Nestled amongst the rolling countryside, Broadway regularly takes the title as the UK’s prettiest village and attracts thousands of visitors every year looking to experience quintessential English village life.
The charming idyllic village serves as the gateway to the Cotswolds and is surrounded in every direction by unspoilt scenery.
You can’t help but fall in love with the timeless charm of Broadway. Admire the unique architecture of the Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings, browse the many independent boutique gift, antique shops and art galleries before indulging in a scrumptious Afternoon Tea in the many tearooms.
For such a small place Broadway is steeped in history and culture which you can discover on a coach break.
Over the centuries Broadway has been at the centre of UK art movements and the village has close link with well known artists and writers such as William Morris, Oscar Wilde, John Singer Sargent and J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, who drew inspiration from its beauty for their works.
Meanwhile, The Lygon Arms Hotel, a former manor house, served both side during the Civil War with both Charles I and Oliver Cromwell staying there.
The village is overlooked by Broadway Tower, Cotswolds’ highest castle standing at 1,024 feet on the top of Fish Hill, designed by Capability Brown which is worth a visit. Scale to the top to the roof viewing platform and you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of no fewer than 16 counties. The Tower is a Norman style folly dating back to the 18th Century which today houses exhibitions on all three floors which illustrate the tower’s past.
The Ashmolean Museum on High Street also warrants a visit. Here you can see collections of paintings and furniture presented to Oxford University by Elias Ashmole 1683. Furniture designer Gordon Russell also resided in Broadway and today has a museum in his name.
A stunning place to visit that you will always remember on a scenic break to the Cotswolds with National Holidays
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