With its rich history, striking architecture, stunning scenery, and friendly community feel; it’s not just the name that makes Great Malvern such a great place to visit.

In this article, we’ll be delving into all of the things that make Great Malvern so special.

Whether you’re planning a stay in Malvern or just visiting for the day, we’ll help you to discover the best local hotspots and attractions!

So, without further ado, let’s get into it…


Where is Great Malvern?

One of the greatest things about Great Malvern is its location.

Situated within the county of Worcestershire at the foot of the Malvern Hills, Great Malvern offers the best of both worlds: the vibrancy of town life and close proximity to picturesque countryside. 

This makes it an appealing place for visitors who want to connect with nature while remaining within easy reach of cosy bars, unique boutiques, and award-winning local restaurants


Great Malvern’s Past as a Historic Spa Town

Malvern spring water well and postbox on Welland Road Malvern Worcestershire uk

Great Malvern has a fascinating history that can be traced back to its origins as a modest medieval village; however, its transformation into a renowned spa town began in the 19th century when many discovered the therapeutic properties of Malvern’s local spring waters.

Back then, Great Malvern’s reputation for healing springs led to a surge in popularity as visitors flocked to the area seeking health and relaxation. To accommodate the growing number of guests, the town underwent major architectural development. This included the construction of many magnificent Victorian and Edwardian buildings that still grace the streets today. 


Great By Name, Great By Nature

Malvern hills

Due to its spectacular natural surroundings and range of nearby walking trails, Great Malvern attracts hiking enthusiasts and walkers of all ages and levels! 

From more challenging trails such as the Malvern Hills circular walk to gentler routes such as the Cradley circular walk, there are so many great opportunities to get outdoors. And don’t forget to have your camera at the ready! Malvern’s breathtaking vistas will give you plenty of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, so you can treasure your time in Malvern for many years to come.


Great Malvern’s Shops

If you’re partial to a spot of retail therapy, you’ll be pleased to know that Great Malvern offers a fantastic selection of independent shops, markets and well-known retailers. 

When exploring the stores of Great Malvern, you’ll find characterful artwork from local artists, unique antiques, tasteful trinkets, handcrafted jewellery pieces, and more! Whether you’re looking to pick up a gift for someone you love or you just fancy treating yourself, you’re bound to find something special.


Hotels in Great Malvern

Mount Pleasant Hotel Suite

Dotted around Great Malvern you’ll find a number of comfortable hotels and B&Bs that welcome guests from all over the globe.

If you’re visiting the area with friends or loved ones, why not join us at Mount Pleasant? 

Our grade II-listed hotel in Malvern is located right in the centre of the town and offers a range of spacious suites, two on-site restaurants, and many exciting events throughout the year. 

Our staff are committed to ensuring that your stay in Great Malvern is as memorable as possible. So, whether you’re coming for a birthday celebration, a wedding, or a relaxing break, we’ll always go the extra mile to ensure that your experience is nothing short of exceptional. 


Great Malvern’s Pubs and Local Breweries

Want to quench your thirst with some of the best local beers and ciders?

Great Malvern offers a wide variety of local pubs and bars serving both hand-crafted ales and traditional beer brands that you know and love. 

Whether you prefer a traditional pub feel or a contemporary tap room, Great Malvern’s drinkeries provide the perfect opportunity to savour the rich flavours of the region’s brews.

If you’re after the perfect pint, be sure to check out our Malvern Pub Guide to discover some of the best drinking spots that the town has to offer!


Great Malvern Train Station

Great Malvern railway station

Now we know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would we include a train station in a blog covering the greatest things about Great Malvern?

Well, aside from the fact that it offers fast and easy access to many major towns and cities, Great Malvern Station holds major historical significance.

Great Malvern railway station dates back to 1860 during the flourishing Victorian railway era. 

Constructed under the guidance of notable architect Edmund Wallace Elmslie, the station’s architecture seamlessly melds functionality with ornate Victorian design, characterised by its intricate ironwork, large windows, and red brick façade. 

At the easterly end of Platform 2, you’ll encounter the entrance to the Worm – a Grade II listed pathway hidden beneath Avenue Road, connecting to the former Imperial Hotel.

Initially constructed to facilitate first-class guests and assist porters in handling luggage, the passage served as a direct link to the hotel. 

Despite remaining disused for half a century, rumour has it that there are plans to restore the tunnel to its former glory in the coming years. And, while there is yet to be any sign of reopening, it’s still a must-see feature of the station that is easily missed if you don’t know that it’s there!


Restaurants in Great Malvern

Consider yourself to be a bit of a foodie?

You’re in luck!

Great Malvern offers a diverse culinary scene, boasting an array of wonderful restaurants that cater to all palettes and cuisine preferences. 

From charming bistros serving locally sourced ingredients to international eateries offering flavours from around the world, the town presents a delightful range of dining options. 

Looking for somewhere to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?

Check out our award-winning Malvern restaurant, the Mulberry Tree. Open 7 days a week, we offer irresistible food and a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  

If you like the idea of lunching outdoors, you can come and dine al-fresco on our spacious terrace. Built for our other contemporary dining space, The Lantern, it’s the ideal spot for cocktails and light bites in the sunshine!



Discover Even More Local Activities…

With so many fabulous shops, restaurants, activities and walking trails, it’s impossible to cram all of the best Great Malvern attractions into one article. But, don’t worry! We have many more ideas for things to do in Malvern so if you want to find out what’s going on in Malvern throughout the year, take a look at our latest blogs