The Commandery
The Commandery
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11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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. The Commandery is the perfect place for a family day out, with its own gardens and independent cafe, Commandery Coffee, which serves delicious home-made food, artisan coffee and loose leaf teas. Fancy an extra challenge? Get your team together and challenge yourselves to the exciting escape room, Commandery Quest!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • lincolnhatter
    Lincoln, United Kingdom796 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Royalist and a Roundhead
    Now me and Mrs C are pretty in tune with each other when it comes to history eg we both believe that Richard III was a good King and Henry Vii was an usurper, but when it comes to the English Civil War we are on different sides, she is a Royalist though I suspect this a lot to do with feathery hats, whereas I'm a Roundhead, power to the people etc, so a visit to The Commandery was a must!! Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here, the Great Hall is an excellent room with an unusual hammerbeam ceiling and has a quirky video of the houses inhabitants over the years, and you follow through a historical journey of the building, lots of info and exhibits from Civil War to printing works. The painted room is a spectacular example of its type, and I found the School for the Blind interesting, and I learnt a lot about the Battle of Worcester, well worth a visit
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Karen M
    53 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but could be expanded
    Interesting but limited exhibits. I liked what was there but expected more. Lovely building. I understand they will be moving the military display (which is very good) from the current city art museum which I think is a good plan and will make the Commandery more worthwhile and bring together everything with this theme.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • H.H
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating historical building
    We much enjoyed our visit yesterday. The staff were welcoming and warm, the building itself is fascinating and we really enjoyed walking around reading about the history of various parts. The signs and interactive displays were great too. I discovered that Braille is hard! :) And even the more recent history, with the printing press, was really interesting too. Altogether a positive experience and I'd gladly return!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Lindsay H
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting for adults and good for kids too
    Brilliant visit. I knew little about Worcesters part in the civil war and feel like an expert now after reading every single sign! It’s an amazing building and seeing how it was used throughout history was really interesting. Very beautiful old hall. Plenty of children to do aswell, dress up, treasure hunt etc. didn’t try the escape rooms but did pop in the cafe for a cup of tea. The menu looked really good and you don’t have to have a museum ticket to visit the cafe. Highly recommend the museum.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Tour11541839905
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unforgettable morning at the Commandery.
    I accompanied my visually impaired friend and her guide dog on a visit to the Commandery. She had booked a volunteer guide who was exceptional. He was so knowledgeable and considerate and made the history of that time come alive for us.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 March 2024
  • Michael H
    Martock, United Kingdom594 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant!
    There is so much to see in the Commandery. Although it looks small from the outside it is in fact an extensive site. The buildings themselves are remarkable and although some rooms lack detail others make up for it. The first stop is the Great Hall. As well as the room itself there is a short visual presentation. Although it is not well signed this covers the history of the property through the ages covering the civil war, a US presidential visit, a school for the blind and a printing works. During the remainder of your visit you will find historical evidence of all these. Next stop is the garden and you can proceed along the area tracing the history of the civil war and highlighting the significance of the two battles at Worcester. Continue and you will find Tudor and Georgian rooms. The other wing contains the true highlight of the property in the wall paintings of various saints. Truly remarkable and a must see. If you find yourself at the exit and have not seen this, ask, and go,find! You will see references to Elgar and the school for the blind. The site provides on site parking for blue badge holders - you need to book - and ask for directions in advance. The city car park opposite is just as close. If you park on site you will see the Birmingham and Worcester canal and a narrow lock! The site can provide a wheelchair but be aware that there is some uneven parts to traverse. Overall a wonderful place to visit and spend at least 2 hours. While finding your way around can be fun more signs would be incredibly helpful to ensure visitors see all that there is to see. Some earlier posts suggesting a lack of content indicate some visitors did not find all!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 April 2024
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Wild Bill
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were looking for something to do to escape from Storm Dennis and based on a recommendation by a lady at the cathedral, after lunch, we popped down to The Commandery. I'd not been since I was a kid growing up in the shire but we had a fantastic time. The kids loved trying period clothes on, watching the flintlock rifle display and joining in with the medieval dancing. Great day out and we'll be back. Thanks
Written 17 February 2020
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Mike T.
Derby, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
An excellent museum based largely on the English Civil War. The museum I'd based in the old headquarters during the English Civil War and it is filled with interesting information about said War. I learned a lot from my visit and was really inspired to go away and learn more about Worcesters role in the War. I was also inspired to visit nearby locations with connections to the war and the building. I would highly recommend this museum to anyone with an interest in either local history or Worcester or in the English Civil war.
Written 1 June 2022
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ROGER-TRIDENT
Guildford, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The Commandery is a must see if you are visiting Worcester, as it has played such an important part in the towns history. I visited in early December 2020 where I was greeted by a very cheerful and friendly staff member at reception. The self conducted tour around the Commandery and the Civil War experience is excellent in these superbly well kept historic buildings with well curated exhibits and information panels throughout. Well worth a visit and very good value. Allow around an hour to see everything.
Written 6 December 2020
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Thank you for visiting us and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We are proud of our knowledgeable and committed staff, but it’s always great to hear that their hard work is appreciated by our visitors. We hope you can visit us again soon.
Written 26 August 2021
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AthensBulldawg
Athens GA997 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Commandery is museum that brings the role of Worcester in the English Civil War to life. It sits on the location where the Royalists were defeated and Charles II was forced to flee disguised as a woman. The building has had a rich history, with details revealed and illustrated during the walk through the building. The cost is modest and well worth the opportunity. A film, featuring re-enactment actors, projected on the wall of a large room on the main level was particularly well done. A must stop of anyone interested in English history.
Written 2 July 2022
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lincolnhatter
Lincoln, UK796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Now me and Mrs C are pretty in tune with each other when it comes to history eg we both believe that Richard III was a good King and Henry Vii was an usurper, but when it comes to the English Civil War we are on different sides, she is a Royalist though I suspect this a lot to do with feathery hats, whereas I'm a Roundhead, power to the people etc, so a visit to The Commandery was a must!!

