St Swithun's Church, Worcester, Worcestershire

Address: Church Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2RH
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Open from 1 May to 31 October on Fridays from 11.00am to 3.00pm and Saturdays from 11.00am to 4.00pm; at other times key kept at the Tourist Information Centre located in the Guildhall (5 minutes walk)
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A gracious church for gentlefolk

The town centre church of St Swithun, rebuilt in 1734 is an elegant, perfectly preserved early Georgian gem.

Inside, it is airy and open with box pews, a gallery and an attractive arched ceiling.

The carved three-decker pulpit, topped by a gilded pelican feeding her young, is a work of art, and the 1795 organ by the Gray Brothers of London is Grade I listed. The tall Tudor tower remains from the old church.

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Road directions

Worcester town centre location, off Church Street at the north end of the High Street within the edge of the pedestrianised area

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Worcester (300yds).

OS Reference No.

SO 851 549

What’s on & news

News

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconHerefordshire & Worcestershire County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.


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  1. Lawrence (14 May 2013, 17:42)

    An amazing survivor from the early Georgian period, complete with its ornaments and fittings, including the rare 1795 Gray organ, now restored. Note that there are organ recitals every Friday in 2013, 7 June to 30 August, starting at 1.10pm and lasting around 40 minutes
    Recitals will use the 1795/1844 Gray/Nicholson organ, restored by Goetze & Gwynn in 2010, and also the Wetheringsett Organ (2002), the reconstruction of a Tudor organ of c.1530 currently on loan.
    Admission Free (retiring collection, after expenses, towards maintaining and promoting the organs)
    Note also that in order that organists may enjoy and learn from these historic instruments, the St Swithun's organs are available (subject to booking) for regular practice, for teaching, or for occasional use by interested organists, on Saturdays during the months when the church is open, or at other times by arrangement. If you are interested in the opportunity to use these early-English organs, please contact the Arts Events Secretary of St Swithun's (see the friends website for details - www.stswithunschurch.org.uk
    There is also an excellent restaurant/bar/cafe right by the church - The Olive Branch Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar - should you need refreshments!

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St Swithun's Church, Worcester, Worcestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Access through a gate from the farmyard and across a grassed churchyard.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.