Area of the week: Worcester

It's hard to fault a city that has both historic charm and a good number of period buildings in and around its centre. Add that to the fact that Worcester has a good education system with a local university and only 100,000 inhabitants, this small cathedral city is a bustling social hub that stops short of feeling busy and overwhelming. This is why Worcester is our area of the week, thanks to its combination of modern town living and old-fashioned features.

A lasting legacy

Even if you’ve never been to Worcester, you know what its famous cathedral looks like: it was on the back of every £20 banknote issued between 1997 and 2010. Work started on the cathedral over 900 years ago in 1084, but it wasn’t finished until four centuries later in 1504. The cathedral is older than most modern countries, and it’s the final resting place of both King John and Prince Arthur Tudor. You can feel the past almost everywhere in town, especially in the good smattering of grade-listed buildings that have been around for over 500 years. Living in a Tudor townhouse can sometimes be a lot of work, but it’s definitely something to brag about.

Property value positivity

Worcester is very close to the UK house price average, with its own average coming in at around £7,000 cheaper. But property prices in Worcester have risen 12 percent in the last two years, and show no signs of slowing down. Detached houses were doing especially well before November 2016, selling for almost a fifth more than their November 2014 value.

Get out of the city

You can find all kinds of entertainment in the town centre – shops, restaurants, theatres, farmers markets and more. But why not get out of your comfort zone once in awhile? Birmingham and Gloucester are both around 30 miles away for an easy daily commute, or if you need to hit up specialist shops for something specific. Worcestershire is also one of Britain’s most rural counties. The Malvern Hills are only a stone’s throw away, so it’s easy to get out into the country air. Sample some amazingly fresh spring water, or drop by a spa on your way home for some top-of-the-line relaxation.

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