The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Worcester

Worcester Insights
Worcester Population
Living in Worcester
How much does a house cost in Worcester
Renting in Worcester
Worcester Crime Rates
Schools in Worcester
Getting Around Worcester
Entertainment in Worcester
Top 10 things to do in Worcester

Worcester Insights

A city that is very close to England’s second city, Birmingham is Worcester and it has its own unique identity.  It’s usually hard to describe Worcester as it has a mix of peace and tranquillity and a very busy and bustling town centre. Even though it has a great vibe when it comes to entertainment, it also has great schools and transport links, which is why families find it a great location to settle in. In fact, Worcester has a crucial role when it comes to British history and facts, as it has the World’s oldest constantly published newspapers, not to mention that it is where the widely-known, Worcester sauce, was produced. It is even known as “The Faithful City” for its huge role during the English Civil War.

What is the population of Worcester?

The current population of Worcester is estimated at 100,265 with the 18-64 age group shaping the biggest part of its population.

Living in Worcester

It might not be the biggest city with the largest locations to visit like London, but it still has a lot to offer meaning you wouldn’t get bored living there. Worcester has always been ranked highly in terms of happiness for its beautiful places, landscapes, and entertainment.

How much does a house cost in Worcester?

The average house cost in Worcester now stands at £299,479, in which there is an increase of 8.07% compared to the previous year.

Property Type Average Price Paid (£)Current Average Value (£)Value Change (%)
Detached395,721431,2425.05
Semi-Detached247,693253,2523.90
Terraced222,085215,46913.32
Flat141,580169,6934.16

 

How much does it cost to rent in Worcester?

Property Type Average cost per calendar month (PCM)
Room£516
Flat£619
House £533

What are the best neighbourhoods in Worcester to live in?

The best neighbourhoods to live in Worcester are Spetchley and Barbourne.

Spetchley

Spetchley is a hamlet and civil parish in Worcestershire, England, located half a mile from Worcester in the district of Wychavon. Spetchley Park, a country mansion with extensive gardens, is located in Spetchley. It also has many shopping, entertainment, and leisure amenities.

Barbourne

Gheluvelt Park, one of the most exciting parks in Worcester is located in Barbourne, has a variety of activities to do especially for kids.  It is also very close to River Severn, which has a beautiful view to ask.

Worcester Crime Rate

Worcester’s crime rate doesn’t come as the safest. It has, in fact, 81 crimes per 1,000 people in the population. Compared to the whole Worcestershire County’s overall crime rate, it has 24% higher rate. That being said, the city has the worst crime rate in Worcestershire in terms of criminal damage and bicycle theft.

For more information and updates for the crime rates in Worcester city please visit the local territorial police website, West Mercia, here.

Schools in Worcester

Most primary schools in Worcester have an Ofsted rating of “good” and some are also ranked “outstanding”. St Celement’s and Pitmaston Primary School both are very popular there and have an “outstanding” rating.

As for secondary schools, it’s similar to primary schools. Bishop Perowne and Christopher whitehead Language College are good options if you want secondary schools with a ranking of “good” from Ofsted. There are different independent schools, including the 6th oldest school in the world, Royal Grammar School, which is 11-18 mixed.

University of Worcester

With a rank of 29th worldwide and the 1st in the UK (2019) in terms of quality educations, University of Worcester has also received 100% satisfaction in 14 of its courses. The university has a great reputation for gender equality, in which it is the number 1 university in England for gender equality from 2019-2021.

Getting Around Worcester

By Bus

Bus operators currently offer public services within the county of Worcestershire with single, return, day, and weekly or monthly ticket types.

By Car

There have been many enhancements in Worcester routes, including the key junctions on the Worcester Southern Link Road, in which it has made traffic less of a hassle, especially at rush hours.

For more information on ticket prices and road enhancements and regular updates on Worcestershire transport links please visit https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20007/travel_and_roads

Nightlife in Worcester

What should be always mentioned first about the nightlife in Worcester is that it is the party capital of Worcestershire County.

Bars

Heroes Bar Worcester will be a perfect choice if you fancy a good selection of drinks and cocktails. You can pop up there to enjoy some live DJs every weekend who play different types of music genres like punk, hip-hop, rock n roll, and electronica.  Also, a football and pool table are opened for everyone if you are up for a game with your friends.

