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Broadway Tower, Broadway

“Pretty as a picture Broadway, a true Cotswold charmer”

Broadway is justifiably lauded as a Cotswold beauty spot and a wander along its picture-postcard, wide main street, lined with honey-hued buildings, will show you why. There is an abundance of independent shops, cafés, restaurants, and antique shops to explore. The village is popular throughout the year but there really is something quite magical in the run-up to Christmas, when the trees are strung with fairy lights and the smell of wood smoke fills the air. 

High above the village, on the Cotswold escarpment, Broadway Tower is an iconic landmark that can be seen from miles around. The Capability Brown-designed folly sits 312 metres above sea level and on a clear day, the views over the Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills and Wales are outstanding. It’s particularly special at sunset and the walk up from the village, although a little strenuous, is well worthwhile.

Broadway also boasts a number of excellent dining spots including the award-winning Lygon Arms Hotel, now home to the James Martin Grill restaurant. It’s an atmospheric spot for drinks or dinner, and it’s here that Oliver Cromwell stayed before the Battle of Worcester and where King Charles I would assemble with his supporters.

Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and a multitude of attractions, Broadway is the perfect Cotswold destination.

We hope you enjoy your stay in this much-loved part of the Cotswolds. To help you plan your days we’ve put together a collection of our favourite experiences so you can make the most of your time in Broadway.

Broadway Tower, Broadway

This iconic landmark can be spotted from miles around. The top of the tower is the highest point in the Cotswolds, on a clear day, you can see as far as Wales; the views are truly spectacular. E-bikes are available for hire or simply take your time exploring the 50-acre estate including a resident herd of red deer. 

Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill

Cotswold Lavender is home to a patchwork of purple-hued fields that burst into life every summer. The farm is open for you to stroll through the fragrant fields for a brief eight-week period. Learn how it’s used and then pick up lavender-scented goodies in the on-site shop before you leave.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens, Winchcombe

This stunning Grade I listed castle exhibits many fascinating treasures and boasts a history spanning more than 1,000 years. There are 10 beautiful gardens, unique treasures, and castle rooms to explore. St Mary’s Church is also the resting place of Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Katherine Parr.

The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way meanders 103 miles from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath in the south. Passing through Broadway as it does so. Choose sections to walk – the start from Chipping Campden up to Broadway Tower is a lovely part to undertake or combine with circular trails around the area.

Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, Broadway

This hidden gem is a community museum that works in conjunction with Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. It features permanent exhibitions about the history of Broadway, including a colony of American artists and writers who worked here in the late 19th century, plus also hosts several visiting collections throughout the year. 

Batsford Arboretum, Batsford

This stunning Arboretum is a wonderful spot to let off steam. Follow the woodland trails (there’s a trail, especially for children with a prize at the end), through the beautiful estate surrounded by clouds of wildflowers, trees, and plants. Batsford is always beautiful, but it really comes into its own during the spectacular Autumn months.

Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill

Managed by the National Trust, Snowshill is the eclectic home of Charles Wade. He was an architect and artist with a passion for the unusual. His collections are quirky and avant-garde and as you wander through the atmospheric rooms, you’ll find thousands of objects from the tiniest of toys to genuine Samurai armour. The gardens are also beautiful.

Cotswold Falconry Centre

Next door to the Batsford Arboretum you’ll find the Cotswold Falconry Centre. Home to over 130 birds of 60 different species including vultures, falcons, eagles, and owls, it’s also common to see the native birds in flight and there is always something different to see. There are daily flying displays and aviaries to explore. 

Find our tailored collection of services, available at your cottage in our Experiences section on our website!

Gordon Russell Design Museum, Broadway

Celebrating the life and work of Gordon Russell, the museum is in the original workshop and showcases a unique collection of furniture encompassing many styles from the Arts and Crafts period through to the luxury post-modernism of the 1980s. The collection is complemented by an extensive archive of original drawings, notebooks, and catalogues.

Gallery at the Guild, Chipping Campden

The Gallery at the Guild is a cooperative of 28 artists, ceramicists, designers, furniture makers, metal workers, photographers, sculptors and wood and stone carvers. Housed in the Old Silk Mill, this co-operative brings a varied blend of contemporary and traditional craftspeople together and gives the opportunity for the public to meet them.

Festival Opera, Longborough

The beautiful setting of the Longborough opera house, which has two bars, a choice of dining venues and picnic options, shows acclaimed performances during their annual season. Even if you are not an opera aficionado, this is an experience not to be missed.!

Cheltenham Festivals, Cheltenham

Cheltenham is well known for its spectacular festivals which bring a flourish of life and entertainment to the town throughout the year. Starting in May with the Jazz Festival, the Science Festival and Food & Drinks Festival are in June, followed quickly by the music festival in July and the literature festival in October. Each showcases the talents of celebrities and offers great free events alongside big-name tickets.

Broadway Arts Festival, Broadway

The Broadway Arts Festival is a biennial event that celebrates the unique, artistic heritage of the village, forged by the famous colony of American writers and artists who found inspiration here during the late 19th century. Encompassing different locations throughout the village, you’ll find workshops, outdoor theatre, exhibitions, talks, live music, and garden tours.

