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One of the best ways to see Worcester is from the river aboard one of the 2-hour cruise trips offered by Worcester River Cruises, 37 The Tything (tel. 01905/611060; www.worcesterrivercruises.co.uk). A cream tea cruise costs £13. These cruises operate from 10am to midnight daily April to October.

Shoppers might take a stroll down Friar Street, taking in the eclectic collection of individual timber-framed and brick shops. G. R. Pratley & Sons, Shambles (tel. 01905/22678), offers a smorgasbord of glass, china, and earthenware.

Bygones of Worcester, 3 College Precincts and Cathedral Square (tel. 01905/23132), is actually two shops packed with an intriguing collection of antiques and odds and ends. Wander through this store to find furnishings for your home that range from the bizarre to the decorative and fanciful -- all from cottages and castles in England.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.