Founded in 1085, Malvern Priory is pretty remarkable. Here you’ll find the best collection of stained glass after York Minster. Not only that, but this church contains the best-preserved collection of medieval wall tiles in England, some bearing the date 1453, which are displayed on the wall behind the high altar. The Priory is also where many concerts are held.
You’ll encounter the Malvern Museum in what was once a 16th century Benedictine priory gatehouse. Contained here are many interesting exhibits with the displays divided into separate, themed, areas: the Medieval Room, the Victorian Room, the Twentieth Century Room, the Gatehouse, the Water Cure Room, the Malvern Hills Room and the Staircase Gallery, which celebrates Malvern's scientific heritage.
Visit the Tourist Information Centre and pick up a copy of the Gas Lamp Trail. This will aid you in an unusual pursuit – searching out Malvern’s many traditional gas lamps. There are more than eighty such lamps – all working – which can be seen in the town centre, the priory churchyard and Malvern Wells among other places.
Malvern Theatres is considered a key centre for the arts and plays host to the Malvern Festivals as well as big names like The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre.
But don’t miss the Priory Park Gardens, which adjoin the theatre, a lovely area complete with bandstand, where you can sit and relax.
If you plan to walk the Malvern Hills, you’ll not be disappointed as the area has some impressive views and many footpaths to follow. There are routes for beginners as well as for walkers with more experience and the whole of the hills are open to the public with around 100 miles of footpath and bridleways in which to roam.
Whether you come to Malvern to walk, to bask in its heritage, to take the waters or simply to relax, Malvern Accommodation has a range of first-rate places to choose from.