Worcester's Civil War Story at The Commandery

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Discover Worcester's Civil Story through a new interactive experience at The Commandery.

The Civil War City

Worcester witnessed the opening and closing battles of the Civil War, ending in a final clash between Royalists and Parliamentarians in the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The Commandery served as battle headquarters for the Royalist army and their defeat is a defining moment in the evolution of modern day democracy.

An Immersive Experience

The Commandery's new interactive experience takes you back 350 years into a murky, conflicted 17th century Worcester of fiery debates, gunpowder and dank city streets.

Master tactical techniques with the battlefield strategy interactive and uncover the stories of families torn apart by war. Meet countless characters on the journey, coming face to face with the formidable Oliver Cromwell and learn about the visit of future US Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Worcester in 1786.

A young boy and a re-enactor dressed up in 17th century costume, holding weaponry of the period, in a timber-framed room

A Brilliant Opening Weekend

The Commandery opened the gates to its new interactive experience Worcester's Civil War Story on Saturday 29th July and throughout the weekend The Commandery was brought to life by the UK's oldest re-enactment society the Sealed Knot, who provided entertainment for visitors including living history, short cameos and displays of arms. Costumed Commandery interpretation staff within the exhibition gave visitors an introduction to the new displays.

See more photos from the opening weekend

Fun for all the family

Join in! The Commandery is the perfect place for a family day out. You can try on some Civil War armour, get to know your fearsome weapons or relax in our beautiful Commandery gardens. Become a Commandery explorer with our new backpack, including trails, puzzles and hands-on historical activities plus enjoy special activities every holiday. Our younger visitors can enjoy Fort Royal Park's Civil War themed play area.

Find out about special events coming up at The Commandery

Behind the Scenes

Entry Prices

  • Adults £5.95 (£4.95*)
  • Children go FREE 
  • Season Ticket (annual) £10.95 (£9.95*)
  • A Worcester Residents' Annual Pass is just £5**

*Concession & Students (17+) prices
**Please bring your Council Tax bill as proof of residency to quality for a £5 ticket

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Supporters

The Commandery is very grateful to the following for their financial support of Worcester's Civil War Story 2017:

Heritage Lottery Fund
Lottery Funded   Worcester City Council   Worcestershire County CouncilSupported using public funding by Arts Council England

Thank you to our partners for their contribution towards the new displays and events programme:

  • The Sealed Knot
  • The Battle of Worcester Society
  • Friends of Worcester City Museums
  • Worcester Re-enactors
  • Worcestershire Ambassadors
  • Worcester War Games
  • The Chaise Longue Company
  • Raise Partnership, Strategic Project Managers of The Commandery Refurbishment 2017