Harvington Hall is an Elizabethan moated manor house with rare wall paintings and the greatest surviving series of priests' hiding places in the country. The charming walled gardens run down to the moat and surround the Malt House Visitor Centre and Georgian Chapel. There is a full list of events on the Hall's website including Living History weekends and outdoor plays. The Hall has a charming Moatside Tea Room serving refreshments, light lunches and homemade cakes and a gift shop selling unusual and Fair Trade gifts.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Video in visitor centre
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Mar & Oct & BHs, Wed-Sun 11.30-4.30; Apr-Sep, Wed-Sun 11.30-5. Closed Good Fri & occasionally for a function
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About the area
Worcestershire is a county of rolling hills, save for the flat Vale of Evesham in the east and the prominent spine of the Malverns in the west. Nearly all of the land is worked in some way; arable farming predominates – oilseed rape, cereals and potatoes – but there are concentrated areas of specific land uses, such as market gardening and plum growing.
Worcester is the county town, and home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, which has what some regard as the most attractive grounds in the country, in a delightful setting with views of Worcester Cathedral. The Malverns, Great and Little, set on the slopes of the Malvern Hills, are renowned for their refinement. Great Malvern, terraced on its hillside site, came to prominence as a genteel spa for well-to-do Victorians, rivalling the likes of Bath, Buxton and Cheltenham with its glorious surroundings.
Sir Edward Elgar was a Worcester man, and his statue stands on the High Street, facing the cathedral. The cottage where he was born is now a museum and he is commemorated on the £20 note. Other notable Worcestershire figures include poet A E Housman, chocolate magnate George Cadbury; and Lea and Perrins, inventors of Worcestershire sauce.
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