The Firs celebrates first year of opening

The Firs: Elgar’s Birthplace at Lower Broadheath, near Worcester, is celebrating it’s first year of opening.


A record breaking number of 28,000 visitors have visited since the National Trust took over the operation of the museum in September 2017.


“It’s difficult to believe it’s already been a year since we first opened,” said Stuart Webb, The Firs Operations Manager. “Time has flown by at such a pace, so marking our first birthday gives us a chance to pause, look back and celebrate how far we’ve come in such a short space of time.  I’m absolutely delighted by the support we’ve received from all those who share our passion and drive to build a fantastic legacy for Sir Edward Elgar at this special and unique place.”


Since opening last year, The Firs has been overwhelmed by the response they’ve received from their visitors and their visitor numbers have already exceeded the target they set at the start of the year.


Going forward, they hope to continue to build on this success, welcoming even more visitors over the next 12 months to share in their exciting future.  


The Firs is open seven days a week. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm and the site includes exhibition rooms, a modern tea-room, pretty cottage gardens and the jewel in the crown, the birthplace itself. There are also country walks in the surrounding landscape which are available to pick up for free from reception with another set coming soon. There is free parking right outside the visitor centre with picnic spots. Dogs are welcome on leads across the whole site apart from inside the tea-room and the cottage.



For more information please call: 01905 333330 or visit the website


The Firs, Elgar’s Birthplace is open every day from 1st July 2018. Normal admission applies.


National Trust

The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy.  More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does. 

Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

More than 20 million people visit every year, and together with 4.5 million members and over 62,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places forever, for everyone.


Sarah Dawes