Visit Alcester and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Alcester, Warwickshire. This small town lies 8 miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon at the confluence of the Rivers Arrow and Alne and the junction of the A422, originally a Roman road, and Ryknild Street (the A435). These routes and the town's name (pronounced Olster) suggest Roman occupation and excavations have confirmed this.
Particularly attractive is the narrow Butter Street, off the High Street, with its jumble of ancient roofs. Just at the top is the 17th-century, three-bayed, brick Churchill House with some fascinating carved friezes. Henley Street has among its features a timber-framed house with an overhang on carved supports. Church Street has remarkably unspoilt Georgian houses. Two of them at one time formed a single coaching inn which lost its clientele with the coming of the railways. Lovers of Victoriana will like The Priory, once the site of a Benedictine Abbey, where there is a house with a perfectly proportioned Doric porch, to which has been added a fantastic Victorian neo-Gothic folly. The oldest Alcester house stands in Malt Hill Lane off Church Street. This is a two-gabled, half-timbered building called the Old Malt House, built in 1500. The Classical Town Hall was built in 1618, a gift of Sir Fulke Greville.
Only the late l3th-century tower and 15th-century door witness to the early foundation of the Church of St Nicholas. The exterior is mostly restored Victorian Gothic, though the simple Classical interior designed by Thomas and Edward Woodward in 1729 is relieved by the rather grand altartomb of Sir Fulke Greville.
Nearby cities: Worcester
Nearby towns: Evesham, Henley-in-Arden, Redditch, Stratford-upon-Avon
Nearby villages: Ab Lench, Abberton, Aston Cantlow, Astwood Bank, Bearley, Bentley, Beoley, Bidford, Billesley, Binton, Bishampton, Bradley Green, Broom, Church Lench, Claverdon, Cleeve Prior, Coughton, Crabbs Cross, Dunnington, Exhall, Feckenham, Fladbury, Great Alne, Harvington, Headless Cross, Holberrow Green, Inkberrow, Kington, Pebworth, Preston Bagot, Quinton, Redhill, Rous Lench, Rowington, Salford Priors, Shottery, Snitterfield, South Littleton, Studley, Stuley, Tanworth, Tardebigge, Temple Grafton, Throckmorton, Ullenhall, Weethley, Weston-on-Avon, Wilmcote, Wixford, Wolverton, Wootton Wawen
Have you decided to visit Alcester or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Alcester bed and breakfast (a Alcester B&B or Alcester b and b)
- a Alcester guesthouse
- a Alcester hotel (or motel)
- a Alcester self-catering establishment, or
- other Alcester accommodation