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Dame Laura Knight: I Paint Today – Worcestershire Travel Itinerary

Follow in the footsteps of Dame Laura Knight with this carefully constructed travel itinerary.

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Dame Laura Knight: I Paint Today is on show at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum from 13 January until 30 June 2024. It is very well known that the artist expressed a love for the Worcestershire countryside, with the area providing inspiration for many of her pieces of work.

Follow in the footsteps of Dame Laura Knight with this carefully constructed travel itinerary. The itinerary, much like her work showcases the beauty of the county, a love letter to Worcestershire – the itinerary follows her journey and encapsulates a number of locations which are reflected in her work.

Day One - Malvern


From 1933 Laura Knight and her husband, Harold were frequent visitors to Malvern and fell in love with the dramatic landscape of the Malvern Hills which became a subject of her much-loved paintings.

The Hills

Dame Laura claimed her best landscape pieces came from Malvern, so take in the historic ancient hill forts, panoramic views and seasonal landscape changes with a trip up the Hills...

A climb to the Worcestershire Beacon is a popular route, being the highest point in Worcestershire.

Worcestershire Beacon - Walking Route

A quick pitstop

Why not stop for a pint in The Unicorn Inn, once where both Laura and Harold stayed for a prolonged visit to Malvern.

Great Malvern Priory

Great Malvern Priory is a Benedictine Church with perpendicular architecture over 900 years old with medieval stained glass, wall tiles and misericords. Laura was with Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw when they planted a mulberry tree for his 80th birthday.

Malvern Winter Gardens (Malvern Theatres)

Malvern Festival was established by Laura’s friend Sir Barry Jackson. Laura painted many of Barry’s London Theatre productions, the Yellow Dress is featured and available to view at the exhibition.

The 99 Steps

Laura painted the ’99 steps’ scene near to Bello Squardo, a house at the top of the 99 steps. Leading to St. Ann’s Well.

This walking route provided by Komoot involves a two-hour walk with plenty of sites of interest to see along the way.

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Make an overnight stay of it!

Mount Pleasant Hotel

Storm over the town, available to view at Worcester Art Gallery and Museum shows the view from the Mount Pleasant Hotel where Laura Knight once stayed on one of her many extended visits to the area.
Why not have a tea on the terrace and enjoy the views which Laura took the pleasure of painting.

Day Two – Worcester

Trains from Great Malvern to Worcester Foregate Street are regular with either West Midlands Railway or GWR. Allowing for an easy connection between Malvern and Worcester.

Visit the exhibition at Worcester Art Museum & Art Gallery.

I Paint Today brings a stirring selection of Knight’s work to Worcestershire and focuses on key events, characters and achievements which helped to shape her life and career. Works from the Worcester City collection will be joined by loans from regional and national collections including the Imperial War Museum, to help tell the story of a woman who grew out of the Victorian era and developed and adapted her craft through a period of tumultuous change.

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Grab a fresh coffee and cake from the onsite café, The Balcony. Nestled in glorious Victorian architecture.

Whilst in Worcester, experience the city’s further heritage to a trip to either The Commandery, Museum of Royal Worcester or Worcester Cathedral.

Finish the day with an excellent meal in one of Worcester’s independent restaurants.

Best for roasts – The Paul Pry
Juicy burgers – Burger Shop
Taste of Italy – Benedictos
British dishes – Friar Street Kitchen

Photo credit

Sundown, c.1955 (oil on canvas), Knight, Laura (1877-1970) / Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands, UK / © Wolverhampton Art Gallery / © Estate of Dame Laura Knight. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images

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Malvern Hills AONB

The Malvern Hills are the largest area of open common land in the West Midlands over 3000 acres of open space, providing good walking and wildlife viewing, it also offers horse riding routes excellent jumping off point for hang gliders.

The Malvern Hills are a 15km range of ancient rocks made up of a complex assemblage of crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks (granite) of pre-Cambrian age…

Great Malvern Priory

Great Malvern Priory is a large Anglican church with an active congregation - each Sunday 200 or more gather to worship and as you will see in our logo, "All for Jesus" is our aim and purpose. You are welcome to join us for worship or just to come and enjoy the presence of God while walking round the magnificent building - made special by almost a thousand years of prayer.

Through all the…

Malvern Theatres

The 800-seat Festival Theatre is famous for its programme of top touring drama and musicals.

Nestling at the foot of the Malvern Hills, Malvern Theatres is a major centre for the arts in the West Midlands. Home of the famous Malvern Festivals, founded by Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson in 1929 and in 1998 re-opened after a 5million lottery refurbishment.

Hailed both locally and nationally as a…

Mount Pleasant Hotel

Mount Pleasant Hotel is an independent 18 bedroom Georgian hotel nestled in the heart of Great Malvern, on Belle Vue Terrace, with a its modern contemporary ambience, incredible views and a comfortable relaxed atmosphere.
The hotel is located right next door to the gateway to the Malvern Hills providing great access to many famous walking routes and local attractions. Some function rooms and…

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Housed in a beautiful Victorian building, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum runs a lively programme of exhibitions, activities and events for all the family.
From fossils and the Worcestershire sauce archive to the 20th-century Steward’s Chemist Shop (open to walk around in on the first Friday of every month), there's a lot to explore in the museum. Look out for the historic chemist shop lamp…

The Commandery

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 of 1651.
The Commandery is the perfect place for a family day out – get to know your fearsome weapons, discover historic displays, and become an explorer in the spacious walled gardens. Experience a pivotal moment…

Worcester Cathedral

Open to visit 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, 1pm to 3pm Sunday.

There is no charge to visit, donations are welcomed.

We're Good to Go' - following all government guidance re covid safety measures.

CafE and Shop is open from 10 am - 4 pm - Monday to Saturday

Turn Up For a Tour is available at 11am or 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday. These Historical Tours of the Cathedral start from the Welcome…

Museum of Royal Worcester

The Museum now houses the finest and most extensive collections of Worcester Porcelain and on entering the visitor is transported to Georgian times and the very start of production when shapes and patterns were copied from the Far east for use in the homes of the very rich. An exquisite rooms setting shows how the table was laid for desert and features an eighteenth century long case clock and a…

The Paul Pry

The building itself dates back to the Victorian era and still has many original features. We offer an eclectic modern pub menu, sourced not only from local suppliers but our own farm too. We boast a cosy and intimate dining room so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Benedicto's Italian Restaurant

Delivering authentic Italian traditional food lies at the heart of our mission, with a strong focus on our homeland in Sicily. We also believe that food tastes better when it’s combines with a great atmosphere, and we are the masters of it!!
This year we are celebrating 20 years of Benedictos, and we cannot wait to have all our regulars and new customers join us to celebrate our success with us.

Burger Shop Worcester

We pride ourselves on making our food from scratch.
We think fresh is best and our skilled chefs make all our sauces, mayos, pickles, and slaws from scratch, meaning we know exactly what goes into our food and ensures everything is freshly made. All of our beef is grass-fed.
Cows are naturally grass-eating vegetarians so it makes sense that they are raised on this natural diet. We believe…

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