Theatre, art & attractions

The Malvern hills area is steeped in culture from the famous theatre that attracts shows on the London circuit to the Morgan Car factory and National trust properties.

As well as the Gas lamps that inspired the gate-way to Narnia in C.S. Lewis’ literary classics, the wells and springs believed to have healing powers and Elgar’s home ground.

Festival Theatre, Malvern

Festival Theatre, Malvern (2 miles)

Nestling at the foot of the Malvern Hills, Malvern Theatres is a major centre for the arts in the West Midlands. Home of the famous Malvern Festivals, founded by Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson in 1929, the theatre underwent a lottery-funded refurbishment in 1997. Hailed both locally and nationally as a model of artistic and architectural excellence, Malvern Theatres boasts one of the most diverse selection of plays, music, comedy, dance, film and education work to be found under a single roof anywhere in the country.

Morgan car factory

Morgan car factory

For over 100 years the Morgan Motor Company have been making exciting sports cars in the beautiful spa town of Malvern. Morgan cars are famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance.
Equally at home on the race track or the open road, there is nothing quite like a Morgan. Experience the passion for yourself with a factory tour, trip to our on-site museum, or with a weekend sports car hire.

Three counties show ground

Three counties show ground (2 miles)

The Three Counties is home to a host of events all year round including both corporate and leisure events. Key events include:

  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival, held every May this is the regions only RHS festival and the place to come for all your horticultural goodies.
  • Royal Three Counties Show, held every June this event brings to the fore the very best of British Farming.
  • Malvern Autumn Show, held every September celebrates food, the countryside, gardening and nostalgia.

For further information on these events and to find out what else is on visit

Malvern Gas Lamps

Malvern Gas Lamps

Malvern is the only town left in the UK with Victorian Gas lamps. The gas lamps are famous for their rural location and as the iconic image of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Gas lamps are visible on grounds at The Cottage in the Wood and the surrounding area.

Gas Lamp Trail Guides available from reception.

Malvern Wells & Springs

Malvern Wells & Springs

Malvern is famous for its water that filters down from the hills to the many springs and wells below.

The water is believed to have healing properties. In Victorian times people came in their droves for the water cure. Victorian and Edwardian houses built at this time still stand today.

Be inspired

The Elgar birthplace museum (10 miles) and resting place (1 mile)

Elgar lived much of his life in Malvern and regularly performed in The Coach House at The Cottage in the Wood.

You can see a bust of Elgar at the Festival Theatre, Malvern

The Elgar birthplace museum displays internationally acclaimed collections that follow the story of Elgar’s musical development and inspirations; his early struggle for recognition and his rise to fame.

From there you can follow The Elgar route: a driving tour around Elgar’s Worcestershire. Elgar’s resting place is at Saint Wulstan's Catholic Church.

Eastnor Castle (6.5 miles)

Eastnor Castle (6.5 miles)

Eastnor Castle is an award winning tourist attraction nestled in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and set in 5000 acres of parkland, just a few miles from the medieval market town of Ledbury in Herefordshire. This historic house is full of medieval armour and fine art and in the beautiful grounds visitors will find an arboretum and a lake with many spectacular walks, trails and views. Open to visitors on select days throughout the summer.

Croome Court, National Trust (11 miles)

Croome Court, National Trust (11 miles)

Croome Court is a mid-18th century Neo-Palladian mansion. Once home to the Earls of Coventry, today artists and craftspeople tell the story of its eclectic past. A secret wartime airbase is now a visitor centre. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes, ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns.

Royal Worcester Museum

Royal Worcester museum (11 miles)

The Museum of Royal Worcester is a ceramics museum located amidst the old Victorian buildings that used to be home to the Royal Worcester porcelain factory. It is just two minutes’ walk from Worcester Cathedral and the city centre and is proud to hold the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world. The Georgian, Victorian and 20th century galleries will take you on a journey through time and our informative audio tour features the factory’s history and its remarkable workforce.

Worcester Warriors Rugby Club (12 miles)

Worcester Warriors Rugby Club (12 miles)

Professional rugby club with regular fixtures, a kids' study centre plus community-based events.

Worcester County Cricket Club (11 miles)

Worcester County Cricket Club (11 miles)

Worcestershire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Worcestershire. Its Twenty20 team has been rebranded the Worcestershire Rapids, but the county is known by most fans as "the Pears".
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