The Firs, Upper Broadheath, Worcester, Worcestershire
The Firs is a heavenly red brick cottage where Sir Edward Elgar was born in 1857; Upper Broadheath was then just a hamlet with not much more than a handful of houses. It’s changed considerably now of course, but even though Elgar only lived here for the first two years of his life The Firs is now owned by the National Trust and is preserved as a museum dedicated to the life of England’s most famous composer.
It’s a lovely place to visit, to take your time and potter about the cottage and the gardens; inside it’s all quite eclectic, outside it’s a generous helping of nostalgia with old-fashioned flowers nodding their heads in the breeze, a Daisy Walk, an Orchard and an easy 2 mile circular walk. There are events throughout the year and you know how the National Trust do things these days – there are nature trails for families, a Sound Garden, bug hotels, and of course, no visit to an NT house would be complete without the obligatory visit to the tea shop for homemade cake.
Open: 10.00 am-5.00 pm every day
T: 01905 333330 All information correct at the time of writing