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Distances from Worcester


69 km


145 km


80 km

Cape Town

111 km


51 km

De Doorns

32 km


332 km


107 km


1304 km

Mossel Bay

295 km


78 km


71 km


312 km


52 km


53 km

Saldanha(via Paarl and Malmesburry)

187 km


74 km


120 km

Touws Rivier

76 km


62 km


48 km

Wellington(via Bainskloof)

54 km


43 km


1475 km

The Wonders Of Worcester

There is an undiscovered magic to the lovely town and district of Worcester that will keep you guessing as to why you never explored it sooner...

Worcester nestles securely beneath the Brandwacht, Overhex and Langeberg Mountains (1989m).

Worcester is the largest town in the Breede River Municipal Area with about 90 000 residents. It was planned in 1820 when it was also officially declared a "town" with its own "Drostdy" (Magistrate's Office). The town planning shows a neo-classical influence and the architecture followed suit. Some buildings have their own unique style and architects now recognize the Worcester gable.

If first impressions are worth anything, I think I must say that Worcester is the prettiest place I have ever seen. It is handsomely and regularly laid out, with fine broad streets, grassy side-paths, some good public buildings, and capital gardens well supplied with water. At the top of the principal street is the Drostdy House - a brick palace, erected in the times of Lord Charles Somerset as his shooting-box, and now occupied by a very polite old gentleman, who, as Civil Commissioner, lives there, and pays great attention to the handsome grounds attached to it.

The streets are about a mile long, and cross each other at right angles, and are planted with double rows of firs, blue gums, and poplars.

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Worcester is the last large town of the Boland on the road to the North and borders the Karoo (Khoisan for "thirst land"). The plants growing in the Karoo Botanical Gardens, situated on the hills overlooking the town, bear testimony to this. The Breede and Hex Rivers flow on either side of the town, although the Hex often runs dry at the end of the long hot summer. The Breede flows all year, meeting the sea at Witsand, which is renowned as a fisherman's paradise!

The town is situated in the largest wine producing area of the country, and is subsequently the largest employer. It is surrounded by wine and table grape farms which create employment opportunities for much of the population. Worcester is the main economic and service center of the Breede Valley Region. Being so centrally situated, an hour from Cape Town, Hermanus, Montagu and Touwsriver, and even less from Paarl, Tulbagh and Ceres, Worcester is a central hub for industry, shopping and tourism.

Worcester is a major training and teaching center famous for its large deaf and blind communities, as well as many other educational facilities, educational facilities, such as Boland College, Hugo Naude Art School and YWAM (Youth with a Mission).

Worcester has so much to offer! Leave the busy city life behind and visit the peaceful Breede Valley! Enjoy life as it should be lived and you might stay forever!


In the dawn of time, geologists tell us, a subterranean force split obliquely a mountain mass, creating the valley now known as the largest geological fault in Southern Africa. The passage of time has given to this "fault" the name, Breede River Valley, and the bastions which guard it, the Hex River and Drakenstein Mountains. To locate this fair valley, unfold a map and let your eyes rest on the historic Cape.

Then, setting off for the hinterland, follow the highway (N1). Pass through the green coastal belt with its patterned vineyards and orchards, until a natural opening in the great mountain barrier gives access to your goal. It is here that you will find Worcester. Please browse the site and if you need any information please contact us to help us to assist you in any way possible.

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