Pretty Spa Town & The Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Malvern has so much to offer, from walking the beautiful hills, to shopping in the pretty town, and visiting the local theatre, Morgan car factory, stately homes & gardens, Three Counties showground or many other attractions. Malvern's location also makes it an ideal base for touring and is within easy reach of such places as Worcester with its Cathedral and Porcelain Museum, Warwick with the finest medieval castle in England, Cheltenham Spa Town and Racecourse and so much more.

malvern priory
malvern priory

Great Malvern and the surrounding area offer a wealth of accommodation ranging from Bed & Breakfast to Country House Hotels. A wide choice of Holiday Cottages are available for rental and there are also various Caravan and Camping facilities. Malvern has an excellent selections of shops from Antiques & Paintings to Chocolates, Food & Wine, Books and Clothes. There are shops here to supply all your needs.

For all sorts of Events in Malvern see

Malvern Theatres and the Three Counties Showground
malvern theatre
three counties showground

Malvern Spa, Malvern Priory & Sir Edward Elgar

Malvern prospered owing to the development of its hydrotherapy treatment in the late 18th century. Visitors such as Queen Victoria and many others flocked to the spa town. Throughout the 1840s and 1850s Malvern attracted a stream of celebrated visitors, including royalty. Patients included Charles Darwin, Catherine, wife of Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, Florence Nightingale, Lord Lytton, Lord Tennyson and Samuel Wilberforce. The 7 year old Franklin D. Roosevelt visited in 1889, during a trip to Europe with his parents.

Malvern Priory Church dates back to the 11th century. Amidst classic Victorian buildings its great Gothic Tower rises to 124 feet. Inside the huge columns and arches, were built when William of Normandy was on the throne, over nine hundred years ago. You can take a guided tour to find out more about the Church. The Malvern Museum is housed in the Abbey Gateway.

malvern priory
abbey gateway and malvern museum

Malvern's most famous son is Sir Edward Elgar. He was the most significant British composer of his time. His career straddled the 19th and 20th centuries and is remarkable for producing some of the best-loved works of the English repertoire. Deeply inspired by England’s countryside and culture he also absorbed what was going on in Europe, writing dazzling choral and orchestral works as well as chamber, instrumental and keyboard music. He was born in Broadheath, a few miles away, but lived and worked in Malvern for most of his life and is buried at St. Wulstan's Church in Little Malvern.

Holy Well and St Ann’s Well - Many wells, springs and spouts can still be found on the hillside but Holy Well, above Malvern Wells was the most popular hill spring during the 18th century before people began to flock to St Ann’s Well, which was closer to the bath houses and water cure establishments of Great Malvern. Visit St Ann’s Well to sample the waters. Opening Times Daily until Dusk.

holy well
st annes well

ESO, Malvern Theatres & Morgan Cars

The performing arts are an important part of Malvern life; there are all year round programmes at the Winter Gardens Malvern Theatres Complex. Malvern is also home to the world class English String and English Symphony Orchestras, the ESO.

malvern common just off wells road
Morgan Factory Visits

Since 1909 Morgan Cars have been built in Malvern, they are in great demand among enthusiasts from almost every part of the world. Visitors can telephone the factory and arrange for a tour, to see unique sports cars still being made by hand.

The Malvern Hills & Worcestershire Beacon

The name Malvern comes from the Celtic Moel-bryn, meaning ‘bare hill’. The Malvern Hills divide the Counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire with the rolling hills and fields of Herefordshire to the West and the flatter plains of the Severn Valley to the East. Although now protected, our ancestors were not so caring and exploited the stone in the hills. As a result there are a number of old quarries dotted around the hills, all of which are now well weathered and form an integral part of the overall landscape. Quarrying was still going on at Gullet Quarry near Castlemorton Common 30 years ago and scars of the quarrying are still visible.

The highest point on the Hills is the Worcestershire Beacon (425m) with North Hill (397m) and the British Camp Hill (Herefordshire Beacon - 338m) the other highest points. The entire length of the Hills are open to the public and are criss-crossed with about 160km (100 miles) of bridleways and footpaths. Dogs are allowed on the hills and can be let off lead so long as they are well behaved. Cycling is allowed on bridleways only.

gullet quarry
worcestershire beacon on top of malvern hills