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Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower, the CotswoldsOur award winning Cotswold holiday cottages are located a few minutes walk from the centre of the village of Broadway at the foot of the Cotswold hills beneath Broadway Tower.

Broadway Tower is one of England's outstanding viewpoints. At 312m (1024ft) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment. The Tower is in the shape of a castle, 19.8 m (65ft) tall. Situated in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Tower surveys an expanse of some of the very best of the English countryside encompassing the Vale of Evesham and on a clear day you may also see across the Severn Valley as far as the Welsh mountains and beyond.

The tower, an 18th century folly, was inspired by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown whilst landscaping Croome Court for the 6th Earl of Coventry. James Watt was commissioned as architect for the folly and completed the building in 1798.

William Morris, Arts and Crafts, Broadway, the CotswoldsThe Tower has enjoyed a number of well-known owners and occupants, one of which was William Morris, famous architect, designer, poet and revolutionary who used Broadway Tower as a holiday retreat along with his friends Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rosetti and Alfred Parsons.

During the World Wars of the 20th century, the Royal Observer Corps used the unique vantage point of the Tower to track enemy airplanes over England and later constructed a nuclear bunker to report attacks during the Cold War. The 6m (20ft) two room underground structure near the Tower was mothballed in 1991 and has been left almost exactly as it was. The bunker is open some weekends during the summer.

In front of the Tower is a memorial to the crew of 5 of a Royal Air Force Whitley Bomber, killed when it crashed near the Tower during an operational training flight on 2nd June 1943. The park surrounding the Tower is also home to a herd of red deer.

The Tower is about a 40mins walk from our Cotswold holiday cottages. There are some fantastic views along the way to the Tower across Broadway and the Vale of Evesham.

Broadway Tower is open 10.30am - 5.00 daily (all year round but times may vary during inclement weather conditions). Out of hours opening is available by prior arrangement.

Admissions prices: adult £4.50, child (4-14) £2.50, concessions £4.00, family (2+2) £12.