24 Hours in Malvern: How to Spend the Day in This Historic Town

Malvern offers plenty of places to explore. From museums to delicious eats to axe-throwing fun, this town won’t disappoint.

Get ready for a day chock-full of new sights and adventures in this idyllic Main Line town. Follow our guide to adventure your way around Malvern without the stress of planning.

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9 a.m. – Grab breakfast at Julie Anne’s Place

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Just as the name implies, this little breakfast spot is filled with quaint diner charm to make you feel as if you’re visiting an old friend. Options range from the hearty buffalo chicken omelet to the scrumptious cinnamon bun French toast, with plenty of breakfast classics in between. The cozy atmosphere is the perfect place to fuel up and start the day off right.

22 S Warren Ave., Malvern

10:30 a.m. – Visit Historic Sugartown

This 19th-century village is a must when in Malvern. Historic Sugartown offers unique insight into rural life during the American Revolution, complete with several fully restored houses, a general store, carriage museum, book bindery and more. Visitors can experience how villagers lived, conducted business and established a community. Plan your visit around one of the many workshops, which include book sewing, book restoration and paper marbling, or the summer pop-up Biergarten on August 15. Buy tickets in advance as slots fill up fast. Dress comfortably to walk around.

690 Sugartown Rd., Malvern

12:30 p.m. – Stop by Fattoush Mediterranean Cuisine for lunch

A past BOML winner, this BYOB restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean fare made to order with fresh ingredients including shawarma, falafel wraps and gyros. In addition to the vegetarian options, the restaurant also offers classic dishes like cheeseburgers. Everyone can find something to savor here! The dessert menu changes every day, so don’t forget to ask your server which homemade sweet is available.

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182 Lancaster Ave., Malvern

2 p.m. – Tour the Wharton Esherick Museum

Fusing art, architecture and nature, this museum is dedicated to maintaining the work and legacy of famed American artist Wharton Esherick. The museum has multiple buildings across a beautiful 12-acre campus in northern Malvern with Esherick’s unique, hand-built studio space as the feature. Please note that advanced reservations are required. Approximately half of the guided tour takes place outdoors, so dress accordingly.

1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern

4 p.m. – Test your throw with Splitting Edge Axe Throwing

Spend an hour learning a new skill and test your aim with the ancient art of axe throwing. Splitting Edge’s handcrafted facility offers visitors an experience like no other. Sessions begin with training and conclude with creative competitions. The facility is BYOB, limited to beer and wine. Two-hour sessions are also available if your schedule permits, but make sure to book your tickets in advance and arrive 15 minutes before your session. Closed-toed shoes are a must here. If axe throwing is your new passion, be sure to check out other axe-throwing spots in the Main Line-area.

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20 Liberty Blvd., Malvern

5:30 p.m. – Dig into dinner at Brick & Brew Gastropub


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The elevated gastropub menu is only an entry into what Brick & Brew has to offer. Treat yourself at happy hour with an imaginative cocktail or sample a flight of local and international offerings. Finish off your evening with house-made donuts or blueberry bread pudding.

400 E. King St., Malvern

7:30 p.m. – See a show at People’s Light

People’s Light is a cultural and civic center that emphasizes theater as a means of discovery and connection. The plays are written and acted by local talent while set pieces are crafted in the Malvern-based studio. The program changes every few weeks, so be sure to check out the website in advance to plan your trip. Onsite restaurant Fern & Fable is also available for hungry visitors and serves a large selection of wines, hand-crafted cocktails and draft beers.

39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern

10 p.m. – Stay the night at General Warren


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Finish your day with the historic hospitality on display at General Warren. With eight guest suites that have been authentically restored to 18th-century luxury, you can spend the night like nobility. Each room features different amenities, such as spa showers, four-poster beds and cathedral windows. Modern features are also standard in all rooms, including Wi-Fi, TVs and central air conditioning.

9 Old Lancaster Rd., Malvern

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