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A visitor’s guide to Broadway

About Broadway

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, café’s, restaurants, and antique shops to explore. Broadway is popular throughout the year but there is something quite magical in the air during 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.

The award-winning Lygon Arms Hotel is an atmospheric spot for drinks or dinner, 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.

  1. Batsford Arboretum
  2. Broadway Tower
  3. Cotswold Farm Park
  4. Cotswold Distillery
  5. Cotswold Lavender
  6. Cotswold Way Walk
  7. Cotswold Wildlife Park
  8. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR Broadway Station)
  9. Gordon Russell Design Museum
  10. Sudeley Castle and Gardens
  1. All Things Wild
  2. Cotswold Distillery
  3. Cotswold Motor Museum
  4. Dormy House Spa
  5. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR Broadway Station)
  6. Gordon Russell Design Museum
  7. Honeybourne Pottery
  8. Regency Cheltenham Spa
  9. Snowshill Manor and Gardens
  10. Sudeley Castle and Gardens

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 a number of visiting collections throughout the year. 

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection
25-minute drive from Broadway

Take a nostalgic journey back in time with a visit to the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection. With over 40 cars, vintage caravans, and classic motorcycles on display as well as motoring paraphernalia from a bygone era and a fabulous toy collection, this is a fun day out for petrol heads of all ages.

Court Barn Museum
11-minute drive from Broadway

In 1902, architect, designer and leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement, C. R Ashbee moved from London’s East End to Chipping Campden. The Court Barn is where you can discover the stories of the craftspeople and artists that have worked in the north Cotswolds from the 1900’s to the present day.

Gordon Russell Design Museum
Broadway

Celebrating the life and work of Gordon Russell, the museum is in his 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 1980’s. The collection is complemented by an extensive archive of original drawings, notebooks, and catalogues.

Snowshill Manor and Garden
7-minute drive from Broadway

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 Gallery at the Guild
11-minute drive from Broadway

The Gallery at the Guild is a co-operative 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 opportunity for the public to meet them.

Broadway Arts Festival
June

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.

Cheltenham Festival
March

Be part of Britain’s finest jump racing over four exceptional days. Cheltenham racecourse is regarded as one of the best in the country, surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside. Whether you are a keen lover of horse racing or just looking for a wonderful experience with family and friends, this will be a memorable day for all.

Cheltenham Literature Festival
October

Bringing together some of the biggest names in the literary world, the Cheltenham Literature Festival is a must-do event for book lovers of all ages. Listen to your favourite author reading extracts from their work, answering Q&A sessions and discover what makes them tick. Younger reader can enjoy sessions with authors of their beloved bedtime stories.

Chipping Campden Music Festival
May

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 hosts a line up featuring some of the world’s most exciting artists. 

Moreton in Marsh Show
September

Enjoy Cotswold life at its best with a fun-filled day out for the whole family at the Moreton Show. The showground is packed with things to see, do, and buy with everything from wellington boots to combine harvesters! See livestock displays and show jumping along with ‘best in’ flower, vegetable, and flower displays.

The Big Feastival
August

This fabulous three-day festival 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. 

The Cotswold Olimpicks
June

The Cotswold Olimpick Games are a celebration of early rural sporting events for amateurs. Events include King of the Hill, Championship of the Hill and the crowd favourite, Shin Kicking. The sound of the band and the glow of the flaming torch procession will linger in your mind long after the last shin has been kicked.  

Cotswold Olimpicks

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
16-minute drive from Broadway

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.

All Things Wild
10-minute drive from Broadway

With a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities there is plenty to keep your little ones 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.

Batsford Arboretum
15-minute drive from Broadway

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.

Broadway Activity Park
Broadway

A 3-acre recreation ground that has been turned into the 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.

Cotswold Falconry Centre
15-minute drive from Broadway

Next door to Batsford 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. 

Cotswold Falconry

Broadway Deli
Broadway
Perfect for: breakfast, brunch, 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.

Childswickham Inn
5-minute drive from Broadway
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, wine, and spirits.

Hook
5-minute drive from Broadway
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

Hook is a sublime seafood-inspired restaurant at The Fish, 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.

Market Pantry
Broadway
Perfect for: breakfast, brunch, lunch

This pretty café is situated on the High Street in Broadway serving up quality dishes from local and seasonal ingredients. There’s a comprehensive breakfast and lunch menu plus a great range of tea’s, coffee and freshly made cakes, tray bakes and cookies. 

MO
5-minute drive from Broadway
Perfect for: dinner

MO is the fine dining chef’s table style experience offered by the wonderful Dormy House Hotel. Cooking is creative showcasing forward thinking culinary styles and just a hint of theatre. The interactive eight-course menu is served to just eight diners at any one time with sustainability and seasonality taking centre stage. 

Russell’s
Broadway
Perfect for: dinner

Housed in the former workshop of British furniture designer Gordon Russell, this award-winning restaurant focuses on modern British cuisine featuring a daily changing menu of local produce from the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds. If the weather is fine, try and acquire one of the coveted tables on the front terrace.

Russell’s Fish Chips
Broadway
Perfect for: lunch, 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.

