Droitwich Spa Heritage Centre
Housed in a beautiful black and white building, in the centre of Droitwich Spa. Our friendly and informative staff and knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers, will offer you a warm welcome and can help you plan your visit to get the most out of Droitwich and the surrounding areas. Whether you are visiting for a day or a week, there is plenty to see and do in Droitwich and the beautiful Worcestershire countryside nearby.
St. Richard’s House is a black and white building, completed in 1935. It was originally the entrance to the St Andrew's Brine Baths and has been home to the Heritage Centre and TIC since 1989. The actual site has been inhabited for more than 2,000 years, and now houses our Salt Museum, which is an Accredited Museum, telling the long and fascinating history of salt in Droitwich, from Prehistoric times to the present day.
The permanent exhibition shows the fascinating story of the town from pre-Roman times to the modern day. Excavations in the town have revealed much about early Droitwich and its salt industry and many of these remains are in excellent condition. Reconstructed faces from Roman skulls reveal some incredible facts about their lifestyles and their appearance. The salt industry is traced, using displays and many old photographs, through Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods and finally the Victorian era of the “Salt King”, John Corbett is studied with a display which depicts the harsh reality of working in hot, steamy conditions in the salt works. It and our other displays will take you on a journey through the rich, unique history of Droitwich Spa.
We also have the 'Droitwich Calling' exhibition which brings alive the history of radio in Droitwich, from the opening of the Transmitting Station at Wychbold in 1934, to its closure in 1989, and a small but comprehensive brass rubbing centre with 25 brass rubbing plates, ranging from King Henry VIII and his many wives to heraldic beasts and animals.
The Tourist Information Centre
We can provide you with information on where to go in Worcestershire, where to stay elsewhere in the country. We have an unrivalled, comprehensive selection of free tourist literature, allowing you to ‘discover’ places to visit and things to see and do, all over the UK, but especially in and around the beautiful county of Worcestershire.
What we do:
Bus and train timetables for local routes
Local walks information
Excellent selection of free brochures allowing visitors to discover places to visit and things to see and do, all over the UK, but especially in and around the beautiful county of Worcestershire.
Very comprehensive selection of free literature offering UK-wide holiday information (excluding Scotland)
Ticket bookings for Royal Motorways, Elgar Coaches, Whittle's and Johnson's coach trips
Our well stocked gift shop sells an ever changing selection of local produce, exclusive Droitwich Spa souvenirs, retro toys and games and numerous local history books. We also stock activity and game packs to keep children of all ages busy!
We also run Guided Historical Town Walks. - Would you like to find out more about Droitwich Spa? Do you like local history? Our guided walks run every second Saturday in the month (from March through to November) and start at 11am from St. Richard’s House. They take in the Town Centre with its many significant buildings. Cost: £3 per person. Please book in advance by visiting Droitwich Spa Heritage and Information Centre or calling 01905 774312. Walks last approximately 1½ hours. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
Our current winter opening hours are:
Monday - Thursday - 10.00am - 4.00pm
Friday & Saturday - Closed
You can also contact us with any queries via email, phone or Facebook.
Email - email@example.com
Tel: 01905 774312
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22 Victoria Square, Droitwich WR9 8DS