The Commandery

The outside of a timber framed building and cobbled courtyard on a sunny day
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Originally built as a monastic hospital, The Commandery boasts over a thousand years of history.

A Royalist Headquarters at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, this stunning complex of buildings with its magnificent timber framed Great Hall, medieval wall paintings, period rooms, peaceful gardens and a unique atmosphere, ensures your visit is one not to forget

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

Free for Worcester City Council tax payers (please make sure that you bring your council Tax bill as proof of residency)

Adult £5.50, Concessions £4.50, Children (5-16) £2.50, Family Ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children) £13.00.

Collection details

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

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.
Three women dressed up in Victorian costume surrounded by Christmas decorations

Christmas Through the Ages

  • 12 — 16 December 2017
  • 17 December 2017 1:30-5pm
  • 19 — 23 December 2017
  • 28 — 30 December 2017
  • 31 December 2017 1:30-5pm

Immerse yourself in festive Christmas settings and find out about traditions from Yule logs and feasting to cards and crackers at The Commandery! The building will be decked out beautifully celebrating Christmas through the ages all month with daily talks and activities to enjoy.

In addition:

During the Christmas Fayre weekend (Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd December) enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and marchpane with Worcester Re-enactors while crafting a hand-made decoration.

Get creative for Christmas making cards and crackers and discover more about time-old traditions (Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd December, 11am – 1pm). (£2 per child)

Join JAC's Intimate Productions for a special children's day bringing Beatrix Potter's classic Christmas tale The Tailor of Gloucester to life with storytelling and Christmas crafts (Saturday 16th December, 11am – 4pm) £5 per child (includes performance, craft activity & one accompanying adult)

Learn about the traditions of Twelfth Night by joining in the bean hunt and becoming a King or Queen for the day (Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st December, 11am – 1pm) (£2 per child)

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Adults £5.95 (£4.95*). Children go FREE. Worcester Residents Annual Pass £5**. Season Ticket (annual) £10.95 (£9.95*) *Concession & Student (17+) prices **Please bring your Council Tax bill as proof of residency.

The Commandery




01905 361821

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