Broadway - The Cotswolds
This historic Cotswold village with existence in one form or another dating back 5000 years. The High Street lined with Chestnut trees and a mix of period houses. The picturesque honey stone Cotswold cottages famous throughout the Cotswolds. Running through Broadway centre is an ancient 'Ridgeway' and the main road from Worcester to London. It is a wide street or 'broad way' hence the name. Broadway village has an interesting history of art, including well-known artists and writers. Famous name's from William Morris to J.M. Barrie. The renowned furniture designer Gordon Russell grew up in Broadway and had a workshop here.
Broadway Activity Park / Playground
The park is situated half way up the High Street. This 3-acre recreation ground is a State of the Art, Activity Park 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. A wonderful play area including a see-saw, climbing poles and twin fly spinners.
Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill.
Hill Barn Farm with 70 miles of rows and 250,000 plants is an amazing spectacle. Especially when the flowers are out (this is the only time the farm is open to visitors – June, July & August )
The shop, which is located in a beautiful Cotswold stone barn, has a range of essential oils, soaps, hand creams, and toiletries made from the oils grown on the lavender farm. There is also an enormous range of lavender plants for the garden.
The tea room is open for light lunches as well as morning coffee and cream teas. A rare speciality is lavender scones, and the lavender cake is not to be missed.
Standing 65ft high Broadway Tower is the second highest point in the Cotswolds. It sits on top of an ancient beacon site. The Broadway Tower was the brainchild of Capability Brown. Built by James Wyatt for the Earl of Coventry in 1798.
Broadway Tower was allegedly built so that the Countess could see if her Cotswold estate was visible from Croome Court. A fire was lit and Broadway Tower was visible from Croome. The Earl of Coventry commissioned the Tower to commemorate the occasion.
After 58 years the Steam Train services now run all the way from Broadway to Race Course Station at the town of Cheltenham. All the stations, rolling stock and trains renovated exactly as per the original.
The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery.
Formerly the Ashmolean Museum Broadway. A community museum that tells the story of the village through the ages. Displays important works of art with a permanent collection and special touring exhibitions. Some works are loaned from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Restaurants & Cafes (A selection from those we recommend in Broadway)
Lygon Arms Hotel
Lygon Arms Hotel has existed from at least 1377. You can stay in the suite that Oliver Cromwell used the night before the Battles of Worcester in 1651. This hotel is a ‘must visit’ even if only for coffee, snack or lunch.
Situated at 29 High St, Broadway, Great food – coffee, tea. Traditional breakfasts to soups, sandwiches and cakes all made with top quality ingredients. They serve wine & beer and there is seating available in their beautiful garden.
Tattersalls Brasserie is in The Broadway Hotel.
The Brasserie offers an extensive a la carte menu with a good selection of fresh and seasonal dishes. There is a choice of 31 day dry aged free range steaks. Alternatively, The Jockey Bar is where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in one of the oldest parts of the hotel.
Visit Broadway with our chauffeur driven Tour of the Cotswolds from London.