The Capital of the Breede River Valley, Worcester lies on the main route to and from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, with a wide range of services and commercial activities.
Worcester is a town with a particularly impressive cultural heritage, and the museums provide a glimpse of the past, as well as lots of information for the tourist.
Surrounded by majestic mountains and verdant valleys, the town is seated in the biggest wine-producing district in the country, with 24 co-operative and 3 private wine cellars on the Worcester Wine Route, as well as 2 Brandy Cellars.
The town has much to see and experience, it is only an hour's drive from Cape Town and is ideally situated to explore the surrounding towns, vines and valleys - a real eco-destination nestled between majestic mountain ranges and magnificent scenery. From here you can visit interesting towns like Tulbagh and Ceres or Robertson. Then there's the hospitality, the friendliness and the food.
For the lovers of Fauna and Flora, you could start off with a visit to the famous Karoo National Botanical Gardens, a garden set in 144 Ha of natural, semi-desert vegetation and 10 Ha of landscaped gardens.
The Institute for the blind was established in Worcester in 1881 and is the oldest organisation of its kind in South Africa. It provides comprehensive care for all aspects and needs of visually impaired persons throughout their entire life.
Today it offers highly specialised education and training, and provides supported employment and a supported, independant living environment to visually impaired people, as well as a home for the Aged.
Visitors are invited to come and see how the visually impaired are trained and how they work.
Other attractions include:
The Complex (next to the Robertson Road) comprises the agricultural showgrounds, an Open Air Living Museum, restaurant and wine cellar, as well as the Reptile World.
Brandy-lovers can set about finding out more about the production and finer side of this noble ruit of the vine, by visiting the cellars along the Brandy Route.
Institute for the Deaf
Visitors are invited to come and see how the hearing impaired are trained.
Architectural Walking Routes
Worcester was laid out according to a definite plan with parallel streets. This enables the visitor to take an easy walk through town and visit some prime examples of early architecture.