Having said all this, Worcester is a pleasant city which is safe and relaxed.
More recent development is a lot more sympathetic, if a little conservative.
The basin itself is now the home to large number of canal boats and other leisure craft and, particularly on a sunny day, makes for a pleasant stroll around.
Currently this area lacks facilities - there is the Anchor pub, and not far away the Diglis Hotel.
The road then goes through several more name changes before it reaches the limits of the modern city about 2 miles from the city centre.
To the east of the High Street, and running parallel to it, is the Shambles, another pedestrianised shopping street.
Even the remaining historic roads are superficial - for example Friar Street has many beautiful buildings but look behind them and you'll see the concrete backs of nearby buildings.
There are still many interesting things to see and these are taken advantage of by several guided walks offered through the local tourist centre.
The ancient city of Worcester is on the east bank of the River Severn.
Broad Street runs westwards from where the High Street becomes The Cross and runs down to the only road bridge across the Severn in the city.
It is important to realise that there is only the one road bridge across the river as it dictates the rather confusing one way system.