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The village of Broadway lies at the heart of the Cotswolds and is often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds'.

Situated on an ancient ridgeway on the main road from London to Worcester the wide street gave Broadway its name and was founded after the Norman conquests as a new market town. As a busy coach stop en-route from London the town attracted various artists and writers such as William Morris, John Singer Sargent, Francis D Millet, J.M. Barrie and Mary Anderson. The Gordon Russel Design Museum is dedicated to the famous 20th century furniture designer who made Broadway his home. The Broadway Museum and art Gallery offers visitors to the village an insight into its artistic past.

As you would expect Broadway attracts visitors who are interested in arts and antiques and is also well known for its excellent restaurants and tea rooms. The Lygon Arms Hotel dates back to the 1300’s and has a fascinating past. During the Civil War King Charles I is said to have colluded with his accomplices and that Oliver Cromwell stayed there prior to the Battles of Worcester in 1651. Today it boasts’ one of the most glamorous guest books in the world’.

Broadway Tower and sunset over the Cotswolds
Broadway Tower and sunset over the Cotswolds

Broadway Tower is an 18th century folly situated on Broadway Hill which was inspired by Capability Brown and built by the architect James Wyatt. The Tower has been an inspirational holiday retreat for William Morris of the Arts And Crafts Movement and his friend Sir Edward Burns-Jones. Standing at 65ft tall it has beautiful views over the Cotswolds and it has been said that you can see up to 16 counties on a clear day from the top of its tower. As the second highest point in the Cotswold it is also on the site of an ancient beacon.

The splendid views around the area make Broadway a popular destination for walkers.

What's On in Broadway Events

There are lots of events happening in Broadway each year including special train events on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.

Days Out in Broadway

Things to do in Broadway include a visit to Broadway Tower and a trip on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway in the Cotswolds.

Hotels in Broadway

Find a hotel in Broadway and the surrounding Cotswolds.

Places to Eat in Broadway

Including Cotswold country pubs and restaurants in Broadway.

Location of Broadway

Grid Reference: SP 0967 3752
Latitude: 52.035509
Longitude: -1.854484

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