Country pubs, museums and tranquil gardens – there’s so much more to Malvern than just its famous hills.
Centrally located and full of things to do, this Worcestershire town is a wonderful day out for the entire family. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon, a day of exploring or a fun-filled trip with the kids, there’s an abundance of things to do in Malvern.
Malvern Hills & the Worcestershire Beacon
Most visitors to this part of the country will be taking in the scenic Malvern Hills, but it can be difficult to know which route to take. We’d wholeheartedly recommend the Worcestershire Beacon, a circular walk with its summit being the highest point in the range. Moderately challenging, this three-hour walk starts on the western side of the hills and culminates in fantastic views of Herefordshire and the Black Mountains.
Malvern’s rural location means it’s home to some excellent country pubs, with plenty of choice on all sides of the hills. No matter which route you opt to take, there are some fantastic pub pit stops with views you’ve been longing for all of your life.
For those looking for something a little more peaceful, Little Malvern Court & Gardens should provide the tranquillity you’re after. Nestled in the lower levels of the Malvern Hills, this picturesque garden, prior’s hall and church make for a fantastic way to spend a spring or summer’s afternoon, thanks to the incredible array of flowers in bloom. Their quaint courtyard tea room also offers fantastic views across the hills.
History buffs should head to Malvern Museum, which can be found within the iconic Abbey Gateway, formerly the gateway to the Great Malvern Priory. Plenty of local history artefacts and art pieces are packed into this relatively small space, which makes it feel deceivingly larger than it looks from the outside. Whether you’re into medieval history, the Victorian era or simply want to delve into this town’s past, Malvern Museum has it all.
Speaking of Great Malvern Priory, this is another fantastic place for a spot of sightseeing. Standing proud since c.1085, this English Parish Church was once a Benedictine monastery, boasts 15th-century features including its floor and tiles and houses England’s largest selection of stained glass from said era. Today, the Grade I-listed priory welcomes visitors to explore the church throughout the week, while around 200 people congregate there each Sunday for worship.
You’re never too old to be a big kid! Ice Quest is Malvern’s one-stop entertainment centre, featuring ice skating, laser quest and escape rooms – perfect for keeping the kids entertained on a rainy day. Large group packages are available whether you want to partake in one or all three of the activities, providing fantastic value for large families and parties.
Purveyors of peace will love it at Old Court Nurseries and Picton Garden. A family-run business since 1906, visitors can enjoy exploring as many as 400 different varieties of Michaelmas daisies in their colourful gardens, most of which are available to purchase from the nursery in Colwall or via mail order, meaning you can bring a little bit of Malvern home to your garden.