Chipping Campden Music Festival, Chipping Campden

Widely recognised as one of Great Britain’s leading music festivals, the appeal is far-reaching, attracting visitors and musicians from across the globe. Performances take place in the glorious setting of St. James’ Church and showcase a programme of superb breadth and diversity and host a lineup featuring some of the world’s most exciting artists. 

Big Feastival, Kingham

This fabulous three-day festival, usually held at the end of August, brings together Michelin star chefs, award-winning food producers with street food, supper clubs and unique pop-ups, plus fabulous family activities and some of the biggest music artists in the UK. Set on Alex James’ farm in the heart of the Cotswolds, enjoy the best food and music against a memorable backdrop. 

Did You Know?

Oliver Cromwell and Charles I both stayed at the Lygon Arms..but not at the same time!

Broadway Deli, Broadway

Perfect for: breakfast, brunch, vegan and lunch

The Broadway Deli is something of a Broadway institution and sits in the heart of the main street. Pick up fresh, local fruit and vegetables and some deli-delights and then treat yourself to something delicious from the café.

Russell’s Fish & Chips, Broadway

Perfect for: lunch, dinner and takeaway

Excellent fish and chips from the award-winning kitchen behind renowned Russell’s of Broadway. Tucked away in a side alley off the High Street, the menu has all the usual suspects plus small plate delights such as salt and pepper squid and battered halloumi.

Russell’s, Broadway

Perfect for: lunch and dinner

The Locksbrook Inn is great for sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine, or cosying up inside by the wood-burning stove. They offer a great selection of food, including small plates, hearty meals, and pizza.

The Back Garden, Broadway

Perfect for: dinner

Designed to celebrate the best of the back garden the concept here is simple: to showcase the very best of the Cotswolds on a plate. Expect a slow food philosophy, featuring high welfare rare breed meat and responsibly cultivated produce that ebbs and flows with the rhythm of the changing seasons.

Cotswold Larder Cakery, Broadway

Perfect for: coffee, lunch, cake and divine brownies!

The Cotswold Larder a ‘Cakery’ and, oh boy, are the brownies good; think large slabs of chocolatey goodness with the perfect ratio of fudginess flavoured with all sorts of treats including peanut butter, mint, and caramel. Match these with a smooth latte, punchy espresso, or a rich cappuccino and life is good. Skinny options (coffee, not brownies) and plant-based milk are also available.

The Mount, Stanton

Perfect for: lunch, dinner

As the name suggests, this pub sits in an elevated position in a pretty village not far from Broadway. The far-reaching views from the terrace are wonderful and pair perfectly with your meal. Booking is recommended.

Number 32, Broadway

Perfect for: breakfast, brunch, lunch, vegan and vegetarian

Popular spot which is also dog friendly. Small but interesting lunch menu and excellent breakfast options. Great range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Takeaway or dine-in. During busy periods be prepared to wait but it is worth it.

Flipside, Broadway

Perfect for: lunch, dinner and takeaway

Gastro burger spot with a small but perfectly formed menu of burgers, sides plus a drink menu. It’s fun and relaxing and opens from midday. The restaurant does, however, close between 3.30 and 5 pm each day apart from Sunday.

Hook, Broadway

Perfect for: dinner and Sunday lunch

Hook is a seafood-inspired restaurant at The Fish, which is part of the renowned Farncombe Estate collection. With delights such as Fowey mussels and Porthilly oysters and a distinctly ‘fishy’ menu, you could almost imagine you’re by the coast… almost.

Leaf & Bean Coffee Shop, Broadway

Perfect for: coffee, cake, lunch and afternoon tea

Delightful café in the heart of Broadway with homemade cakes, toasties, sandwiches, paninis, and soup. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, and the extensive list of teas is exceptional!

Inn & Brasserie, Childswickham

Perfect for: dinner

This rural pub and restaurant offer a relaxed bar and modern, stylish brasserie dining experience. The bar is dog friendly and there’s a spacious enclosed garden with plenty of seating. The extensive menu and daily specials board feature local produce matched with a variety of ales, wines, and spirits.

Daylesford Organic, Daylesford

This beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds is where the Daylesford empire started. Alongside the highly regarded farm shop featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, butchery and fresh fish counter, artisan bread and award-winning cheese, you’ll also find home and garden treasures to buy as well as Michelin Green Star-rated eateries.

Hidcote Manor Gardens, Hidcote Boyce

This Arts and Craft-inspired Garden is just a short drive from Broadway and full of surprises. There is plenty for children young and old to explore with a maze of narrow pathways, secret gardens, and wilderness areas. There are some tranquil spots too and you might spot woodpeckers and buzzards soaring high overhead.

Chastleton House, Chastleton

Thought to date back to 1607, Chastleton is a Jacobean country house and a time capsule of the last 400 years. The house remained within the same family for much of its existence and with little intrusion from the modern era. You truly feel like you are walking back through time. 

