6 Things To See & Do In And Around Malvern
Malvern is perhaps best known for being a spa town and for the Malvern Hills, a beautiful range in Worcestershire that dominates the skyline. The Malvern Hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and if you take a walk there, it’s easy to see why.
As well as hill walks with expansive views, Worcestershire is packed full of charming rural finds, from quaint tea shops and country parks, to beautiful architecture.
beautiful scenery across Castlemorton Common
1. Spectacular Views Without Too Much Effort
We think the walk up to British Camp and back is a classic British hill walk. It’s a little strenuous in places, but the views are well worth it! If you love a walk with a view, you’ll find that this is a highly rewarding walk and once you reach the Hereford Beacon you’ll be rewarded with the best possible views as this marks the highest point of the Malvern Hills.
The tops of the large grassy hills are a great place to stop for a picnic and the walk is very family friendly too. You’ll find the paths here clear and easy to follow, making navigation a cinch and once back at the start point at British Camp carpark, you’ll find it’s a great place to reward yourself with a well-deserved ice cream and refreshments.
See our preferred Malvern Hills walking route here.
walking on the Malvern Hills
2. Observe A Piece of British History
History buffs will love seeing clear evidence of the ancient Bronze Age hillfort which accounts for the distinctive tiered shapes dug into the Malvern hills. This mighty hillfort is without a doubt one of the most spectacular in Britain, and even if history isn’t your thing, it makes for an impressive site.
Numerous finds from the Neolithic and early Bronze age have been found here and there is a rich history associated with not just British Camp, but at sites throughout the Malvern hills including Clutter’s Cave and Midsummer Hill to name but a few.
3. Enjoy Charming Victorian Architecture
Head into the town of Great Malvern which lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills. It’s a designated conservation area thanks to the special architectural and historic interest in the area.
The town centre is very compact, making it ideal for exploring on foot and it’s also very pretty, full of Victorian architecture with lots of lovely places to shop or grab a bite to eat or drink.
4. Get Crafty at The Hop Pocket
The Hop Pocket is a rural shopping village packed full of independent retailers selling a vast selection of beautiful artisan goodies. You’ll also find a superb farm shop, craft shop, a garden centre and the Hop Pocket Wine Company shop is well worth a visit.
For families, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained, including climbing frames and slides set within a large fenced grass area for running around and doing what kids do best!
Find out more about The Hop Pocket.
Alpacas at Cob Barn
5. Family Fun at Cob House Country Park
Cob House Country Park makes for a great family day out where you’ll find beautiful parkland and lakes to explore. For kids, there’s a parkland trail and wildlife pond and they’ll love feeding the animals which include Reindeer and Alpacas.
Refreshments are available at the Mayfly Cafe which includes delicious locally made ice cream and the afternoon tea is pretty good too.
Be sure to check out the Cob House Country Park website as they often have special events on.
6. Pick Up Delicious Produce at The Worcestershire Farmers Market
Support the local economy and pick up some delicious treats from the Farmers Market, where local growers sell direct to the public.
You’ll find everything from beautiful plants to tasty produce, though do check the farmers market calendar first as the date of the market varies month by month.