Shrouded in history and beautiful countryside, Droitwich Spa is unique among the Spa towns of Britain. The ancient and historic town has achieved fame and recognition as a Brine Spa. Visitors would travel here not to drink the water but to experience the effect of floating weightlessly in the warm brine.
The town owes its existence to the remarkable natural brine springs which emanate from subterranean beds of pure rock salt 200 feet below ground level. The importance of the salt can be seen in the town’s motto – ‘Sal Sapit Omnia’ meaning Salt Flavours All. Dissolved by underground springs, artesian pressure forces the salt to the surface as brine, ten times saltier than sea water. Its density and buoyancy are only rivalled by the Dead Sea.
Droitwich Spa has revolved around its salt making industry for 2000 years. When the Romans invaded they recognised the value of salt, building a number of ancient roads, known as Saltways from Droitwich, as well as a fort and villa, they named Droitwich Salinae – Place of Salt.
The town continued to grow as the wealth generated from the salt production increased. Many half-timbered buildings dating from the 14th century can be seen in the picturesque High Street.
Among the famous sons of Droitwich are St. Richard de Wyche, who became Bishop of Chichester and Pilgrim Father Edward Winslow, one of the founders of the ‘New World.’
John Corbett, a Victorian entrepreneur did much to change the town, releasing it from its industrial image to fashionable Spa resort.
Brine bathing remained fashionable up until the Second World War which made Droitwich Spa a popular destination for visitors from both home and abroad.
Today’s Droitwich Spa boasts many attractions for the visitor in search of something different. The whole development of the town, from ancient salt making centre to the present day can be explored at the Droitwich Heritage Centre, other local attractions include Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, Hanbury Hall (NT),The Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Harvington Hall, Witley Court (EH) and the award winning Webbs Garden Centre.
Surrounded by the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, Droitwich Spa is a town of great charm and character, offering its visitors plenty to see and enjoy, it is an ideal centre from which to explore the Heart of England, as well as being close to the major motorway network. To the north of Droitwich Spa lies the City of Birmingham, and to the south stands the City of Worcester, dominated by its Cathedral. To the east of Droitwich Spa is Shakespeare’s Country, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds. To the west are the Black and White villages of Herefordshire.
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Droitwich Spa. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in Droitwich Spa, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
Day excursion ideas, when extra nights booked:
Local Tourist attractions:
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements