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Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral

Worcester shown within Worcestershire
Population101,328 (2015)
OS grid referenceSO849548
Unitary authority
  • Worcester
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWR1, WR2, WR3, WR4, WR5
Dialling code01905
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places

Worcester (pronounced Wuster) is a cathedral city and district in the West Midlands of England. It is the county town of Worcestershire, a county of England. In 2015, it had 101,328 residents.[1]

It is about 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Birmingham and 29 miles (47 km) north of Gloucester.

The River Severn runs through the middle of the city. Worcester Cathedral overlooks the river.

The University of Worcester is a high ranking university located in the city.

Famous composer Edward Elgar was from Worcester. It is also where Worcestershire sauce originated.

King John of England's tomb is in Worcester, in Worcester Cathedral.


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The A38, A44, A422, A449, A4103, A4440 and A4538 roads pass through Worcester.

The M5 bypasses Worcester.

Worcester currently has three stations: Worcester Shrub Hill,[2] Worcester Foregate Street[3] and Worcestershire Parkway[4] which is just outside the city and opened in 2020.[5]


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  1. "Worcester". Visit Worcestershire.
  2. "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Worcester Shrub Hill". www.nationalrail.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  3. "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Worcester Foregate Street". www.nationalrail.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  4. "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Worcestershire Parkway". www.nationalrail.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  5. "Worcestershire Parkway station finally opens on Sunday". Worcester News. Retrieved 2021-03-03.