The 10 Best Things to Do in Great Malvern, United Kingdom (UK)

October 19, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Great Malvern is an area of the spa town of Malvern, Worcestershire, England. It lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the eastern flanks of the Worcestershire Beacon and North Hill, and is the historic centre of Malvern and includes its town centre.
Restaurants in Great Malvern

1. Malvern Hills

Great Malvern, England +44 1684 892002
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5 based on 687 reviews

Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills are an iconic landscape with unique cultural heritage, wildlife and geology. The Malvern Hills Trust owns and cares for the Malvern Hills and Commons and keeps them open for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each year.

Reviewed By frankart_10 - Lymington, United Kingdom

Not the most extensive range of hills, and certainly not the most testing, but nevertheless, if you enjoy pulling on the walking boots and climbing steady inclines to take in breathtakingly beautiful views, then The Malvern Hills is a treat.
There are loads of footpaths that criss cross the hills, and most of them are made up, and therefore not muddy, even when it's wet. I'm guessing the range is about 13 miles end to end, so for the enthusiast, one good days walking, but if, like me, you enjoy shorter rambles, there are lots of pathways where you can spend part of a day taking the air, and exercising the lungs with a stiff climb at the same time. Just a beautiful spot/

2. Worcestershire Beacon

Great Malvern, England +44 1684 892002
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5 based on 274 reviews

Worcestershire Beacon

Reviewed By sarana919 - Stroud, United Kingdom

I live in the area, so I have tried many of the paths to get to the highest point in the Malvern Hills...Worcestershire Beacon. I am in my 60s and can't manage tough, long treks nowadays but I have found a few of the easier walks...one is by parking on Beacon Road at the top car park (there are 2 pay and display car parks...one at the bottom, but you can go higher up the hill into the 2nd) and then take the paved path up to the Beacon...a steady climb, but one I can manage. I've also gone up from the West England car park, which is unpaved but gentle gravel and grass paths can be taken to reach the top. (There is also a steeper route from this car park if you want to make it challenging...I've done it once.) Those are the easiest, but I've also parked on Westminster Bank (free parking) and walked up by Sugarloaf Hill to the Beacon. When you reach the Beacon there's still that feeling of achievement you get when you've done a climb to get to the highest point! Stunning views all round across the Severn Valley, to the Black Mountains of Wales and several counties around. It is a round trip walk of around 75-90 minutes (including stops for photos) and it can be very windy and several degrees cooler at the top. Note: there are no facilities in the car park nor on the beacon, but there are public toilets before you turn onto Beacon Road at Wyche Crossing.

3. Great Malvern Priory

Church Street, Great Malvern WR14 2AY, England +44 1684 561020
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4.5 based on 268 reviews

Great Malvern Priory

Reviewed By glyn l - Fareham, United Kingdom

We had a lovely time in Malvern in the snow and particularly enjoyed our time here.We were particularly struck by the excellent Norman nave , the striking medieval tiles and the and the quite beautiful stained glass windows. A lovely place to reflect.

4. Malvern Theatres

Grange Road, Great Malvern WR14 3HB, England +44 1684 892277
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4.5 based on 451 reviews

Malvern Theatres

Malvern Theatres is proud of its standing as a leading centre of artistic excellence in the West Midlands. Since opening as the Malvern Assembly Rooms in 1885, it has undergone many changes and is now home to two theatres and a cinema, boasting an impressive range of critically acclaimed theatrical and cinematic productions. The 850 seat Festival and Forum theatres regularly host world class touring plays, musicals, operas and Ballets and have become a hotspot for pre and post West End productions. The Forum, along with our recently refurbished 300 seat cinema, comes equipped with the latest cinematic technology to enable live screenings of productions around the world. The theatres are run by the Malvern Theatres Trust, a registered charity, dedicated to ensuring the success of the theatres and maintaining the building for future generations to enjoy. By choosing to visit us you are helping to ensure that this much loved theatre remains part of the community for many years to come.

