Top Trip Advisor Tips – Malvern

Activities | Food & Drink

An aerial view of an English town

Don’t just take our word for it, Malvern has been confirmed as a fantastic holiday destination by hundreds of online reviewers on Trip Advisor. We have collated some of the top comments and recommendations from the popular review site to help you get the most out of your visit to Malvern.

Thanks to Jan Sedlacek from Digitlight Photography for the lovely cover image.

Things to Do

Malvern Hills

Green rolling hills in springtime

It’s no surprise that the Malvern Hills, awarded the Travellers Choice from Trip Advisor in 2023, come top in things to do in Malvern. With over 800 5 star ‘Excellent’ reviews this iconic landscape has been praised time and time again. Visitors mention the fantastic views from the Hills and note that access to Great Malvern for refreshments is a great option for walkers. Praise is also given for the variety of different walks and paths and excellent pubs to stop at en-route. Many walkers choose to highlight the sense of achievement and wellbeing given by summiting the highest peaks of The Malverns – so come and feel it for yourself!

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Great Malvern Priory

Great Malvern Priory

The second option highlighted by Trip Advisor users is Great Malvern Priory, with almost 300 ‘Excellent’ reviews for this ancient religious site. Visitors love the beautiful stained glass windows, the tours are highly recommended and guides are praised for their enthusiasm and knowledge. Visitors advise not to underestimate a Great Malvern Priory as proportions are more akin to a cathedral and there is plenty to see – all for free entry. Whilst in Great Malvern this historic site is a must see.

Great Malvern Priory

Malvern Museum of Local History

Malvern Museum Gatehouse north side

Something of a hidden gem, Trip Advisor users urge visitors to Great Malvern not to miss out on a trip to Malvern Museum of Local History. Located in the beautiful Abbey Gateway building, itself a scheduled ancient monument built in the 15th century, the museum is described as oozing with stories. The small museum packs in everything on Malverns local history from The Water Cure and Elgar to Radar and Morgan Motors. Visitors promise that the museum is excellent value for money with activities suitable for children as well as good audio commentary.

Malvern Museum

Malvern Tourist Information Centre

According to Trip Advisor users a visit to Malvern Tourist Information Centre is the gateway to your visit to Malvern. The centre is described as a mine of information and knowledge as well as the booking and starting point for the much praised Malvern Town Walks. Visitors to the centre describe welcoming and helpful staff who give useful, personalised and detailed information – leading to a fantastic experience in The Malverns.

Malvern tourist Information centre

Malvern Theatres

Malvern Theatres exterior

Malverns top entertainment venue comes out with lots of praise from Trip Advisor users. Visitors mention the high quality of shows as well as the light and airy atmosphere of the building itself. Many visitors felt that their visit to the Theatre was improved by the fantastic onsite bistro, ease of parking and comfortable seating.

Malvern Theatres

Old Court Nurseries & Picton Garden

The Picton Garden Old Court Nurseries 3

The Old Court Nurseries & Picton Garden is another hidden gem that Trip Advisor users have uncovered as a must see in The Malverns. Established in 1906 this nursery and gardens cultivates rare plants and is famous for its collection of Michaelmas daises. The gardens winding paths lead you to discover a gorgeous display of yellow heritage Narcissus and, as spring gives way to summer, an explosion of colourful herbaceous flowers. Many visitors recommended visiting multiple times throughout the year to get the full experience of all the different flowers. Visitors describe delights around every one of the well maintained winding paths of the gardens – and many come away with their own piece of the gardens from the nursery.

Old Court Nurseries & Picton Garden

Priory Park

Malvern Hills From Priory Park Copyright Jan Sedlacek

Conveniently located in the centre of Great Malvern these former Victorian leisure gardens are thoroughly enjoyed by Trip Advisor users. Commenters mention the peacefulness of the gardens, enjoyment of the mature trees and planting and relaxing nature of the waterfalls and duckpond. Families visiting enjoy the recently refurbished playground and many visitors enjoy just taking in the pretty surrounds of the park – especially appreciating convenient parking and plenty of benches to sit and watch the world go by.

Thanks to Jan Sedlacek from Digitlight Photography for the lovely image of the park.

Priory Park

Morgan Motor Company

Morgan Experience Centre

Boasting over 1,200 ‘Excellent’ reviews Malverns heritage car factory Morgan Motors is a no brainer for your trip to The Malverns. Reviewers encourage even non car enthusiasts to visit the experience centre that offers a museum as well as guided tours of the factory floor. Reviewers heap praise on the knowledgeable factory tour guides and express that the tours are suitable for even car novices as tour guides are adept at explaining technicalities in plain language.

Morgan Motors

Places to Eat

Anupam

Anupam

This stalwart of the Great Malvern restaurant scene has been serving up fine – dining Indian food since 1987 and was awarded the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice for 2023. Trip Advisor reviewers can’t stop raving about the excellent service, gorgeous food and welcoming atmosphere of Anupam. Many reviewers have made repeat visits and assure hungry travellers that a visit is well worth the trip. One reviewer describes the dishes as “faultless” and urges visitors to try the melt-in-the-mouth butter chicken.

Anupam

Abbey Road Coffee

Abbey Road Coffee New

Abbey Road Coffee beats stiff competition in Great Malvern with Trip Advisor reviewers declaring it the number 1 spot for a cup of joe in the town. The excellent quality of the coffee itself is commented upon by visiting coffee connoisseur’s and self proclaimed coffee nerds. The homemade cakes, value for money lunch options and almond croissants were also on the minds of visitors to Abbey Road Coffee. This well loved café is conveniently located on Abbey Road, just past Great Malvern Priory, and makes the perfect pit stop on your trip up or down the Malvern Hills.

Abbey Road Coffee

Le Delice

Trip Advisor reviewers are adept at seeking out hidden gems and give Le Delice bakery in Malvern a perfect 5 star score. Visitors are blown away by the taste of the pastries and cakes at this traditional French bakery and deli. The authenticity of Le Delice is it’s number one selling point with produce arriving weekly from France and pastries made fresh daily.

Le Delice

The Nags Head

Praised as the “best pub in Malvern” The Nags Head is not only a place to grab a real ale, but Trip Advisor reviewers also commend their food offering. Getting a mention are the roast dinners, with proper crispy roasties, and the ever traditional pie and mash. Loved by locals and visitors alike The Nags Head has a bustling atmosphere and plenty of well trained staff running this well oiled machine.

The Nags Head

The Fig

The Fig outdoor space

The Fig is another recipient of the 2023 Travellers Choice from Trip Advisor it is customer service that stands out in their reviews. With over 600 visitors giving either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ ratings you cant go far wrong when you choose to stop at The Fig for a bite. Customers praise the friendly, helpful and professional staff and enjoy the lovely outdoor seating area – eating in the shade of a fig tree.

The Fig

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