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The Firs - Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar

Address : Crown East Lane
Address : Lower Broadheath
Town/City : Worcester
County : Worcestershire
Country : England
Post code : WR2 6RH
Phone : 01905 333 330
Web Site :  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-firs

This popular Museum, dedicated to the life and times of England's best loved composer, is situated 3 miles west of the cathedral city of Worcester.



The Firs, Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar is open seven days a week, all year round with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Elgar lived here for the first two years of his life and significantly said of his birthplace "I don't expect much from the nation, but if they ever think it worthwhile, I wish they would buy this little cottage, it's the only wish I've got, about the nation and me."

The National Trust now holds a five year lease for the stewardship of the property with the mission to keep this gem of a quintessential English cottage and the birthplace of a musical genius open and accessible to the entire nation.

There is a lot more to this exquisite property than meets the eye. The modern visitor centre boasts a contemporary, stylish tea-room serving barista drinks, light lunches and cakes. There are three exhibition spaces highlighting different aspects of Elgar's life and work, an introductory film room as well as a large space for concerts and talks which take place most weekends.

Nestled within the small village of Lower Broadheath, a traditional cottage garden stretches in front of his home. Elgar's only daughter Carice carefully remodelled the garden on an 1856 watercolour commissioned by the Elgar family when residing in the cottage. The grounds now include an expansive apple orchard picnic area; wildlife woodland glade and sound garden, all lovingly looked after by our garden team. Running through the property is a bridle path that can lead visitors to a whole host of walks through the countryside with views of Worcester city and the famous Malvern Hills.

The jewel in the crown, the Birthplace Cottage itself, takes you back to Victorian family life in rural England, where you'll discover a humble collection of personal family objects gathered by his grieving daughter after his death. Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers bring the story of one of England's most famous sons to life.

The Firs is a fast paced, visitor focused environment. Guests can really make a difference to the work done here by just popping in for a cup of tea, taking a stroll in the garden or listening to a lunchtime recital.

Elgar so fondly remembered his idyllic childhood that when given his baronetcy he requested to be called Sir Edward Elgar, First Baronet of Broadheath, a fitting tribute to this humble yet enchanting property.

We are ten minutes off Junction 7 of the M5 at Worcester, just off the A44 - simply follow the Worcester ring road (A4440). Do not follow Elgar Route signs.


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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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