If you want to stretch your legs after visiting the Worcestershire Militaria Museum, then there are a great many museum and places that you and your family can visit around the local area, relating to the rich military history of our counties. Not only may they prove to be a great day out but your visit can help support the local communities.
Please check opening times directly with the venue before making any travel plans. We will try to keep this list up-to-date but if you notice any mistakes please do contact us and we will update the information.
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Worcestershire: RAF Defford Museum at Croome - Open 7 days a week, 11.00am to 4.30pm (4.00pm in Winter). Former Royal Air Force establishment built on the lands of Croome Court, near Worcester. The Airfield was used to test equipment developed by the TRE (Telecommunications Research Establishment), then based at Malvern College.
The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) - Open 7 days a week, 10.30am to 4.30pm. This is the Official Regimental Museum, housed in the former library on Forgate Street. It follows the story of the regiment and QOWH from its earliest days up until the present.
The Commandery - Open Tues - Sat 10,00am to 5.00pm (Sunday 11.00 to 3.00pm). The Commandery is a black and white period building turned museum, that served as the Royalist Headquarters during the 1651 Battle of Worcester. It is dedicated to the English Civil War.
Worcester Cathedral - Open Mon - Sat 11.00am to 3.00pm (Sunday 1.00pm to 3.00pm). Worcester's beautiful Cathedral dating back to 1064. It is the final resting place of Robin Hood's foe, King John and that of the former British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. The Cathedral also boasts a memorial window to the British Composer, Sir Edward Elgar as well as a beautiful memorial stain glass window forMajor James Baldwin TD JP, whose peaked cap is in our QOWH Gallery. The Cathedral also holds memorials to the Worcestershire Regiment and regimental colours. Discover History - Award winning historical performers providing tours, history talks, school workshops, and living history. Pre-booked guided tours around Worcester, based on a variety of historical themes, including military.
Spetchely Park - Open Wed - Sun 10.30am to 5.00pm. Visit the gardens of this beautiful Worcestershire country house, that was earmarked in World War II as a first refuge for the British Royal Family, should they have had to evacuate London.
Severn Valley - Open 10.30am to 5.30pm. Step back in time and experience the golden age of travel on vintage steam trains. From Worcestershire to Shropshire.
Derbyshire / Nottingham: Crich Memorial -Open Thurs - Mon 10.00am to 5.00pm (Closed Tues & Wed). Regimental Memorial to the Sherwood Foresters, Worcestershire & Sherwood Forester Regiment and the Mercian Regiment.
Cheshire: Cheshire Military Museum - Currently closed until further notice. Regimental Museum and archive of the Cheshire Regiment. Housed in the former barrack block in Chester Castle, the museum details the history of the regiment, from the 1600s until today, and its role as the 1st Battalion of the Mercian Regiment.
Staffordshire: The Staffordshire Regiment Museum & Mercian Regiment Archive - Open Mon - Sun 10.00am to 3.00pm (Christmas closure). Regimental museum of the Staffordshire Regiment and Mercian Regiment (previously 3 Mercian). Following the Staffordshire soldier story from its beginning to the present day.