Saturday, 26 May 2012

Malvern – where more than the hills are alive!

Malvern Hills
What picture do you conjure up when you hear the word Malvern? Lashings of pure spring water and centuries-old health treatments? Dramatic hills and superb walking country? A fashionable town for the Victorian elite? Malvern is all these things and more. When you’ve decided on your ideal Malvern Accommodation, you can take time to enjoy everything the area has to offer, from its rich landscape to its first-rate visitor attractions.

Great Malvern is the main town of the Malverns and sits at the foot of the spectacular Malvern Hills. If you arrive by train – or even if you don’t, this is a must-see – Great Malvern Station is one to savour. It has fabulous Victorian wrought ironwork and usually lovely flower displays. There’s an eatery on the platform here called Lady Foley’s Tearooms that should be on everyone’s itinerary. The Lady referred to is Emily Foley, a daughter of the Duke of Montrose, who was instrumental in the planning of the town – favouring grand houses and landscaped gardens.
Malvern Train Station
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.
Malvern Priory Church
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.
Malvern Museum
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.
Malvern 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.
Malvern Gardens

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.

Malvern Hills
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.

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