You’ll find the Victorian village of Great Malvern not too far from the M5, in Worcestershire. Although it was built as a spa village, its history dates back to Bronze Age times and there are plenty of fascinating attractions marking its complex history. For visitors who really want to get to grips with the village, there are a number of excellent hotels in Great Malvern, ranging from boutique B&Bs to elegant country house hotels.
Hotels near the Great Malvern Priory
Perhaps the village’s most interesting attraction is the Great Malvern Priory. The size of a cathedral, the Priory was founded in 1085 and acted as a monastery for almost 500 years. It boasts pillars from the Norman era, the largest stained-glass window of any parish church in England and misericord seats, carved by the monks themselves. The monks were also responsible for carving the 1300 tiles that were rescued from the Priory’s floor and are now mounted on the walls.
For those who want to add a slice of luxury to their stay, nearby Great Malvern hotels such as the Laughern Hill Estate and The Elms Hotel are elegant and indulgent, boasting all the mod-cons you could wish for. For those who simply want to stop for a night or two, there are a number of guest houses, such as the Olive Guest House and the Hadley Bowling Green Inn.
Other Attractions near Great Malvern Hotels
Staying in a hotel in Great Malvern also puts you within easy reach of a number of other attractions, such as the Malvern Museum, Eastnor Castle and the Elgar Birthplace Museum. For families with children, there is an ice rink, the Malvern Hills Geocentre and an indoor swimming pool. However, the Malvern Priory is as much a family attraction as any of these and is sure to keep children fascinated; the Priory even hosts a medieval quiz-trail, which encourages children to learn and have fun at the same time.
With plenty of shops and restaurants in the area, the Great Malvern Priory is a superb attraction and one that is within a stone’s throw of all the amenities you could need for a great day out in one of England’s most fascinating villages.