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Worcester Cathedral sits in the centre of the city of Worcester over-looking the river Severn. It was founded in 680 but nothing remains of the original building and the oldest part now standing is the crypt which dates to the 10th century. Most of the current building is from the 12th and 13th Centuries. The cathedral has the tomb of King John who died in 1216 as well as a memorial to Prince Arthur, the elder brother of Henry VIII and first husband of Henry's wife Katherine of Aragon. It is believed that the cathedral was spared the worst of Henry's destruction during the Reformation because of the significance of his brother's memorial. The cathedral is open all year round and charges no admission fee - although of course donations are encouraged. Tours are available for a small fee. Opening hours are from 7.30 am to 6 pm daily.
Winterbourne Botanic Garden
Winterbourne Garden is the University of Birmingham's botanic garden and is used by students as well as being open to the public. It was originally an "early 20th century suburban villa garden", the small estate having been built in 1903. The last private owner bequeathed it to the University in 1944. The first garden layout was inspired by Gertrude Jekyll of the Arts and Crafts movement and was further developed over the years. Today its six acres hold national collections of roses and displays plants from all over the world. Particular features are the Nut Tunnel, woven from living hazel, and a sunken rock garden with Japanese Tea House. It is open April to September, Mondays to Fridays 11am to 4pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm. The remainder of the year it is open Mondays to Fridays noon to 3.30pm. Guided walks and special events are held; details are available at the website. A car park, toilets and café are available on site and the garden is accessible to disabled visitors.
The Bancroft Gardens are located at the river Avon, directly in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Garden is home to Lord Gowers memorial of William Shakespeare but also features a 15-century stone bridge and the Country Artists fountain. The garden is popular with street entertainers and offers the possibility to take a boat trip on the river and the canals.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife, has spend her childhood in this timber framed cottage and young William came to visit her here during their romance before their marriage. The former farmhouse dates back to the 15th century but some of its building structure suggests that its origins date back much further than this. It is possible to take a tour of the house which is administered by The Shakespeare Trust and you can see the bed in which Anne was born and a wealth of original features. Also open to the public is the traditional cottage garden which has won several awards. There are a tea room, free parking facilities and gift shop on site. Due to its structure the house offers only limited access for wheelchair users but it is possible to take a virtual reality tour on site. Admission fees: Adults £6.00 Children £3.00 Concessions £5.00 Families £15.50 Opening hours: Summer(Jun-Aug) Mon-Sat:9am-5pm Sunday:9am-5pm Mid-season(Apr-May & Sept-Oct) Mon-Sat:9.30am-5pm Sunday:10am-5pm Winter(Nov-March) Mon-Sun :: 10am-4pm
The Cotswold Way is a designated 'National Trail' that runs along the Cotswold Escarpment for a distance of 102 miles between the Gloucestershire village of Chipping Campden and the town of Bath. The starting point - or end point, depending on which direction you are going - is outside the Town Hall in Chipping Campden, where it is marked by a large stone with a plaque. Whilst the Cotswold Way has been actively promoted as a long distance path, it was only in 1998 that it received government endorsement to be developed as a National Trail and it was launched as such in 2007, making it the newest of the 15 specially designated trails.
The Severn Bore
Arising in the Cambrian Mountains in mid Wales and joining the Irish Sea as the Bristol Channel, the Severn is Britain's longest river (354 kilometres). The river is the site of one of the country's few natural phenomena, the Severn Bore. This is a tidal wave which travels upstream propagated by the narrowing of the river's channel. Usually seen as a series of three or four waves, the Bore can reach speeds of up to 13 miles per hour and, with a particularly high tide, can reach a height of six feet. There are several places where the Bore can be seen and there are tide tables which predict the hour of its occurrence. At Minsterworth the road is right beside the river and access to the river can be gained at the Bird-in-Hand pub, by the old ferry or at the church. It has become an attraction for surfers to ride the wave upstream and the record distance is currently some seven and a half miles (set in April 2006). Local parking is available at several sites where the road approaches the river bank. There is local parking at the access points. Viewing: no charge