Bourton-on-the-Water

This picture-postcard village lies offers a wealth of attractions including Birdland Park and Gardens, the Model Village, the Dragonfly Maze, and the Cotswold Motoring Museum. Wander alongside the riverside walk, as the River Windrush flows through the centre of the village, before refuelling with a cream tea in one of the lovely independent cafes.

Stanway House, Stanway

Stanway is a beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house lived in by the same family since the 16th century. Explore the medieval Tithe Barn, 18th-century water garden and see the Stanway Fountain, the highest gravity-fed fountain in the world.

Sezincote House & Garden, Sezincote

This traditional, family-run estate sits in 3,500 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside but at its heart, you’ll find a 200-year-old Mogul-inspired Indian palace topped with a Verdigris-hued onion dome. Romantic gardens are filled with temples, waterfalls, and grottos, evocative of a Moghul paradise garden.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Broadway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) is a steam and diesel heritage railway. Since 1981, the volunteers have restored over 10 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam, and diesel locomotives and rolling stock. In addition to a scheduled service, GWR hosts a number of galas and enthusiasts’ events throughout the year, including the ever-popular Santa Specials.

On a clear day, you can see 16 counties and 62 miles in each direction from the top of Broadway Tower!

Broadway Activity Park, Broadway

A 3-acre recreation ground that has been turned into a state-of-the-art activity park to be used and enjoyed by the whole community. The park is divided into 4 specific areas for different age groups and the distance between these areas is open grassland. There is lots of great play equipment including a seesaw, climbing poles, twin fly spinners, climbing towers, a skate ride simulation and more.

Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton

Divided into six zones, including Huff and Puff, Enchanted Walk, and Fairy Dell, Fairytale Farm has something to keep the whole family entertained. With animals including pigs, goats, ponies, lambs, chickens, rabbits, and alpacas, as well as an adventure playground, Fairytale Farm has enough to do to keep children occupied for hours. What’s more, because they’re having so much fun, it won’t feel like learning at all!

Birdland Park & Gardens, Burford

Set in nine acres of gardens and woodlands, children can discover an amazing world of birds and their Jurassic ancestors. From King Penguins and comical Humboldts to life-sized dinosaur statues lurking in the woodland, there’s something around every corner. Be sure to check the feeding times, if there are any special events organised or newborns in the hatchery and nursery.

All Things Wild, Honeybourne

With a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities, there is plenty to keep both the young and old entertained. Meet the farm animals, go bug hunting, and ride the Dino Land Train, back to a land that time forgot where you can see Diplodocus, Triceratops, T-Rex, Stegosaurus and more in the Dino Field.

Crocodiles of the World, Burford

Dedicated to the conservation of these much-maligned creatures, you’ll be able to see 17 of the 24 species currently found in the world including fresh and saltwater crocodiles, caiman, and alligators. For those who want to get even closer, there are wild keeper experiences for children and grownups alike.

Bamford Wellness Spa, Kingham

Set on the Daylesford organic farm, Bamford Spa offers a holistic approach to relaxation and healing. A range of treatments uses both modern and ancient techniques to fully relax the body and let the mind quiet. Classes are available and you can purchase access to The Spring wet spa.

Dormy House Spa, Broadway

An award-winning spa just outside the heart of Broadway, a picturesque Cotswold location. You will find a menu of treatments, a relaxed spa café and fitness suites alongside the candlelit infinity pool.

Hatherley Manor Spa, Cheltenham

Take some time for yourself at Hatherley Manor Spa. A thermal suite lets you choose your favourite way to rejuvenate or meditate in their tranquil relaxation room. Visit for a treatment and spend some time in the pool for a break away from life’s stresses.

Elan Spa at The Greenway, Cheltenham

This oasis of calm is an ideal retreat to relax and unwind while on holiday in the Cotswolds. With a choice of day packages and mini spa days, you will find something that will fit your needs perfectly.

The Garden Spa at Minster Mill, Minster Lovell

Choose how you want to spend your time by booking either a spa day, a treatment, or add-on use of the pool facilities. This space only allows eight users at a time, making it a truly relaxing experience.

C-Side Spa, Cowley

The magnificent surroundings of Cowley Manor make the C-Side Spa a luxurious escape. After enjoying a treatment of your choice and a swim in the indoor or outdoor pool, wander the grounds where you will find natural springs and lakes.

Cotswold House Spa, Chipping Campden

Open for spa days or treatments, Cotswold House Spa also has a hair salon and nail bar on site. Found in the centre of Chipping Campden, combine your spa day with a stroll around the town.

Ellenborough Park Spa, Cheltenham

The luxurious Ellenborough Park will not disappoint. Surrounded by countryside on the outskirts of Cheltenham you can enjoy the grounds after your favourite treatment or treat yourself to afternoon tea.

The Lygon Arms Spa, Broadway

On the main street in Broadway, The Lygon Arms is a wonderful place to while away a few hours with a treatment before spending time relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet on a lounger. The Lygon is also home to the James Martin Grill for a delicious meal.

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