The Commandery

The Commandery Worcester - Grade I listed building
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Encounter the past brought to life in a beautiful building with an 800 year history. Set in the heart of historic Worcester, The Commandery is most famous for being the Royalist Headquarters during the deciding battle of the English Civil War – the Battle of Worcester 1651.

Worcester's Civil War Story evokes the momentous build-up to the Battle of Worcester. Discover a new interactive exhibition at The Commandery, former Royalist battle headquarters in 1651, and experience a pivotal moment in English history. Step into the dramatic debate between Royalist and Parliamentarian beliefs, encounter powerful pieces of the past, imagine daily life as a militia soldier 300 miles from home, and test your strategic skills in the battle room.

With an exciting programme of events, fun family activities every school holiday, as well as its own gardens and the nearby Civil War themed play area on Fort Royal Hill, The Commandery is the perfect family day out.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Sacred space, Museum, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1.30pm - 5pm

Admission charges

Adults £5.95 (£4.95*)
Children Free
Season Ticket (annual) £10.95 (£9.95*)
A Worcester Residents' Annual Pass is just £5**
*Concession & Students (17+) prices
**Please bring your Council Tax bill as proof of residency to qualify for a £5 ticket

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

By Bus - First Midland Red buses run through Sidbury from Bath Road, London Road, City Walls Road and the City Centre. By Train - Worcester Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill station are both 1km from the Commandery. There are two Pay and Display car parks opposite the building on King Street and Commandery Road.

Additional info

The Commandery offers a level access entrance to museum visitors, lifts and an accessible toilet and cafe. If you require level access entrance to the museum please call 01905 361821 or email commandery@worcestershire.gov.ukand we would be happy to assist you. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are also welcome. For more detailed information please download our Access Statement from the 'Your Visit' page on our website.

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A young boy in 17th century soldier's costume in a museum with a smiling museum assistant

Worcester's Civil War Story

  • 20 February — 30 December 2018 *on now

Worcester's Civil War Story evokes the momentous build-up to the Battle of Worcester.
Discover a new interactive exhibition at The Commandery, former Royalist battle headquarters in 1651, and experience a pivotal moment in English history. Step into the dramatic debate between Royalist and Parliamentarian beliefs, encounter powerful pieces of the past, imagine daily life as a militia soldier 300 miles from home, and test your strategic skills in the battle room.

Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (open from 1.30pm Sundays)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Commandery admission: Adults £5.95, Conc's £4.95, Children free, Worcester City Residents' annual ticket £5 (please bring proof of residency)

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Reenactors at The Commandery prepare for Oak Apple Day

Oak Apple Day Celebrations

  • 27 May 2018 1:30-5pm
  • 28 May 2018 10am-5pm

Enjoy two days of traditional spring-time festivities at The Commandery including live theatre, living history, family games and Morris dancing.

The spectacular Grade I listed Commandery in Worcester will be festooned with garlands of oak leaves to celebrate the story of Charles II's restoration. Find out about his flight from Worcester, after his Royalist army was famously beaten by the Parliamentarians during the final battle of the English Civil War in 1651, and how he hid in an oak tree to escape!

Try traditional treats of small beer and plum pudding, and meet the King himself! There be a collaborative project with a paper-based artist creating artworks and pamphlets inspired by the English Civil War all afternoon on Sunday, and a one-off opportunity to see Civil War Stories at 3pm on Sunday – a live performance like no other, weaving true tales of politics, religion, monarchy and conflict. On bank holiday Monday, have a go at Morris dancing with Bedcote Morris and immerse yourself in a 17th century living history camp including musket firing and cooking from the 1600s.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £5.95 (Concessions £4.95), Children FREE, Individual annual ticket £10.95, Worcester residents annual ticket £5

Getting there

By Bus - First Midland Red buses run through Sidbury from Bath Road, London Road, City Walls Road and the City Centre. By Train - Worcester Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill station are both 1km from the Commandery. There are two Pay and Display car parks opposite the building on King Street and Commandery Road.

The Commandery
Sidbury
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR1 2HU
England

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

E-mail

commandery@worcestershire.gov.uk

Telephone

01905 361821

Fax

01905 361822

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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