Madresfield Court is the ancestral home of the Lygon and Beauchamps families. The house contains outstanding collections of furniture, pictures, porcelain and objets d’art, and a wonderful library designed by C.R. Ashbee. It is particularly a centre of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Chapel, commissioned in 1902, is widely regarded as the most complete, and perhaps the most lovely of all British Arts and Crafts achievements. (Visits by appointment only).
Stratford Stratford-Upon-Avon is famous for being the birthplace of Shakespeare. Today Stratford is devoted to The Bard and his works. You can visit his birthplace and burial site; see where he retired and where Anne Hathaway lived with his children. It is also the ideal place to watch one of his plays in one of the many theatres, where the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company is resident.
Gloucester has a rich heritage, discover Roman Britain or the influential role in the English Civil War. Follow in the footsteps of famous people from history, discover how Beatrix Potter, King Edward II and Ivor Gurney left their mark on the city of Gloucester.
Just a short distance from Malvern, Croome Park (a National Trust property) was ‘Capability’ Brown’s first complete landscape, making his reputation and establishing a new style of garden design which became universally adopted over the next 50 years.
At the back of The Abbey you will find The Malvern Theatres. This features two 800 seat theatres and one 400 seat cinema showing a wide range of performances, from Shakespeare and Paradise Lost to the annual pantomime. For more information on What’s On, visit the Malvern Theatres website.