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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. Take a look at our Broadway trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Broadway Tower and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Loved visiting! I've never been so interested in the history of a building. This tower has had so many uses and tells so many stories. Also brilliant views not only from the top but also the grounds. ...  more »
  • The views from the top are stunning, you can literally see for miles acrocc the counties that make the Cotswolds so beautiful  more »
  • Steep climb if walking from Broadway (around 45-60 minutes) but car accessible by road. Can go to top of tower for a fairly robust £5 per head.  more »
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  • Amazing panorama. Nice tower although hard to find parking space nearby. The road towards it is only 1 car wide. I didn't enter the tower itself as you have to pay. Still great view without going inside.
  • Great spot to get away from a cities hustle! I walked to the tower with my family from Chipping Camden, it took us just over an hour and a half to walk to the tower. The tower and the area surrounding offer fantastic views and open fields for kids to run around and play. Considering we didn't spend more than 10-15 minutes on each of the floors of the tower while visiting (which is the most of you will need to while visiting) I found the entry ticket fee not to be value for money. There is a small cafe, near the parking which offers hot food and comes with a view of it's.
  • Lovely tower. Walls are perpendicular to the ground. Gift shop has plush toys. Impeccable vistas from the top. Could do with an escalator, though. Fun fact: the Earl or Duke or whoever built it had the foresight to also build a nuclear bunker in the basement. Kudos, dead hombre. That's some real Nostradamus thinking right there...
  • We really enjoyed the view from the roof of the tower. You could see for miles. For those who like William morris, he lived and worked from the tower and they have some of his sample books for you to look through. It was a really hot day and we throughly enjoyed the local ice creams from the coffee shop
  • Great view point and close to the starting points of our major rivers. There is a museum too. Lovely cafe and shop