If it's historical sites you're after, there are plenty in Worcester to keep you happy. In the heart of the city, right by the river, is the impressive cathedral, which is formally known as the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin of Worcester. The oldest parts of the building date back to the 11th century, but it has accumulated elements of most English architectural styles up the early 16th century.
Worcester was the scene of the final battle of the English Civil War, and you can discover all about the city's involvement, as well as much more about the area's history, at the Commandery, about a six-minute walk from the cathedral. For those with a penchant for porcelain, the Museum of Royal Worcester is nearby on Severn Street.
The city's main shopping area centres on the High Street, The Shambles and Broad Street, all of which are pedestrianised. Explore beyond the main streets though and you'll find some interesting little arcades and narrow lanes, some with half-timbered buildings.
To the north of the centre and on the edge of the campus of University of Worcester - one of the country's fastest growing universities - you'll find the city's new gold-roofed landmark library, the Hive.