Categories: Attractions and Museums, Outdoor Play
Location: South West
Price Guide: POA
AboutStanding in its dramatic location at 65 feet high Broadway Tower has some of the best views in England. Did you know we can ...see up to 16 counties from the top of the Tower?
And we’re on the Cotswold Way – so it’s a paradise for cyclists, walkers and wildlife lovers. Perfect for a family day out.
History of Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds
Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798.
The location for the Tower was wisely chosen, a dramatic outlook on a pre-medieval trading route and beacon hill.
Wyatt designed his “Saxon Tower” as an eccentric amalgamation of architectural components ranging from turrets, battlements and gargoyles to balconies.
Exhibitions at Broadway Tower
Broadway Tower houses exhibitions on three floors about the history of its occupants and colourful past. Enjoy a leisurely climb of the Tower in manageable stages.
See examples of the work of William Morris and understand the link between the Tower and the Arts and Crafts movement before ascending to an exhibition of the Royal Observer Corps and learn how the post situated 70 yards from the Tower was used in World War Two and the Cold War.
Crown your visit with breath-taking views from the roof platform.
William Morris at The Tower
Throughout the centuries, Broadway Tower has always inspired and with this inspiration came a large number of uses. One example is as home to the printing press of Sir Thomas Phillips, perhaps the greatest collector of manuscripts and books in history. Indeed it was whilst staying at Broadway Tower that William Morris started his campaign for the preservation of historic monuments.
Members of the Arts and Crafts movement used Broadway Tower as a holiday retreat. Pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones were frequent visitors.
Deer at The Tower
A unique opportunity to meet the Broadway Tower herd of Red Deer and their newly born offspring under the expert guidance of our Head of Deer Park, Lewis Potter.
3.00 pm: 17th April 2016 / 26th June 2016 / 28th August 2016
Admission free of charge
Lewis is a recognised authority on deer husbandry and preservation. Furthermore, he is an accomplished gunsmith and expert on black powder fire arms. He has published numerous books and expert articles on the matter and is prepared to share his knowledge on deer and wildlife protection with our visitors.
Opening times at Broadway Tower and Morris & Brown Café
Cafe 9.00am – 5.00pm daily * (All year round but may vary during inclement weather conditions)
Tower 10.00am – 5.00pm daily* (All year round but may vary during inclement weather conditions)
Nuclear Bunker 10.00am – 4.45pm (last tour 4.00pm) at weekends & BH Mondays April to October
Out of hours opening is available by prior arrangement.
Schools and Educational visits are welcome.
Open every day with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Child (6-16) £3.00
Child (0-6) FREE
Family (2+2) £14.00
Bunker & Observer Post £4.00
Bunker & Observer Post & Tower combined £8.00
Annual Pass £10.00
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it was rather fab - I always love a visit
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