Great Malvern is a Victorian Water Cure Town, approximately 8 miles (13 km) south-west of the city of Worcester, on the eastern slopes of the ancient Malvern Hills. The Malvern Hills Area was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1959. The designation covers 105 square kilometres and includes parts of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

Things to do and see

Walking, trekking and cycling on the Hills

The Malvern Hills are an excellent destination for walkers of all ages and abilities, whether you are interested in a gentle stroll or an energetic trek. The Malvern Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) has designed 7 discovery walks around the Hills.

There is a long distance trail known as the Worcestershire Way that has its finishing point in Great Malvern. The trail runs 31 miles (50 km) from Bewdley to Great Malvern.

The Hills also offers excellent cycling opportunities and are popular with mountain bikers. It is advised to stick to bridleways and respect other users. The Malvern Hills AONB website provides Onroad Cycle Routes maps and Leaflets for cyclists (visit link below).

Useful external links:

Walking and cycling map in the Malvern Hills. Source: Worcestershire County Council.
Malvern Hills AONB
Long Distance Walkers Association
The Official Malvern Tourist Information
All about Malvern Hills
BBC article about Malvern Walks
Walking World

Bird Watching

The Malvern Hills provide excellent opportunities for bird watching. The variety of habitats to be found on and around the Hills attracts birds as diverse as Ravens, Linnets and Buzzards all the year round, Redstarts, Turtle Doves and Pied Flycatchers in summer and even Snow Buntings from time to time in winter.

Hang Gliding

This sport takes off from Pinnacle Hill above Gardiners. The Malvern Hang Gliding Club regulates this activity.

Places to visit

St Ann’s Well. St Ann’s Well Café is situated on the eastern slopes of the Malvern Hills, above Great Malvern. The building dates back to 1813 and houses an elaborately carved Sicilian marble spout and basin and the St Ann’s Well Café.

Morgan Motor Company. For over 100 years the Morgan Motor Company have been making sports cars in Malvern. The factory offers guided tours, visits to their on-site museum or weekend sports car hire.

Eastnor Castle. Eastnor Castle is a fairytale Georgian Castle dramatically situated in the Malvern Hills. Beautifully restored interiors containing medieval armour, tapestries and fine art.

The Worcestershire Golf Club. The private Club, established in 1879, welcomes visitors to visit and play golf.

The Three Counties Showground. The Three Counties is home to the Three Counties Agricultural Society. They provide events throughout the year (Spring Gardening Show, the Royal Three Counties Show and the Malvern Autumn Show…), and host a full range of trade and business exhibitions, equestrian and canine shows, sales, fairs and rallies.

Sir Edward Edgar Birthplace Museum. Situated in Elgar’s Beloved Countryside, the 19th century cottage houses has a unique collection of photographs, manuscripts and personal memorabilia of one of England’s greatest composers.

Great Malvern train Station is famous for its ornate Victorian ironwork.

Gas Lamps in Malvern. Malvern is famous for still having many (over 80) working gas lamps. There are gas lamps in Great Malvern Town Centre (on Belle Vue Island) and in the Priory Churchyard, in Malvern Wells along the Wells Road (A449) and Holywell Road (walking distance from Ivy Cottage), and in West Malvern. Malvern’s gas lamps feature in C. S. Lewis’s “Narnia” stories as a result of him attending Malvern College as a schoolboy.

Malvern Theatres (Cinema, Theatre and Concert Hall). The Malvern Theatres provide top class and wide range of artistic performances throughout the year.

The Theatre of Small Convenience. Transformed from an old Victorian Gentleman’s lavatory, the Theatre of Small Convenience is the smallest theatre in the world (building), in the Guinness Book of Records 2002.

The Malvern Splash Leisure Complex has a 25m Leisure Pool including wave machine and fitness suite.

Clives Food Farm. Family run fruit farm & farm shop. Children’s play area & wildlife trail. PYO (inc. free range eggs).

Upton upon Severn is a lively town by the River Severn with many festivals such as the Upton Jazz Festival.

Visit Malvern Tourist Information to find out more about Malvern attractions.