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here, the Great Hall is an excellent room with an unusual hammerbeam ceiling and has a quirky video of the houses inhabitants over the years, and you follow through a historical journey of the building, lots of info and exhibits from Civil War to printing works.

The painted room is a spectacular example of its type, and I found the School for the Blind interesting, and I learnt a lot about the Battle of Worcester, well worth a visit
Written 21 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael H
Martock, UK594 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
There is so much to see in the Commandery. Although it looks small from the outside it is in fact an extensive site. The buildings themselves are remarkable and although some rooms lack detail others make up for it. The first stop is the Great Hall. As well as the room itself there is a short visual presentation. Although it is not well signed this covers the history of the property through the ages covering the civil war, a US presidential visit, a school for the blind and a printing works. During the remainder of your visit you will find historical evidence of all these. Next stop is the garden and you can proceed along the area tracing the history of the civil war and highlighting the significance of the two battles at Worcester. Continue and you will find Tudor and Georgian rooms. The other wing contains the true highlight of the property in the wall paintings of various saints. Truly remarkable and a must see. If you find yourself at the exit and have not seen this, ask, and go,find! You will see references to Elgar and the school for the blind.

The site provides on site parking for blue badge holders - you need to book - and ask for directions in advance. The city car park opposite is just as close. If you park on site you will see the Birmingham and Worcester canal and a narrow lock! The site can provide a wheelchair but be aware that there is some uneven parts to traverse.

Overall a wonderful place to visit and spend at least 2 hours. While finding your way around can be fun more signs would be incredibly helpful to ensure visitors see all that there is to see. Some earlier posts suggesting a lack of content indicate some visitors did not find all!
Written 16 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Karen M
53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Interesting but limited exhibits. I liked what was there but expected more. Lovely building. I understand they will be moving the military display (which is very good) from the current city art museum which I think is a good plan and will make the Commandery more worthwhile and bring together everything with this theme.
Written 31 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

H.H
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We much enjoyed our visit yesterday. The staff were welcoming and warm, the building itself is fascinating and we really enjoyed walking around reading about the history of various parts. The signs and interactive displays were great too. I discovered that Braille is hard! :) And even the more recent history, with the printing press, was really interesting too.
Altogether a positive experience and I'd gladly return!
Written 29 October 2023
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NB1957
655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A very well maintained building with a very interesting history. The floor plan was essential for seeing the whole of it and understanding the layout. Bearing in mind its significance during the Civil War it would have been nice if more had been made of this.
Written 5 August 2021
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Thank you for visiting us and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Feedback is always appreciated as it helps us shape our future work, so it is great you left us such a thoughtful review. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Written 26 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lindsay H
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Brilliant visit. I knew little about Worcesters part in the civil war and feel like an expert now after reading every single sign!
It’s an amazing building and seeing how it was used throughout history was really interesting. Very beautiful old hall.
Plenty of children to do aswell, dress up, treasure hunt etc.
didn’t try the escape rooms but did pop in the cafe for a cup of tea. The menu looked really good and you don’t have to have a museum ticket to visit the cafe.
Highly recommend the museum.
Written 14 February 2024
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