Situated on the upper reaches of Church Street, the Great Malvern Priory is easily accessible to visitors who wish to wander through its grounds or take a look at the stunning architectural features both inside and out.
The Priory was founded in 1085. Glorious medieval glass windows light the nave, the reredos is adorned by late 19th Century glass mosaic, and broad Roman-style pillars and arches run through the interior. There is a wall of well-conserved ancient ceramic tiles, some dating back to the mid 1400s, and the monks' seats (Misericords) are still in place below the High Altar.
The tower houses 10 bells of varying ages. and the serene graveyard at the front of the Priory includes the grave of Charles Darwin's daughter, Anne, who died at the age of 10 in 1851, probably from tuberculosis.
The Great Malvern Priory continues to be an active place of worship in the parish of Great Malvern. It is part of the Church of England, and is also known as the Parish Church of St Mary and St Michael.
The Priory is also a venue for numerous high quality musical events in Malvern, including organ recitals and choir singing.