Top 10 Things to do in Bewdley, United Kingdom (UK)

February 18, 2018 Timmy Ribble

Bewdley ( pronunciation) is a small riverside town and civil parish in the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire on the Shropshire border in England, along the Severn Valley a few miles to the west of Kidderminster and 22 miles south west of Birmingham. It lies on the River Severn, at the gateway of the Wyre Forest national nature reserve, and at the time of the 2011 census had a population of 9,470. Bewdley is a popular tourist destination and is known for the Bewdley Bridge designed by Thomas Telford.
Restaurants in Bewdley

1. Go Ape at Wyre Forest

Go Ape Wyre Forest | Callow Hill, Bewdley DY14 9XQ, England +44 845 519 1798
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5 based on 178 reviews

Go Ape at Wyre Forest

Half the species of UK butterflies and moths can be found in our forest in Worcestershire. Our Tree Top Adventure at Wyre Forest, near Kidderminster is home to some of the most significant woodlands in England. Go Ape offers two to three hours of fun and adventure. It's a great way to get outdoors and try some a little bit unique. We take one lush, green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery. Then we add a smattering of tree top high wire, tricky crossings and unforgettable zip wires. And Wyre Forest is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for Junior Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids! If you're looking for days out in Worcestershire, why not get in the Go Ape spirit in one of Britain's largest remaining ancient woodlands? Wyre Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission so there's plenty of other activities for you and your tribe if you're trying to find things to do near Worcester. You can take in the sights and smells of the statuesque oak and fir trees that line the course for great days out, or even make a adventurous weekend of it and explore the 6000-acre forest. Don't forget to enjoy a cuppa in our very own Forest Cafe.

Reviewed By missrab - Birmingham, United Kingdom

I booked this for my partners birthday as he loves extreme sports and this was my worst nightmare !!
You are taken in groups and given a half hour training session then ur on ur own !!!
You have to read the signs and safety yourself , after doing the 1st one there is a sign advising if you wish to turn back do it now and I have to admit I had a wobble and thought he can do it on his own as I don't like heights but I had a change of heart and decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did as I experienced something that I'm happy to say I'd never do again ! It's not the ziplining that bothered me it's the rope Bridges that move and all the things in between,
After zone 3 I did feel like a professional !!! There are 5 zones in total and to be fair you probably could say after any of them your not doing anymore as you start high and end with a zip line to the floor
It took us 3 hours to complete and you get. Certificate at the end to say you've done it!!
My partner got stuck on a zip line at the top as he put his red safety clip in front I blew my whistle a team member on ground floor came running but he managed to get out of it
The crew are not in the trees with you so u are responsible for ur own fate and that's what scared me they do floor walk but when ur in the trees they're miles away!!!
All in all a fabulous time had by all and would highly recommend to anyone that likes to live their life on the edge of their seat
This is not suitable for people who are scared of heights and can't look after themselves !!
My partner is going again I may watch but can safely say my feet will well and truely be attached to the forest floor from now on

2. Museum of Carpet

Museum of Carpet Stour Vale Mill Green Street | Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ, England +44 1562 69028
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Museum of Carpet

Located inside Stour Vale Mill, a beautiful Grade 2 listed building. The Mill was built in 1855 as a carpet factory and until recently it was part of Woodward Grosvenor, carpet manufacturers. We are the only museum in the country that is devoted to carpets and carpet making. Kidderminster has had close association with the carpet industry from the 1700s. The Carpet Museum Trust was established in 1981. As the industry contracted, the Trust began to collect machinery, artefacts, archives and Libraries from the numerous firms in the town. The Trust now has a good collection of machinery showing the important stages in the technical development of carpet making as well as ancillary equipment. There are collections of archives in a variety of forms, ledgers, board minutes, deeds, accounts that have also been acquired from many of the companies around the town. There is also a collection of around 3000 carpet designs, many by significant designers such as Charles Voysey, Edouard Glorget and Bernat Klein. The samples of rugs and carpets illustrate most of the types of carpets, the different fibres and dyes, and the changing styles of design.

Reviewed By davidbsmallwood - Great Malvern, United Kingdom

Run by volunteers, this high quality almost new museum explores the history of carpet making in Kidderminster, with displays, audio and working looms.
I spent over 2 hours there, partly because the staff as so keen to talk about it.
You could get round in hald an hour.

