We are pleased to have reopened and to be welcoming back visitors. We have new safety measures and visitor guidance in place – please read through them here after browsing this page. We advise that you contact us before your visit, to confirm our opening times that day.

The route around the building will be one-way and clearly signed. To maintain social distancing, our Canal Wing will be closed meaning you will not be able to see our small Medieval exhibition or the Painted Chamber, admission prices have been reduced to reflect this. However, visitors can still enjoy our Garden Wing which includes the Civil War Story, Tudor Rooms, Georgian Rooms and Presidents’ Rooms as well as our magnificent Great Hall and beautiful Gardens.

For your safety, we have also removed many interactive elements in our exhibitions temporarily.

In common with all hospitality venues, Museums Worcestershire is supporting NHS Test and Trace by keeping a temporary register of all museum visitors. To do this we will need you to complete a very short form either by email or with our staff on entry to our museums. Your data privacy is important to us and full details of its storage and use will be available for you to read.

Welcome to The Commandery

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.

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The Commandery – Worcester is accredited by the Visit England Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme (VAQAS) and has earned the VAQAS mark for the high standard of our museum and visitor experience.

Worcester’s Civil War Story

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. Experience life as a soldier 300 miles from home, test your skills at battle strategy and come face-to-face with Oliver Cromwell.

Visiting the Commandery

The Commandery is the perfect place for a family day out – get to know your fearsome weapons, get stuck into our historic displays or become a Commandery explorer in our gardens. We also have an independent café on site, Commandery Coffee, which serves delicious home-made food, artisan coffee and loose leaf teas.

Opening Times

DayTimes
Tuesday to Saturday:10:00-17:00*
Sunday11:00-15:00*

*Last entrance is one hour before closing.

Open February to December. Please note The Commandery is closed for the month of January every year.

In 2020 the Commandery is also open on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August, 10am-5pm.

Admission

Currently accepting card payments only. These prices are reduced to reflect the temporary closure of the Medieval Exhibition and Painted Chamber, necessary to maintain social distancing during your visit.

VisitorPrice
Adult£5.00
Adult Season Ticket - Annual Pass£12.00
Children under 5FREE
Children 5-16 years old£2.00
Family Ticket (up to 2 adults & 3 children)£12.00
Worcester Resident - Adult Annual Pass£5.00
Worcester Resident - Family Annual Pass£12.00
Special Group Tours - led by our knowledgeable interpretation team (we cannot accommodate these right now but are happy to take bookings for 2021).£60.00 per group

If you are purchasing an annual or resident pass for The Commandery, please assist our staff by downloading and filling in the form in advance here.

Read more about the Commandery’s Worcester resident passes and how to purchase yours.

Coaches and Parking

We are not currently able to accommodate group visits due to social distancing measures, but are happy to take advanced bookings for 2021.

There is a drop-off point for coach parties outside the Museum of Royal Worcester, and coach parking available in Croft Road car park. There are two Pay and Display car parks opposite the building on King Street and Commandery Road.

We are pleased to offer free entry to the museum for coach drivers, who can also claim a free £10 voucher from the Worcester Tourist Information Centre in the city centre to spend on food and drink at participating businesses during their day. Visit the Worcester BID website for further information about this offer.

Events

Museums Worcestershire offers a varied programme of activities and events as well as offering the visitor the chance to explore our venues’ fascinating histories.

August 2020
October 2020
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Accessibility/Visitor Facilities

The Commandery offers:

If you require level access entrance to the museum please call 01905 361821 or email commandery@museumsworcestershire.org.uk and we would be happy to assist you.

Temporary safety measures due to social distancing guidelines:

Toilets will be limited to use by one person or household at a time, and our accessible toilet and baby change will be made available on request.

Our lift should only be used if you are unable to use the stairs, and can only be used by one person or household at a time.

Read the full list of safety measures & guidance for planning your visit here.

It is possible that there may be other changes to access arrangements as we attempt to find the safest solutions to the current coronavirus guidelines. If you have any particular concerns please call us before visiting to discuss the measures that are in place at that time.

Contact

Commandery Shop

The Commandery Shop is located at the front of this charming Grade 1 listed, timber framed building and stocks an excellent range of traditional toys and sweets, books, cards, and gifts to suit all pockets. Access to the shop is at the front of the building, so if you decide you need that special card or gift you can just pop in at any time during opening hours. The shop, where admission tickets are sold, can be reached over a short section of low cobbles. If you prefer cobble free access please telephone us (01905 361821) when you are at the door next to the main gates, on the main street, and we will open that door for you.

The Commandery Shop will be temporarily closed as we reopen the museum in line with social distancing guidelines. Admission will be conducted in the Great Hall.

Commandery Coffee

Commandery Coffee is a local, independent artisan coffee shop. Situated within the historic Commandery, along with seats in the beautiful canal-side garden, enjoy artisan coffee, loose leaf teas, and a delicious range of homemade food including gluten free and vegan options.

You can visit by entering through The Commandery or pop by just for a drink via the canal-side entrance.

Open Tues – Sat (10am-5pm) and Sun (11am-3pm).

Commandery Coffee will reopen in line with museum opening hours, offering seated service from Saturday 4 July. Tables are spaced to maintain social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures will be in place.
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