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The Commandery

Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU, England
+44 1905 361821
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Wonderful way to learn about Worcester and the Civil War.

This small museum is a great place to learn about Worcester's role in the Civil War in England. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Patricia1209
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Perth, Australia
A Civil War premises gem .

This place is well worth a visit. So central to the Civil War , its start and its last battle , the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tomvalley2
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Frodsham, United Kingdom
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Encounter the past brought to life in a beautiful building with an 800 year history. Set in the heart of historic Worcester, The Commandery is most famous for being the Royalist Headquarters during the deciding battle of the English Civil War – the Battle of Worcester 1651. Discover Worcester's Civil War Story, an interactive experience that will take you back over 350 years into a murky, conflicted 17th century Worcester of fiery debates. Experience life as a soldier 300 miles from home, test your skills at battle strategy and come face-to-face with Oliver Cromwell. The Commandery is the perfect place for a family day out - get to know your fearsome weapons, get stuck into our interactive displays or become a Commandery explorer with our trail backpacks. The Commandery also has its own gardens and an independent cafe, Commandery Coffee, which serves delicious home-made food, artisan coffee and loose leaf teas.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU, England
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+44 1905 361821
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This small museum is a great place to learn about Worcester's role in the Civil War in England. The museum has hands on activities as well as plenty of visual displays and talks offered by volunteers who are very passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is well worth a visit. So central to the Civil War , its start and its last battle , the buildings and grounds are left in that era. With Artillery pieces in the gardens . The exhibitions and explanation cards are well laid...More

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Charlie F, Marketing Officer at The Commandery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for recommending us, and posting some feedback about your visit - we're very glad to hear that you found the layout easy to follow and enjoyed our new exhibition. Children are indeed free (up to the age of 16 years).

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant mix of a contemporary visuals used in more modern museums eschewing the clutter you might expect with such a subject matter as a civil war. It’s hard to believe this museum has quite so many fact-filled rooms from the outside, with easy to...More

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Charlie F, Marketing Officer at The Commandery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you - we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our new interactive exhibition. We are often told that The Commandery is bigger than it looks! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited during the celebrations for Oak Apple Day (Charles ii birthday). There were lots of events laid on- live musket firing, troop inspection, making oak leaf decorations, popular games of the times, Morris dancers etc. Even without these things there are lots of interactive...More

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Charlie F, Marketing Officer at The Commandery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this review of our Oak Apple Day celebrations, and for coming to celebrate Charles II's birthday with us! We're very pleased to hear your positive feedback about The Commandery, and will pass on your comments to our staff.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worcester's history is a jewel in its crown. And like the Cathedral, The Commandery is a sparkling example of the City's past. Unlike American cities, which have a plethora of signs depicting where historic events occurred, e.g. Philadelphia, "where it all began", Worcester has always...More

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Charlie F, Marketing Officer at The Commandery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this lovely review of The Commandery's exhibition. We are very proud of the events that happened right here in Worcester, in relation to the development of democracy. We are delighted to hear to you are planning to return!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent place to see the history of Worcester from earlier times through the Civil War and up to modern times. The self tour through the many rooms and buildings is quite fascinating.

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Charlie F, Marketing Officer at The Commandery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving us this review - we are very pleased to know that you have enjoyed our self-guided exhibition about Worcester in the English Civil War, which was introduced last year.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guides were well informed. The initial film was very helpful. The museum is delightfully aimed at school children, but adults can learn a lot.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

so much to see and do behind the walls of this building. once again the staff are dedicated to their environment and to ensuring all their visitors regardless of age can enjoy and learn all about the importance of this building, not just on one...More

Thank Mary M
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Charlie F, Marketing Officer at The Commandery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for leaving us this dazzling review - we will make sure that we pass your comments onto our staff, who work very hard to bring visitors the best experience possible.

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Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

I took my daughter 9 an son 14 to find out about some of the history of Worcester I thought we where only going to be there about an hour max thinking it was just a small place but when we got there we where...More

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Charlie F, Marketing Officer at The Commandery, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

Thank you for your very positive review - we're so happy to hear that the whole family wants to visit again soon! We are frequently told that the site is surprisingly 'bigger on the inside', and we're also always working on updating the exhibition in...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018

This lovely old building has seen a lot a changes throughout the centuries. It's history is well documented in an audio-visual presentation in one of the rooms. It is probably best known for being the command post for the royalist forces in Worcester during the...More

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Charlie F, Marketing Officer at The Commandery, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2018

Thank you very much for your valuable feedback, we're glad that you enjoyed our new exhibition, Worcester's Civil War Story and will make the interpretation team aware of your comments. We also host regular events with living history and re-enactors, which are an ideal time...More

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Juliet L
August 24, 2016|
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Response from Charlie F | Property representative |
Thank you for your feedback. The English Civil War has always played an important role on our work at the Commandery. Items that you have seen previously were on temporary loans, but we are currently working on new... More
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