Worcestershire is a largely rural county, with four main towns - Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester - lying between the Cotswolds, the Welsh border and Birmingham. There are four further substantial market towns, Droitwich, Evesham, Malvern and Pershore.
Worcestershire has many sites of historical interest and natural beauty. The economy of the county is based on agriculture, horticulture, light engineering and service industries.
Worcester City lies on the banks of the River Severn. It has a world-famous cathedral and is home to Worcestershire County Cricket Ground, Worcester Warriors Rugby Club and Elgar's Birthplace Museum. The county has further leisure facilities in the Malvern Hills - an area of outstanding natural beauty - and the Wyre Forest.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust provides hospital-based services from three main sites main hospital sites - the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, and Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester.