You can see it all when you book car rental; Worcester is waiting to issue a warm welcome and show you the way to its highlights...
One of the less visited historic cities in Britain, there are certainly plenty of highlights at which you can dive into the fascinating waters of the nation's past. Having been occupied for the best part of 2,500 years, there is no shortage of history and heritage in this now lively city, which looks to the future with a positively modern outlook thanks, in part, to the large student population at the University of Worcester.
This diligent and productive little metropolis at the heart of Worcestershire has been busy exporting its best bits for many, many years. You will have heard of the composer Sir Edward Elgar, born in a nearby village and celebrated at the Elgar Birthplace Museum, and you'll probably have clapped your eyes on some beautiful Royal Worcester Porcelain, which also has a city museum dedicated to it. You will almost certainly have tasted - and tried to pronounce - Worcestershire Sauce, produced at Worcester's Lea & Perrins factory. But you won't be joined by throngs of fellow tourists when you see the sights of Worcester, which only adds to the charm of this friendly city.
Promenade among the pretty streets of the city centre, perhaps taking a pleasant diversion to amble along the river as the swans glide by, and check out the striking black-and-white panelling of the Tudor buildings. You won't be able to miss the spire of Glover's Needle or the tower of the impressive Worcester Cathedral either, which both reach towards the skies above.
It's easy to collect your rental vehicle in Worcester. Book in advance and then simply pick up your car at a convenient downtown location. You can find a great car hire deal when you compare prices on TravelSupermarket.
It really is worth considering a hire car; Worcester is a great base for holidays and your car can open up a brand new page of adventures...
Whatever kind of holiday you are into - whether it's snuffling out the ancient past at historic sites, making fun times and family memories at child-friendly attractions, taking romantic breaks among nature's raw beauty, or tasting the culture and cuisine of a destination that's new to you - having a car in Worcester means that you can create these special experiences at your leisure.
Consider the short drive to the National Trust estate of Croome, just 25 minutes by road from central Worcester. The grand Croome Court, which is undergoing an extensive programme of refurbishment, stands at the centre of the park. See Capability Brown's gardens and hear stories of how the estate was put to secret use during the Second World War.
Lovers of nature and active types will be itching to journey to the nearby Malvern Hills, where walking and cycling trails criss-cross the peaks and falls of this beautiful region.
If you are keeping young minds occupied, a visit to West Midlands Safari Park is a must. This sprawling attraction lies in the Worcestershire countryside on the edge of Bewdley, a 30-minute drive from Worcester. Drive through the enclosures to see lions, tigers, elephants and a range of other exotic beasts. There's a park with thrill rides too. For more exhausting adventures, travel a little further from Bewdley to Go Ape in Wyre Forest, where your little monkeys can have endless fun in the tree tops.
There are many historic towns in Worcestershire, though you could cross the Warwickshire border to the east and be in Stratford-upon-Avon within 45 minutes. The birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford offers opportunities to see a play, visit the playwright's childhood home or go boating on the handsome River Avon.