Take A Malvern Town Tour with the Malvern Civic Society


Photo of Malvhina water spout in Great Malvern

This article was published in 2022. For updated information for the 2024 season, visit the Malvern Town Walks page.

This year sees the 180th anniversary of the opening, in the summer of 1842, of Great Malvern’s first Water Cure establishment. The rest, as they say, is history…

And you can learn all about this history on an Official Malvern Civic Society Town Walking Tour. After a successful – and extended – 2021 season, this year’s programme has just started. Take a tour and you’ll hear tales of the famous patients and the infamous scandals of the Water Cure, the ‘boffins’ who played such an important part in World War II, the life and times of Sir Edward Elgar (local resident and celebrity cyclist), the history of the Priory, the town’s connections with Narnia and the Lord of the Rings – and so much more…. Always entertaining and thought-provoking.

All the volunteer guides are fully trained by the Civic Society. Each has his or her own areas of particular interest, so tour content and route may vary.

The 2022 season runs until the end of September. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and start at the Tourist Information Centre, Lyttelton Well, Church Street, Great Malvern at 10.30am every Saturday and Monday. Please check with the TIC for the latest information and bookings: 01684 892289. Tours are subject to guide availability. Tickets are still only £5 each (children under 14, free). A number of tickets for each walk are also available via Ticketsource.

Unfortunately, due to the hilly nature of the town, the walks are not suitable for those with mobility issues. And, sorry, no dogs (except assistance dogs).

Watch the Malvern Town Walks video.