Top places to live in Worcestershire Droitwich Spa
With a lovely Lido, acclaimed schools and a buzzing metro-feel centre, Droitwich is bang on the money for families searching for a rural retreat with a bit of life. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
An historic spa town with a newly restored (and rather glorious) Lido in the summer months, Droitwich is spot-on if you want proximity to rural life but with plenty of metro-buzz right on-tap. The Wychavon District, which it’s located in, often ranks high in the top 20 of best places to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey) and it’s frequently described as a ‘very friendly’ town. Filled with Georgian and Victorian houses, it’s a great place if you’re looking for a period home. St Peter’s Road, Corbett Avenue and Tagwell Road have many of the largest properties, some with drool-worthy views over Droitwich Lido Park. Near the town centre you’ll find Vines Park too which is a honey-pot for families, with the Severn canals network meandering through it, along with pretty moorings and locks.
There’s a helluva’ lot of choice for eating out here. Popular places include Park’s Cafe in the historic centre, the Michelin Guide-recognised Entouraj with its award-winning head chef Sudha Saha, or The Robin Hood for a serving of country pub grub, log fires and comfy sofas. Or, head to Portofino for posh pasta and Prosecco.
St Andrew’s Square has many high street favourites but head to Droitwich’s independents such as Mad About Mutts, a beautifully presented doggy-boutique packed with lovely pet items. Or the Droitwich Florist for fresh, hand-cut blooms. Ten minutes out of town is the Jinney Ring Craft Centre, where you can buy lovely one-offs, gifts and homewares, and watch skilled craftspeople at work at the same time – all situated in an atmospheric, 200 year old barn. Churchfields FarmShop with its herd of 110 dairy cows on site is also a lovely visit.
The 40m Arts and Crafts style Droitwich Spa Lido is one of Britain’s last remaining inland, open air saltwater pools. Revamped in 2017, the water is heated to the same temp as the Med sea (23°c) and features a sun terrace, café and children’s wet play area with water cannons and fountains. Kids (and big kids) will love the Aquadventure Park at Aztec Adventure nearby. Or for more sedate adventures go to the Christopher Cadbury Nature Reserve – perfect for a spot of twitching, or glide down the river on a boat trip. For National Trust fun there’s the stately Hanbury Hall nearby with its ornamental gardens and acres of parkland.
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For an all-girls education at a well regarded school check out RGS Dodderhill, for ages 4 to 16, with a co-ed nursery from 2 upwards. Or, opt for Abberley Hall School, a day and boarding co-ed for ages 2 to 13 in an idyllic Swallows and Amazons setting. The excellent King’s School and popular Royal Grammar dominate in the area too (15 minutes away). Both of which have pre-prep and prep schools allowing children to stay at the same school from ages 3 to 18.
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The town is situated on massive mounds of salt, which has been extracted here since ancient times. The natural Droitwich brine is ten times stronger than sea water and rivalled only by the Dead Sea! There’s currently a local campaign to bring back the old Victorian Brine Baths (famous for their health-giving properties) once enjoyed by athletes and the rich and famous.
Very easy, Droitwich Spa has its own mainline station meaning you can be in London in two and a half hours (fastest journey time being two hours 10 minutes). It is 22 miles south of Birmingham and 7 miles north of Worcester.
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