Sat on the fertile banks of the river Teme, surrounded by lush orchards and fruitful farmland is the market town of Tenbury Wells. Once said to have been called “my little Town in the Orchard” by Queen Victoria, it is now perhaps best known for its annual holly and mistletoe sales which are one of the largest in the country.
Traditionally a market town, and conveniently located near some of England’s richest farmland, Tenbury still retains the kind of retailers that are now distant memories for many towns such as Banfield’s Ironmongers; trading hardware since the 1800’s. There is also a fresh Fish Shop, a range of gift and clothes shops and grocers selling local produce.
As is its tradition, markets are still a regular feature of Tenbury. The historic Round Market is open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm and on a Tuesdays, you can visit the Country Market in the Scout Hut next to the Swimming Pool where you can buy plants, crafts and local produce.
Taking a leisurely walk around the town visitors will notice the wide range of interesting architecture Tenbury is home to. By virtue of being an ancient town different periods are visible in proximity. Observant visitors will spot unusual Georgian buildings, 17th century half-timbered pubs, the unique 1860’s “Chinese- Gothic” Pump Rooms and medieval bridge crossing the Teme.
Visitors are made very welcome to the town.
Mr Thom’s Finest Chocolates, Sweets and Ices
ST MARY’S CHURCH
St Mary’s Church, much restored in the 19th century after flood damage, has a Norman Tower and inside the well preserved Acton Tombs and the shaft of an Anglo Saxon Cross.
James Cranston also designed the oval-shaped, Round Market to enable farmers’ wives sell their butter and poultry inside, with walls to keep out the winds and rain.
Tenbury’s most bizarre building is the Pump Rooms designed in the Chinese Gothic Style by James Cranston of Birmingham. Inspiration came to him after some greenhouses he had designed, replacing the glass by wrought iron sheets. It was one of the earliest examples of prefabrication, with the sheets being made in Birmingham and assembled on site. Tenbury Wells had the ‘Wells’ added to its name last century to help promote the Mineral Water Wells that had been found in the town from 1840 onwards.
One of the buildings on the trail is the Tenbury Museum on Cross Street. One showcase is dedicated to a set of gruesome old surgical instruments donated by Tenbury Hospital. Local man Dr. Henry Hill Hickman (1800-1830) practised in Tenbury and pioneered the use of inhalation anaesthesia some two decades before ether and chloroform began to be used.
THE REGAL CINEMA
The Regal Cinema first opened its doors in 1937. This wonderful example of an art deco cinema has recently been fully restored and fitted out with the very latest projection equipment and now benefits from modern heating and onsite catering facilities.
Visit the town of Tenbury Wells and the picturesque Teme Vally in the north of the area for a great selection of independent shops and retailers selling an assortment of products, from luxury gift hampers and tasty chocolates to men’s clothing and gifts, with many more shops to browse along the way. The main shopping streets are Teme Street and Market Street, with markets taking place in The Round Market throughout the year.
Plan Your Visit to Tenbury
Find out about how to get here, car parking, our Tourist Information Centres, and much more in our Plan Your Visit section.
We look forward to seeing you in this beautiful part of Worcestershire soon.
Collect a Town Trail leaflet from the town Tourist Information Centre and follow the route to discover other interesting buildings and facts, or follow the Tenbury Art Trail.
Hidden Tenbury can be explored by downloading the App . QR codes can be found on the blue plaques on buildings within the Town Centre.
There are many walking and cycling routes around the area, the Teme Valley Trail, and hard copies can be found in the Tourist information Centre or online.
Find up to date business listing and day to day information about the area at Tenbury Wells Open For Business: