On their first visit to Malvern, visitors can easily find themselves getting lost due to the number of places bearing the name 'Malvern'. This stems from the fact that the town of 'Malvern' is essentially a town surrounded by a collection of villages on the slopes of the Malvern Hills. These are known collectively as 'The Malverns' (as are the hills) and are listed as follows:
Great Malvern is the main town and population centre with the Priory Church and High Street. It contains the main railway station and most of the civic amenities. Malvern Link is a smaller settlement to the north, lying along the main road to Worcester, also featuring a nice common and old Victorian architecture. Malvern Wells is a small village south of the town, famed for its spring water. West Malvern is the only part of the town on the western face of the hills and overlooks Herefordshire. North Malvern is a small village to the north of the town. Little Malvern is a small village to the south featuring a lovely church.
The name Malvern probably comes from the ancient British language, with Mal-Bryn meaning 'Bare-Hill', the nearest modern equivalent being the Welsh moelfryn (bald hill). Iron Age tribes used the hills as a fortification, building a complex moat and trench network to guard their outposts, the remnants of which can still clearly be seen on British Camp. Little is known about the village until around 1075, when Benedictine monks began work on Malvern Priory. The village remained inconspicuous until the Victorian Age, when Malvern's famous waters, noted for centuries by locals by their purity, became of interest to experimenting doctors who began to advocate hydrotherapy in the waters as a cure for a wide variety of ailments. The resulting boom in medical tourism brought a great influx of wealth to the town, and the construction of a railway station in 1860 greatly increased the number of people visiting the area. Many of the prettiest and grandest buildings in the town date from this era, notably the former Great Western Railway Hotel, a grandiose building overlooking the railway station which now forms the main headquarters of the prestigious Malvern St James' College.
During the Second World War, Malvern was also important as it became the base for many government scientists working on RADAR (many of the huts and installations are still intact around the town) and the Defence Research Agency (DRA) continued to have a presence (and a large radar dish) in Malvern until 1995. The British government were also to be evacuated to nearby Madresfield Court in the event of the German capture of London. More recently, Malvern has established itself as a scientific centre with the old Ministry of Defence sites being bought by Qinetiq, one of the world's largest scientific technology firms.
Malvern is approximately 7 miles south-west of Worcester and will take about 20 minutes by a taxi from Worcester to Malvern. The cost of taxis depends on the time of the day and the day of the week.
Popular taxi provider:
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Malvern is about 7 miles south-west of Worcester on the A449 road. It is close to Junction 7 of the M5 motorway.
Malvern is well served by trains from London, Birmingham, and south-west England. Trains are operated by First Great Western  and London Midland . The town prospered during the Victorian Railway boom with four stations running simultaneously up to the early sixties. Of these, two, Great Malvern Station (a Grade II listed building and worth a visit in itself) and Malvern Link Station remain open and very popular, serving the Cotswold line between Birmingham and Hereford.
Malvern is at the northern end of the Malvern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a 9-mile long range of hills, rising up to 425m above sea level at the summit of Worcestershire Beacon. With around 100 miles of footpaths and bridleways criss-crossing the hills, this is a very popular area for walking and cycling.
The Theatre of Small Convenience Malvern is home to the smallest theatre in the world! Situated in a former public toilet, this theatre displays beautifully artistic puppet shows. Five minute shows available on demand for £2.50 adults, £1.50 children Theatre of Small Convenience Edith Walk, Malvern, Worcs, WR14 4QH Tel: 01684 568 933
Amnesty Book Shop - extensive selection of second hand books, all proceeds to Amnesty International Amnesty website Greenlink Wholefoods Health food shop with a range of organic and ethical goods, includes a cafe. 11 Graham Road, Malvern WR14 2HR 01684 576266
Malvern features a number of excellent pubs serving a wide variety of local ales and ciders, many of which are prize-winning. Notable among the pubs in the town is The Nags Head on Bank Street, which was voted Britain's Pub of the Year in 2008 and features as many as 16 real ales on tap all year round.
However, the most obvious local beverage is the Malvern Water, which although no longer bottled commercially, can still be obtained from numerous springs around the town for free. The water is noted for its purity and was the source of the famous 'Malvern Water Cure' which contributed so much to the towns growth in the Victorian era.
Malvern is more an attraction in itself, but visitors will find something to interest them in every direction.
To the west, arguably the prettiest direction to escape to, tourists will find the lovely little town of Ledbury and the impressive medieval county town of Hereford with its cathedral and situation on the River Wye. Further west lie the Marcher Castles built by the Anglo-Norman kings to guard the approaches to Wales.