All Bar One is another must go for spirited people gathering. It has a vibrant atmosphere with an easy reach, which makes it unique especially for a day after exploring the city. With great varieties of drinks, you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to experience a very friendly team who are confident in delivering a product in an informal and sociable way.

Clubs

Tramps nightclub should be the first club you go to in Worcester. It has the largest venue in all the surrounding areas with 6 bars and 5 dance floors for entertainment every night so you don’t have to wait for a weekend to dance the night away.

A further choice is Velvet Nightclub, which is very popular with its good variety of music and bands with 3 comfortably sized rooms. Velvet Nightclub has a mix of a lounge bar that has all the trendy music on the charts, a Moroccan bar that is cocktail-focused bar, and a party bar where you can spend the night away with all cheese classics you would want.

Entertainment in Worcester

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Not only it is free to visit and a perfect day out for families, but also has plenty of programmes, events, and exhibitions that are constantly covering different subjects. Kids will enjoy an entertaining activity space with various other historical objects to see for the adults.

Worcester Bowl

A perfect activity for all ages, Worcester Bowl is very addictive and you will probably want to pop up there again. It is very specialized in party bookings with the party area also suitable for all ages to use it, even for corporate events. The staff there are always welcoming and making sure you are having a good experience.

Karting and Laser Combat Worcester

Indoor karting in Worcester is a perfect and fun go to for families, friends, and corporate customers. It is also a great choice for any type of parties as they have a nice venue to host a memorable event as well as good price packages worth an energetic atmosphere. If you fancy a thrill of karting or laser combat, they hold monthly open events and weekly offers.

Shopping in Worcester

Located in a historic place in Worcester, Cathedral Square is a perfect place to find high street fashion brands and well known retailers as well as prominent restaurants and cafes.  Additionally, Crowngate Shopping Centre, an indoor treasure for those who love fashion and homeware shopping, has an easy reach as it’s located in the heart of Worcester.

Leisure in Worcester

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

One of the highly recommended leisure centres, Perdiswell is a great place for many sports facilities, including swimming, gym, and classes. Kids wouldn’t stop you from a sporty day as there is an excellent playground for kids with exciting activities to do.

PureGym Worcester

The most famous chain of health clubs in the UK has a branch in Worcester. PureGym has great range of machines and good team, and it is popular with teen people.

Worcester Must Sees

Gheluvelt Park

If you want to have a nice cooling off day during the summer, why not pop up at an award winning park that attracts around million people a year. It not only hosts the Worcester Show every year, but also has a fun Splash pad, which is a nice play area. It also has many facilities, including two tennis courts.

Witley Court and Gardens

An Italianated mansion built in the 17th century, Witley Court is a beautiful place with many things to see and do, such as a romantic ruin, a glorious garden, a play area, a woodland walk, a church wander, and a heritage-inspired shop.

Staying an Overnight in Worcester

Fownes Hotel

Offering comfortable rooms with many types, Fownes Hotel is a highly recommended stay for its great location as it is 2 mins walking from the Worcester’s city centre’s greatest attractions. It also offers a range of room types that could suit different traveling purposes with quite environment for a relaxed stay.

Premier Inn – Worcester

The famous British hotel chain, Premier Inn, offers many facilities that you will need to fuel up your day with a reasonable price.

Where are the best places to eat in Worcester?

  1. Island
  2. Globe Modern Bistro
  3. Anatolian Palace Turkish Mediterranean Grill Restaurant
  4. Ambleside Fish Bar
  5. Friar Street Kitchen
  6. G&Tea
  7. Be the Change: Bake A Difference
  8. The Old Bush
  9. Black & White
  10. The Blue Bell

Top 10 things to do in Worcester

  1. Greyfriars’ House and Gardens
  2. Tudor House Museum
  3. Museum of Royal Worcester
  4. Worcester Guildhall
  5. Worcester Woods Country Park
  6. Commandery
  7. Infirmary Museum
  8. Worcestershire County Cricket Club
  9. The Firs: Elgar’s Birthplace Museum
  10. Fort Royal Park

Worcester FAQs

What is the closest airport to Worcester?

Birmingham (BHX) is the closest airport to the city of Worcester, which is around 27.6 miles away.

Where is the hospital in Worcester?

The Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre in Kidderminster, Evesham Hospital Burlingham Ward in Evesham, and Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester are all part of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

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