Reviewed By Gerry P - Tavistock, United Kingdom

We had a taxi there & back as were advised parking was limited. The usherettes are very glamorous in black with sparkling silver scarves - maybe sounds a small thing but gets you in the mood. The cast were professional & extremely energetic & kept to time. For a relatively small town the theatre has a good varied programme.

5. Herefordshire Beacon

Off A 449 From Malvern, Great Malvern, England +44 1684 892002
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5 based on 71 reviews

Herefordshire Beacon

Reviewed By Thisisour0pinion - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Plenty of parking available on a pay and display basis. There's a lovely little cafe and a hotel across the road from the car park.
Weather was cloudy so we didn't get treated to the available views, at least it was not raining.
Sturdy footwear required, suitable for the majority of ages, steep in places so probably not suitable for push/wheelchair access.
A site with history.

6. Priory Park

Priory Road, Great Malvern. Worcestershire, Great Malvern, England
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Priory Park

Reviewed By Augudtwrens - Worcestershire, United Kingdom

I have been visiting this park all my life. There used to be a paddling pool and 2 sandpits where the children 's playground is now. This is a lovely safe place for little ones.
The stream still meanders through the park near by and has some very interesting foliage
The old boating lake is in need of some TLC but if you look closely you will see some enormous fish that are still managing to thrive.
Ducks and moorhens with their young are another source of interest as is the Bandstand where live music is played on sunny Sunday afternoon in summer.
Have a look at all the bricks with initials of the doners who helped rebuild it.
There is plenty of space to picnic and sometimes you see young mums with pushchairs having a little jog.
There is also a very interesting tree sculpture.
Unfortunately like lots of places lack of funding means our park is not as beautiful as it has been in the past.
However wedding parties from the Registry Ofiice nearby still pose for gorgeous photos on the Bridges

7. Great Malvern Station

Great Malvern Station Station Approach, Great Malvern WR14 3AU, England
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Great Malvern Station

Reviewed By JXXXR

Great Malvern Station is an old style station which is perfectly fine if you visit but offers nothing stunning unless you are massively interested trains. I would only recommend coming here if you are travelling to the town by train.
Also note that to walk from this station into the town center is up a walk up a very steep hill.

8. Malvern Tourist Information Centre

21 Church Street, Great Malvern WR14 2AA, England +44 1684 892289
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Malvern Tourist Information Centre

Reviewed By r00m_with_a_view - UK

Excellent service from very knowledgeable staff . Lots of good leaflets on the attractions of Gloucestershire/ Worcestershire and further afield. Congrats to however is responsible for this TIC - so many cities have closed their TICs - and these TICs are vital to tourism in the UK.

9. The Theatre of Small Convenience

Edith Walk, Great Malvern WR14 4QH, England +44 1684 568933
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The Theatre of Small Convenience

Reviewed By SeekingSomethingNew

For the last few years, whenever I visit Malvern, I find myself drawn to this place. What used to be a Victorian men's lavatory is now the smallest theatre in the UK, founded by Dennis Neale, a dramatist and puppeteer whose passion for performance shines from every nook and cranny of this little gem. For less than the price of a coffee, you can watch a show created from flotsam and jetsam - bric-a-brac repurposed and turned into a puppet performance, complete with soundtrack, to a bespoke story created by Dennis and his fellow dramatists. This is entertainment from a bygone, golden age - if you remember 1970s children's TV, you wil adore this place. Dennis Neale is the contemporary Oliver Postgate, and this theatre has all the charm and lovingly crafted magic of an episode of Ivor the Engine, the Clangers or Mr Benn. The stories change twice a year, and are always completely enthralling. You will be enchanted by this place, as we were - and transported back to happy childhood memories of puppet shows, children's TV and a very British sense of eccentricity, whimsy and genuine love for family entertainment. An unmissable treat.

10. Museum of Local History

Abbey Road, Great Malvern, England
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Museum of Local History

Reviewed By quiller003 - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

A small museum in the gatehouse of the old priory, but full of stories. Each room has a different theme - prehistory/ the monastic life/ the Victorian water cures (loved the chap in the bath!) and the technological developments in radar and telecommunications in the 20th century Well worth the small entrance fee!
(PS some stairs, but not steep)

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