3. Little Owl Farm Park

Owl Hill Lane, Stourport on Severn DY13 9SS, England +44 1905 620325
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4.5 based on 282 reviews

Little Owl Farm Park

Reviewed By AndThenThereWereFive - Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

Visited with our children on a Monday in half-term week in February, having talked about doing so many times but never actually getting around to.
Overall, we thought the farm park was excellent - something of a relief, as some 'farm parks' we have visited have been of a questionable standard. However, this was not the case here and it was difficult for the children to pick what they most preferred.
There is a huge variety of animals, from standard farm issue pigs, sheep and goats, to meerkats, budgies, crawly things and even two rehomed foxes (and it was lovely to see two foxes looking so healthy and happy compared to the scrawny wild ones that live in towns). What struck us was how happy and friendly the animals were - any suggestions in other reviews that the animals are not well-cared-for is untrue.
There were other aspects of the visit the children enjoyed, especially the go-kart rides, the animal handling and the bouncing pillows. There were more than enough hand washing facilities (all with hot water, unlike some farm parks). The cafe appeared to offer fresh food, although we brought our own picnic, and drinks were very reasonably priced.
One criticism: the hand feeding of the lambs proved to be a failure due to the sheer numbers of children queuing up to have a go - yes, it's half term, I get that - but four lambs and four half-full bottles of milk was never going to be enough for the hordes of children that wanted a go and, being at the back of the queue, we decided the sensible thing was to give up on this, which was a shame.

4. Arley Arboretum

A442, Upper Arley DY12 1XG, England +44 1299 861368
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4.5 based on 225 reviews

Arley Arboretum

These beautiful historic Gardens and arboretum dating back to the late 1700's are surrounded by over 1600 acres of countryside within the picturesque village of Upper Arley beside the river Severn. In addition to providing wonderful walks through the grounds there are walks along the banks of the river, all set in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside with far reaching views. Go back in time and watch the Severn Valley Railway trains steam across the hill from one of the magnificent signposted walks. It is a garden that provides the ideal day out for you and your family, a dream escape from the bustle of everyday life. Our proximity to Birmingham, Kidderminster, Wolverhampton, Worcester, the Malverns and Cotswolds makes us the ideal attraction for individuals and groups alike. The estate offers plenty to do for all ages from the Italian garden with its Fountain for the adults, to the dinosaur and fairy trails and maze for the young ones. Arley Estate and Arboretum also provides a unique venue for your wedding reception, civil ceremony, or partnership. There is more to Arley Estate and Arboretum than just a garden. It can also be used for corporate hospitality, promotional and photographic shoots and filming. Furthermore, there is a wonderful tea room, where you can buy a light lunch or full, traditional afternoon tea. We hope you enjoy your visit to Arley Arboretum and Garden and thank you for taking time to look at our Trip Advisor page.

Reviewed By Anna C

The aboretum itself is beautiful and great for children as there's peacocks, chickens, play area and most times you can hear the Severn valley steam engines. I held off writing this review but unfortunately it happened again with the staff and I hope that it's something that can be changed. On more than one occasion now either myself or my husband have been waiting to pay for entry and have been ignored or not even be with you in a minute. The one time I asked to sign in and I was just pushed a piece of paper across with no further comment. If you can't employ staff that have hospitality skills or general customer service then you either need to train them or set service standards. I don't blame the staff I blame the management who should provide clear instructions of their expectations. Anyway the tea room is pleasant enough and a decent outdoor space if preferred.

5. Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle

Stourport Rd, Hartlebury, Kidderminster DY11 7XZ, England +44 1299 250416
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle

Worcestershire County Museum, housed in historic Hartlebury Castle, explores the wonders of Worcestershire through displays of social history, costume, archaeology and an extensive collection of horse drawn vehicles and gypsy caravans. Evocative room sets from different eras also help visitors to discover what life was like for our ancestors. Various family events take place throughout the year. The site also has a café, shop, nature reserve & picnic areas.

Reviewed By Alan T - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

This appears to be a little known museum but is a hidden gem at the moment. I say that because it is receiving significant Lottery funding which it seems will transform many aspects of the facilities.
Hartlebury Castle is not a castle but the historic home of the Bishops of Worcester. The house and outbuildings currently reflect this and are well used and displayed. The cider press and building housing the house drawn carriage collection are particular good examples. The latter has a good collection of gypsy caravans with very informative boards.
On the day we visited there were various extra activities laid on for small children and a room where about 10 live owls were on display. The two exhibitors were very friendly and explained things about the owls that kept the young children engaged.
The main museum consists of many rooms very suitable for young children, including a Victorian schoolroom on the ground floor. The upper floors can be accessed from a large glass lift which is itself interesting for young eyes. On these upper floors is also a toy collection although it would help to have some more hands on exhibits for young minds.
The cafe is slightly disappointing in appearance but the food is reasonable both in terms of quality and price.
If you live within easy reach make use of the family annual pass which pays for itself after 2 visits and if bought soon covers a lot of extra events and potentially the period when the enhanced facilities will become available.it would not surprise me if prices increase significantly over the next few years as it becomes better known and popular.

