St Swithun's Church, Worcester, Worcestershire

Address:
Church Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2RH
How to find us | Access information
Opening times:
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 3.00pm. Key available from the Tourist Information Centre on the High Street at other times.
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A gracious church for gentlefolk

This 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.

  • Access information
    All on one floor and at ground level, but with a gallery and 3 tier tower at the west end (not visitor-accessible). Through heavy metal gates with level access to west porch. Alternatively through east lobby door with one step up from the road. West lobby: Double door 192 cm wide to level but uneven stone flagged porch with level access to the nave. East lobby: Single door 127 cm wide with step up from street to even paved porch. 3 further steps to nave and door frame 91 cm wide.
  • Facilities
    St Swithun's has two organs, the original 18th-century organ and a replica Tudor organ, both in excellent working condition; electric lighting and a small kitchenette with running water. Toilets facilities are available in the Olive Garden restuarant next door by kind permission of the restaurant owners. There is no heating.
  • Directions
    Worcester town centre location, off Church Street at the north end of the High Street within the edge of the pedestrianised area
  • Transport
    Nearest railway station: Worcester (300yds).
  • Interpretation

    Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.

    Worcestershire and Herefordshire County Guide 2012

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

  • Conservation and Regeneration

    An arts, music and heritage venue in the heart of the city

    We and our partners the Friends of St Swithuns are working to revitalise this Georgian gem in the heart of Worcester and to create an urban venue that promotes the city's unique music and arts heritage. In June 2015 we were awarded a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund in support of this £2.1 million pound project.

    > Read more about this project in our regeneration pages.

    An arts, music and heritage venue in the heart of the city

    The Churches Conservation Trust and our partners the Friends of St Swithuns are working to revitalise this Georgian gem in the heart of Worcester and create an urban venue that promotes the city's unique music and arts heritage.

    - See more at: http://cct.staging5.pixl8.london/what-we-do/regeneration-and-communities/regeneration-projects/st-swithun-worcester-regen.html#sthash.u9Ml5K7Z.dpuf
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