Snowshill Arms
7-minute drive from Broadway
Perfect for: lunch and dinner

This 15th century pub has character and personality by the bucket-load and sits in the unspoilt, beautiful village of Snowshill. The pub is dog-friendly and popular with walkers too. Serving a range of real ales and traditional pub food including very popular Sunday lunches, booking is recommended.

The Back Garden
5-minute drive from 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.

The Lygon Bar and Grill
Broadway
Perfect for: dinner

The Lygon Bar and Grill is a celebration of all things Cotswolds in a refined and elegant setting that showcases the extraordinary history of the hotel. Large, ornate windows, huge fireplaces and elaborately decorated ceilings are the backdrop to a local and seasonally inspired menu.

The Mount at Stanton
9-minute drive from Broadway
Perfect for: lunch and 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.

The Mount at Stanton

Broadway Golf Club
Broadway

Set high on the Cotswold Escarpment, with fabulous views over the Vale of Evesham, the Broadway Golf Club undulates over the natural lie of the land, punctuated by Cotswold stone walls and the odd sheep. When the weather is breezy this course can be a challenge but it’s one of the best in the Cotswolds.

Broadway Tower Country Park
Broadway

This iconic landmark can be spotted from miles around. It’s the highest point in the Cotswolds, and on a clear day you can see as far as Wales and 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 Lavender
9-minute drive from Broadway

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

Cotswold Lavender

Cotswold Distillery
30-minute drive from Broadway

Set within the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, the Cotswolds Distillery reflects its wonderful location and heritage. The distillery uses local ingredients and traditional methods for both their flagship whisky and aromatic gin. Visit for tours, tastings and to pick up a bottle… or two!

Cotswold Trading
Broadway

This Broadway staple has been sourcing beautiful and stylish gifts and homewares for more than 20 years. Featuring iconic big-brand names such as Garden Trading, Neal’s Yard and Voyage Maison, along with an array of independent boutique designers such as Alex Monroe and Bronte by Moon, there is something here for all.

Daylesford Organic Farm
25-minute drive from Broadway

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

OKA
Broadway

OKA is a magical treasure trove of all things interior design. The showroom is housed within an elegant three-storey Georgian farmhouse with each room laid out to create inspiration through their fabulous range of furniture and home accessories.  

The Cotswold Cheese Co
16-minute drive from Broadway

For lovers of all things cheese a visit to the Cotswold Cheese Co is a must. Inside you’ll find a mouth-watering array of over 120 different farmhouse and artisan cheeses with a focus on those from local Cotswold producers as well as traditional British classics and favourites from further afield. 

Cotswold Cheese Company

Broadway Tower Country Park
Broadway

This iconic landmark can be spotted from miles around. It’s the highest point in the Cotswolds, and on a clear day you can see as far as Wales and 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. 

Chastleton House
24-minute drive from Broadway

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. 

Snowshill Manor and Garden
7-minute drive from Broadway

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.

Stanway House
13-minute drive from Broadway

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.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens
18-minute drive from Broadway

This beautiful 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 gardens at Sudeley Castle

You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in and around Broadway thanks to its location on the renowned Cotswold Way, a glorious 102-mile walk that meanders through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath.  

For more information about walking and cycling, take a look at our Walking and Cycling Guides online.

Bamford Wellness Spa
25-minute drive from Chipping Campden

The ultra-luxurious but perhaps lesser-known elegant Bamford Wellness Spa, is the holistic wellness arm to the Daylesford group which offers a nourishing space of self-reflection, understanding and rejuvenation. In addition to treatments and consultations there is a programme of yoga, Pilates, meditation classes and workshops hosted by visiting experts.

Dormy House Spa
3-minute drive from Broadway

Winning awards since day one this blissful, ultra-luxurious spa boasts a spectacular setting in the North Cotswolds. Treat yourself to some serious pampering with a spa day taking in an impressive menu of treatments before indulging in the Scandi-style thermal suite, terrace hot tub and heavenly pool.

Lygon Arms Spa
Broadway

Set within the historic Lygon Arms Hotel on the main street, the tranquil spa here enables you to organise specific treatments and therapies or treat yourself to a pampering spa day. The twilight spa evenings are particular popular and include a light supper in the Spa Kitchen & Bar.

The Spa at Cotswold House
11-minute drive from Broadway

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the Spa at Cotswold House. Using Decleor holistic treatments the team of therapists create a truly personalised spa experience for every guest. Each treatment starts with a unique diagnostic massage, sending you into a state of sheer relaxation and allowing your therapist a wonderful insight into your state of wellbeing. 

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
15-minute drive from Broadway

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.

All Things Wild
11-minute drive from Broadway

With a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities there is plenty to keep your little ones 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.

Cotswold Falconry Centre
15-minute drive from Broadway

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. 

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
39-minute drive from Broadway

Home to one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and diverse gardens the park is home to more than 260 different species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild and it sits in 160 acres of landscape parklands and gardens. Daily activities include penguin feeding, and the Madagascar walk through.

Hidcote
14-minute drive from Broadway

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.

Sezincote House & Garden
19-minute drive from Broadway

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.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens
27-minute drive from Broadway

This beautiful 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.

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