a stained glass window depicting golf dating from 1350; 300 years earlier than the first Scottish images!

Hereford Cathedral is a Grade I Listed Building dating from 1079, and is dedicated to St Ethelbert, the King who was beheaded by Offa, King of Mercia, in 792. Its most famous treasure is the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the 13th century.

We will have all carried a picture of Worcester Cathedral around with us at some point as the west façade appeared, along with a portrait of Sir Edward Elgar, on the reverse of £20.00 note issued by The Bank of England between 1999 and 2007. Dating back to 1084, Worcester Cathedral was doubtless spared destruction by Henry VIII during the English Reformation because his older brother, Arthur Tudor, is buried there.

The Geopark Way

Opened in 2009, the Geopark Way is the newest and least known of the long distance paths that pass The Talbot.

This 109-mile-walk takes you through the counties of ShropshireHerefordshireWorcestershire and Gloucestershire, and is inspired by dramatic landscapes and geology; a fascinating story of continental collisions, shallow tropical seas, hot deserts, tropical swamps, coastal lagoons, ice sheets and polar deserts.

Starting in Bridgenorth, it winds its way through the 4 counties to the City of Gloucester.

RESERVATIONS

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Monday:  8am - 10pm

Tuesday:  8am - 10pm

Wednesday:  8am - 10pm

Thursday:  8am - 10pm

Friday:  8am - 11pm

Saturday:  8am - 11pm

Sunday:  8am - 10pm

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Wednesday:  8am - 8pm

Thursday:  8am - 8pm

Friday:  8am - 8pm

Saturday:  8am - 8pm

Sunday:  8am - 8pm

The Talbot,
Knightwick,
Worcester
WR6 5PH

info@the-talbot.co.uk

01886 821235