Despite lying directly to the south of Birmingham, Englands industrial heartland, it is largely rural in character, with rolling countryside characterised by black and white timber framed cottages. The cathedral city of Worcester lies at the heart of the county. The Malvern Hills are an attractive area of the county, popular with walkers and they boast extensive views across the Midlands and as far as the Black Mountains in Wales.
Worcestershire borders with Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and the former metropolitan county of the West Midlands, which consists of some areas which were traditionally part of Worcestershire.
Worcestershire sauce is a traditional vinegar-based British condiment manufactured by Lea & Perrin in the city of Worcester, and the city is also associated with the composer Sir Edward Elgar.