Worcestershires most picturesque tower with magnificent views
Broadway Tower is one of England’s most recognisable landmarks and is perched on top of the second-highest hill in the Cotswolds overlooking the picturesque town of Broadway. Legend has it that the tower was built in 1798 for Lady Coventry who wanted to see if the beacon could be seen from her home at Croome Court some 15 miles to the northeast.
Known as a ‘Saxon Tower’ it was the inspiration of the renowned Landscaper Capability Brown and designed by James Wyatt in 1794. Over the years it has housed the printing press of Sir Thomas Phillips and the retreat of William Morris who was so enthused by the beauty and historic importance of the tower and other heritage structures that he established the ‘Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1877’.
Broadway Tower itself contains various levels and, when open to the public, visitors can climb the tower and explorer the displays revealing its history. On the slope of the hill is a deer park as well as a nearby Morris-Brown coffee shop and restaurant. There is ample parking at the venue although there is a short walk to the tower itself.
Close by to the tower is the Broadway Nuclear Bunker that was used from 1961 by the Royal Observer Corps to monitor the region in the case of a cold war attack. It was officially decommissioned in 1991 but has been restored and is now one of only entirely equipped bunkers in England. It is well worth seeing and can be visited on specific open days which are generally weekends between April and October. Visitors are advised to check opening times with the Broadway Tower website. There is no disabled access to the bunker as access is via a steep ladder leading underground through a narrow hatch.
Please always check opening times by following the link to this Venue’s website.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
Broadway Tower & Country Park, Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, England – WR12 7LB
Sat Nav Postcode: WR12 7LB (best available)
Sat Nav Postcode Parking: WR12 7LB (best available)