Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 and is thought to have made her first visit to Malvern in 1848 because a trip to Europe was cancelled due to the revolution taking place there.  She returned in 1857 and 1858 due to illness and exhaustion after her work in the Crimean War to seek an improvement in her health by taking the water cure. She also returned in 1867, much of the time between being spent in quite poor health. Whether the water cure helped or not, in later years her condition did improve, and Florence went on to live a busy and influential life until she died at the age of 90 in 1910. Indeed she once claimed "I owe three years of (not useless) life to the Water Cure at Malvern".

2010 marked the centenary of the death of Florence, and a number of events were held in Malvern to celebrate her life and her links with the town. The Malvern Museum hosted an exhibition about Florence Nightingale and the Malvern Civic Society unveiled a blue plaque to commemorate her visits.