6. Harvington Hall

Harvington Hall Harvington Hall Lane, Harvington DY10 4LR, England +44 1562 777846
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4.5 based on 262 reviews

Harvington Hall

Reviewed By SIMPOP - West Bromwich, United Kingdom

We were warmly welcomed in the reception area and invited to join a guided tour. The tour was excellent and John, our very friendly and informative guide, told us lots of very interesting facts about the house and its history. Particularly interested to see the priest holes, and how they successfully hid the catholic priests. Excellent visit.

7. Great Witley Church

Off the A443, Great Witley WR6 6JT, England +44 1905 457276
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5 based on 160 reviews

Great Witley Church

Reviewed By Topkoppite - Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

A stunning italinate decorated working parish church that is free to enter. We visited on Bank holiday Monday and enjoyes the beautiful interior. In some respects the church was 'dumbed down' by the craft/art fayre that was draped over every surface. But hey the church does cost money to keep in such a beautiful state.

8. Zombie Boot Camp

6a Rushock Trading Estate | Droitwich Road, Droitwich WR9 0NR, England +44 1386 641085
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5 based on 542 reviews

Zombie Boot Camp

Reviewed By ruggabs - Angmering, United Kingdom

My sister in law and I had booked the zombie boot camp experience as a surprise birthday gift for our partners. We live 3 hours away so had planned to make a weekend of it and stay over in a local hotel.
When we originally booked we had paid for the 3pm session, after booking we were told the 3pm session would not be going ahead and could we reschedule our plans and make the 10am session - this was extremely inconvenient for us but we changed our plans and looked forward to surprising our partners.
We left at 6am to insure we arrived in plenty of time. On arrival it didn’t seem clear where we had to go, as we was early we waited around hoping somebody would appear. We waited for over an hour, in the cold and no one showed up. Others who had booked onto the same morning session arrived and we were all left outside waiting around. We phoned the number given to us and eventually after many attempts got through to Natalie the office manager.
Somehow there had been a mix up - and the morning session was no longer going ahead. We arrived at 9am and wasn’t given this information until 10.30am. Natalie had informed us she could try and arrange the same session to go ahead for 1pm that same day however the others who had booked could not do that time as they had other commitments they had paid for later that day. So no zombie boot camp session was to go ahead at all now for the whole day.
Natalie was very apologetic however our surprise weekend which was solely planned around this zombie boot camp had been ruined. We couldn’t book into our hotel until 2pm and there is nothing local we could go and do. What a huge disappointment. We have asked to speak to the managing director - Major R Fitter, but have been told he is in all day meetings or away on training and does not like to speak to customers!
We would like a refund and for this matter to be resolved so I sincerely hope Major R Fitter can take some time out from his meetings and have the decency to speak to us and offer us a refund and an acceptable good will gesture for the inconvenience this has caused us.

9. Kinver Edge Rock Houses

Holy Austin Rock House Compton Road | Compton Road, Kinver, Stourbridge DY7 6DL, England +44 1384 872553
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4.5 based on 293 reviews

Kinver Edge Rock Houses

With sweeping views, a wildlife haven in the heath and unique homes carved straight into the rock...Kinver Edge is full of surprises. The famous Holy Austin Rock Houses are cosily restored to help you soak up the atmosphere of these unusual homes. Get comfortable by the fire and our volunteers will tell you tales of the people that lived right inside the rock. Just outside is the heathland of Kinver Edge - a pocket of Wilderness, buzzing with insects and heady with the scent of gorse and purple heather. A stroll along the sandstone ridge offers dramatic views across surrounding counties from the ramparts of an imposing Iron Age Hill Fort. Beyond the views miles of walking country awaits, winding through birch and oak woodland and exposed areas of red sandstone geology.

Reviewed By Aitch48 - Lichfield, United Kingdom

We visited Kinver Edge to take the dog for a walk. What a lovely area with great views and scenery. The Rock Houses were closed and due to reopen 17th February. We will definitely return in the summer and try out the tea room. Worth a visit.

10. Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Museum Load Street, Bewdley DY12 2AE, England +44 845 603 5699
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4.5 based on 370 reviews

Bewdley Museum

Reviewed By arh52 - Derby, United Kingdom

Although the museum is relatively small, it's well worth visiting. My friend and I spent a good couple of hours going round it, only leaving because we were meeting up with other friends. However, please note that the museum is contained in a number of small buildings with large open doors. As such, it can get cold whilst going round the museum.

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