Geography and History
Being the largest town in the Western Cape's interior region, it serves as the administrative capital of the Breede Valley Local Municipality and as regional headquarters for most central and Provincial Government Departments. The town also serves as the hub of the Western Cape's interior commercial, distribution and retail activity with a shopping mall, well developed central business district and infrastructure.
Worcester is a town with a impressive cultural heritage with museums that provide a glimpse of the past and information for visitors. In 1819 Worcester was proclaim a sub-drostdy of Tulbagh. Two farms were bought for the purpose of laying out a town. In 1822 Worcester was proclaimed a full drostdy.
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 Breede River Valley is the largest fruit and wine producing valley in the Western Cape and is South Africa's leading racehorse breeding area.
Cape Route 62 that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn runs through the Breede River Valley.
Accommodation facilities in the area include bed and breakfasts (B&B), self-catering, lodges, hotels and budget travel facilities.
The best way to experience the Worcester Wine & Olive Route is to stay over at one of our beautiful farm guesthouses. For the adventurous, there are lots of exciting activities: fishing, 4 x 4 routes, river boating, canoeing, hiking trails and mountain biking.
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.
Some of the adventure and outdoor activities available in the area include hiking, golfing, walking, tennis, bowls etc
Relax with a picnic basket or enjoy a traditional meal at the restaurants, deli and bistro on the route. Worcester offers a wide range of coffee shops, restaurants, pubs etc
Worcester has a thriving business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents as well as surrounding communities. See our business directory for a list of businesses in Worcester.
|Worcester Tourism Office Information|
|Telephone:||+27(0) 23 342 6244|
|Fax:||+27(0) 23 347 4678|
|Address:||25 Baring Street