Malvern is a spa town in Worcestershire, on the eastern flanks of North Hill and the Worcester Beacon. It lies at the Foot of the Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, famous for its dramatic valleys and the spring water that flows through them. The historic town centre is known as Great Malvern and became a popular holiday destination in the 19th century, with visitors from far and wide drawn by what were seen as the healing properties of the spring water. Malvern’s history goes back much further, however, and the remains of a priory founded by Benedictine monks can still be seen in the oldest part of the town. Take a stroll from your holiday cottage in Malvern and you will discover an enchanting maze of narrow streets, lit by gas lamps at night and home to some of England’s most striking Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Malvern has attracted artists for centuries and paintings of the area’s green, rolling countryside can be found in independent galleries scattered throughout the town centre. You’ll find a delightful variety of antique shops, bookshops and boutiques, and a number of pubs and restaurants serving delicious food prepared with fresh, seasonal products from neighbouring farms. Try the Nag’s Head, the Fig Tree or the Wellington Inn. With a gloriously unspoiled expanse of hills, meadows and woods to explore, there’s no wonder Malvern holiday cottages are popular among walkers. From the town centre, a number of routes meander into the countryside. Follow the Iron Age track to St Ann’s Well and the hills beyond for breathtaking views of the town and surrounding countryside. Visiting the historic wells of Malvern is a good way to explore the area and there are plenty to discover, including Holy Well, Beauchamp Spout and Malvhina. Music and theatre have always been an important part of life in Malvern, and both are alive and well at the Malvern Theatres Complex, an Edwardian building overlooking Priory Park with performances throughout the year.