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A snapshot into.. Worcester

  • April 20, 2020

Worcester is a Cathedral and University City in Worcestershire, located in central England’s West Midlands Region. The City has a fascinating history of industry, a wealth of architecture, top-class sports teams and venues, a selection of high street names, independent architecture and a vibrant programme of events. The population of Worcester City is estimated at 101,000.

The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust provides a wide range of hospital based services from three main sites, to a population of 580,000 in Worcestershire as well as caring for patients from surrounding counties and further afield.

Facts About Worcester

  • ‘Worcester’s Berrow’s Journal’ is the oldest surviving newspaper in the world. It has been published weekly since 1709 
  • All bottles of Worcestershire Sauce were produced and bottled in Worcester City before shipped around the world, up until 1875. By then, demand was so high in the US that it had to be imported in casks. Eventually the company's US partner was allowed to produce and bottle the sauce.
  • Flood Marks Wall is an unassuming wall on the river path behind the Cathedral which displays the severity of Worcester's floods since c.1700
  • Opened in 2012, The Hive is Europe's first joint university and public library and is located on the Worcester University Campus.
  • Stanley Baldwin, conservative politician and a former British Prime Minister was born in Worcester

Cost of Living in Worcester

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre




1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Worcester to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


 3 Hours


 2 Hours 20 Minutes


 3 Hours 30 Minutes


 2 Hours 45 Minutes


 4 Hours 30 Minutes


 40  Minutes


 2 Hours 50 Minutes


 6 Hours 5 Minutes

Education in Worcester:

Worcester schools are governed by the Worcestershire County Council. According to the government website, Worcestershire county has access to 237 Primary Schools and a further 79 Secondary Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the City Council Education website here.

Worcester is also home to The University of Worcester, a public research University, voted No.1 in the UK for Quality Education according to the globally respected Times Higher Education. With close industry links across a range of sectors, Worcester students have opportunities to access work placements, to earn-as-they-learn in jobs relevant to your studies, as well as volunteering, all helping to build your skills, confidence and employability. The University has one of the best records of graduate employment in the Country.

Things to do in Worcester:

Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral is one of England's most magnificent and inspiring buildings, a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries, with Royal Tombs, Medieval cloisters, an ancient crypt and Chapter House and magnificent Victorian stained glass. Its attractions include King John’s tomb, Prince Arthur’s chantry, the early 12th Century Chapter House and St. Wulfstan’s crypt. Entry is free, or for a small fee, you can book onto a tour with full access to the café and gift shop.

Worcester Woods County Park

Two nature reserves, a huge open field, busy countryside centre with award winning cafe and easy access from the city or the motorway, make this site very popular. There are two adventure play parks, ancient woodlands to explore and space to fly a kite or have a game of rounders. During school holidays you'll find a timetable of events to keep children entertained. The park has an orienteering course and geocache and is consequently a popular place for families.

The Hive

The Hive is multi-million pound city centre library, history and customer centre for students and the public, located on Worcester’s University Campus. The Hive is home to a huge range of print and online resources all of which can be discovered through three online catalogue searches. Everyone is welcome to visit the building and consult the wide variety of resources as well as visit the in-library café.

Worcester Festivals

Worcester is the host to many small and often free festivals, including the Worcestershire LitFest, Worcester Foodie Festival, Worcester Motor Festival, Worcester Music Festival and Worcestershire Festival of Business among others. You can find out more about the specific dates, times and prices of events here.

Local Markets and Shopping

Worcester itself is host to many markets throughout the year and there are lots of shopping opportunities further afield. Across the county there are a multitude of antique shops, arts and crafts retailers and craft centres where visitors can buy something special for themselves or a loved one. There are also plenty of opportunities to purchase local food and drink produce grown and produced from the fertile plains of the river network which meanders through the county.

Relocation to Worcester

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Worcester, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

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Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.


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