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Broadway Tower, Broadway

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A genuine folly loaded with history, Broadway Tower was designed by architect James Wyatt in 1794. Follies were structures usually built for decorative rather than practical purposes, and this tower was no exception. Wyatt designed it for Lady Coventry, who wondered if a light on the second highest hill in the area, where beacons were customarily lit on special occasions, could be seen from her house in Worcester. The lady’s house was approximately 35 km (22 mi) away and, as it turned out, the beacon could be seen clearly. Today, the tower is an ideal lookout spot and the center of a country park with various exhibits open to the public. Visit the site on a sunny day, and don’t forget to bring your camera. Make Broadway Tower part of your personalized Broadway itinerary using our Broadway driving holiday planning site .
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  • The climb up to Broadway Tower ( in the snow) was well worth it - atmospheric place, fantastic views and lots of information in the Tower. It was so windy on the top it was almost impossible to take p...  more »
  • The Broadway Tower is a stunning piece of architecture in the rolling hills of the northern Cotswolds with views of the Malvern Hills in the distance. The tower was conceived by landscape designer Cap...  more »
  • Well worth the steep climbs for the fantastic views from this tower Lots of history to be studied in side  more »
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  • My family of four (two daughters under 7) enjoyed our morning at Broadway Tower quite a bit. The grounds and tower are beautiful. We were treated to a herd of deer and got to watch as the farmer and his collie next door were herding a million or so sheep into the next field. Parking is available on site for 2 pounds, which can be redeemed against a purchase at the shop or cafe, as well as against tickets into the tower. Free parking is available 500 meters from the tower. The tower grounds are free to visit, though a ticket is required for entry and a climb to the top. We found the exhibit in the tower to be less interesting (particularly for our daughters) with the view from the top the only value for the paid entry. If I am honest, I would probably skip the fee if we were to do it again. A walk around the tower is lovely enough in and of itself.
  • The walk up to the tower is challenging but beautiful. It's not the best walk for dogs as there are a lot of sheep but if you're careful and only let them explore the empty fields it's fine. If you like a walk with a view it's not to be missed. The tower itself is something and nothing. It's okay but the entry fee is £5 for each adult and it doesn't really feel worth it.
  • Very scenic and great on a hot summers day. Lovely place for a picnic or a casual walk with family members. Set in idilic countryside. I would definitely recommend here as a place to take a date!
  • This is a historic folly, that we walked to from the village of Broadway, whilst staying at the Caravan Club site at Broadway. An excellent walk of approx 1hr duration in each direction. With the added bonus of a tea room in the local country park, adjacent to the tower. Wonderful views can be had from the surrounding area of Fish Hill.
  • Nice place to walk to if you are in the area of Broadway (which is also a lovely village with nice places to eat). It is £5 for adult entry which I thought was a little steep as it is very small. There is a cafe/shop nearby which is very nice and serves hot food as well as cakes and sandwiches.
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