#5 of 16 in Broadway
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Parks
Broadway Tower is a folly located near the village of Broadway, in Worcestershire. There are fascinating displays on the...
Broadway Tower is a folly located near the village of Broadway, in Worcestershire. There are fascinating displays on the Tower’s history on three floors, a roof viewing platform and the Tower Shop..The Tower is one of England's outstanding viewpoints. At 1024 feet (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment. There are unrivalled views over a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 Counties can be seen on a clear day. Designed by James Wyatt in 1794 to resemble a mock castle, and built for Lady Coventry in 1799, the tower was built on a "beacon" hill, where beacons were lit on special occasions. Over the years, the tower was home to the printing press of Sir Thomas Phillipps, and it served as a country retreat for artists including William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Today, the tower is a tourist attraction and the centre of a country park with various exhibitions open to the public at a fee as well as a gift shop and café – Morris & Brown. Located on the Cotswold Way, it can be reached by following the Cotswold Way from the A44 road at Fish Hill, or by a steep climb out of Broadway village. Nearby is a memorial to the crew of an A.W.38 Whitley bomber that crashed during a training mission in June 1943. The site also has an Observer Corps nuclear bunker that is also open to the public for a small fee.