Broadway The Cotswolds

Broadway Tourist Information Guide

The town of Broadway in the Cotswolds is a prime destination in the Cotswold Hills, a role that hearkens back to the town’s historical roots as a key staging post on journeys between Worcester and London.  While only three of these historical inns remain, the town once boasted thirty-three.  It is home now to numerous bed and breakfast establishments, many with deep historical roots of their own.

Broadway’s High Street is lined with wide grassy lawns and red chestnut trees and features a stunning array of architectural styles which showcase different periods of the town’s history.  Called the “Jewel of the Cotswolds” and the “Show Village of England,” Broadway features architecture in the Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and Stuart styles.  Some of the buildings are so old that they date back to the time of the Romans.

Along with serving as a staging post for travelers, Broadway has served other parts in history.  Its idyllic and serene beauty caused the famed Broadway Group of Artists to settle there in the late 19th century.  Francis Millet, Edwin Abbey, Henry James, John Singer Sargent and Fred Barnard are among the many famous personages to have made Broadway their home at that time.  They stayed in the Abbots Grange, a beautiful 14th century honey-coloured monastic manor house that now serves as a bed and breakfast for tourists!

Francis Millet, one of the artists in the Broadway Group died on the Titanic.  His memorial forms the gate into the upper graveyard at St. Eadburgha’s Church.

For tourists interested in seeing some great art, Broadway’s art galleries may provide some diverting leisure.  Picton House, the John Noot Galleries and Russell House are several well known galleries in Broadway which feature fine art by some of the artists who inhabited the town.  The Gordon Russell museum features the work of the famous Arts and Crafts movement designer in the original workhouse in which he crafted his designs into being.

One of the most famous sites near Broadway is the distinctive, impossible-to-miss profile of the Broadway Tower up on top of Cotswold Ridge.  This folly is the second highest point in the Cotswolds at 312m and offers a stunning view of thirteen of the surrounding counties.  The tower was commissioned by Lady Coventry in 1799 and built to resemble a castle.  Since then it has served as a home for Sir Thomas Phillips’ printing press and also for Arts and Crafts movement artisan William Morris.

If your interests tend toward the outdoors you can visit a number of gorgeously cultivated and romantic English gardens within a short drive of Broadway.  Hidcote Manor, Bourton House, Snowshill Manor and many other properties feature sculpted hedges, cultivated woodlands, lakes and rainbows of flower beds in which you can stroll for hours.

Where can you stay while visiting Broadway in the Cotswolds?  There are a dozen fine bed and breakfast establishments throughout the town offering modern accommodations in historical lodgings.  A whole range of architectural styles and time periods are represented and there is surely something for everyone.

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Worcestershire

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Worcestershire

Worcestershire is best known worldwide for its connection to Worcestershire sauce, but there’s a lot more to see and experience in this Cotswolds county than the condiment.  Worcestershire is famed for the beautiful cathedral city of Worcester as well as a number of charming market towns, architectural follies, and interesting outdoor areas.  The Malvern Hills were a favorite haunt of both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.  Tolkien compared parts of the Malvern Hills to scenery in the Shire and Gondor in his famous series The Lord of the Rings.

The Malvern Hills are preserved as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are home to more than 70 natural springs.  The spring water is renowned for its purity and has been a major draw for the area since the 18th century.  While visiting Tenbury Wells and the other market towns in the region, you can still enjoy the delicious purity of Malvern Hills spring water.

Tenbury Wells is situated along the River Teme and has long been a famous place in the Cotswolds.  Queen Victoria was a big fan, and once called it “my little Town in the Orchard.”  The town features some beautiful examples of medieval architecture such as St. Mary’s Church, as well as some other intriguing buildings from later periods in history.  Perhaps the most famous buildings in Tenbury Wells are the Pump Rooms designed by James Cranston of Birmingham in 1862.  These unusual structures provide something of a carnival atmosphere, one which reflects different eras in time and different styles in an unusual montage.

While you’re in Worcestershire, you’ll also want to stop by Worcester itself and see the Worcester Cathedral, a beautiful Anglican cathedral situated on the banks of the River Severn.  The church incorporates numerous architectural styles ranging from the Norman to Perpendicular Gothic.  Worcester is also famous for its festivals and shows including the Three Choirs Festival and the Beer Festival.  The city is also a major centre for arts and cinema.

Various mansions, historic houses, and follies adorn the beautiful Worcestershire countryside.  One stellar example is Croome Court, a Neo-Palladian mansion erected in the 18th century.  The grounds are delightfully landscaped and are usually open to the public.  The stately house with its yellow walls is surrounded by a number of follies and gardens and a beautiful lake.  The Broadway Tower, another famous Cotswolds folly, is located on Broadway Hill right near the village which shares its name.  The mock castle was designed by James Wyatt in the 18th century as a gift for Lady Coventry.  Since then it has served as a home for a printing press and a couple of artists who rented it in the 19th century.  Nowadays it hosts exhibits and a gift shop.

These are just a few of the beautiful sights you can see while visiting the county of Worcestershire in the Cotswolds.  While you’re visiting you’ll doubtless find numerous other points of interest, so be sure to put in some extra time to explore, and book accommodations in advance so that you can relax and enjoy the countryside.

Pershore Abbey

If you are looking for somewhere to visit that offers something for the whole family then Pershore Abbey could well be the choice for you. Pershore Abbey has been around for over 1300 years and throughout that time has been the centre for Christian worship for people all of the UK. There are many of the original parts of the Abbey still exist including the tower with its lantern and free-standing ringing platform.

The people behind Pershore Abbey want it to be a place that is accessible for everyone. They have a packed schedule of events throughout the year which helps encourage people to visit and makes sure that when they are do they are well entertained. If you check the schedule for Pershore Abbey you will see that they have a number of regular events which take place all the time. There are different choir and worship events so if you are visiting then you can always pop along and see what these are like. They also have additional events on top of this such as one off concerts and seminars from world leaders in Christianity which often have something interesting to share.

When you do visit Pershore Abbey you don’t have to worry about wandering around alone and not getting the full experience. There are a number of tours that take place throughout the year so if you get booked onto one of these then you can make sure that you see as much of Pershore Abbey as possible. You’ll get to see most of this building including the tower which is the Abbeys most exquisite building. The tour usually takes around 40 minutes to complete and the guide will tell you everything that you need to know about the building, so it is a learning experience as well as a chance to take in some of England’s best loved history.

What you can be sure of when you visit is a warm welcome and an experience that you won’t find anywhere else. It isn’t every day that you can walk around a building that is over 1000 years old however by visiting Pershore Abbey you can!

There are loads of other places to visit throughout the local area so why not make a day of it and spend the whole day taking in everything that the area surrounding Pershore has to offer.

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Evesham

Evesham is a fairly large Cotswold town, located on the flood plain of the River Avon in an area called the Vale of Evesham, which is known as the “fruit and vegetable basket of England.”  The area is famous for producing delicious seasonal produce all year, in particular asparagus, an important cash crop since the Middle Ages.  The countryside is considered some of the most beautiful in all the UK, dappled with the colours of plum and apple blossoms in the spring.

The River Avon provides enjoyable recreations ranging from fishing to boating to simply strolling and relaxing.  You can delight in live Victorian music each Sunday afternoon in Abbey Park during the summer.

This town retains a very medieval character in spite of its larger size.  One of the first structures in the town was an abbey constructed in the 8th century.  It was renowned as one of Europe’s largest abbeys but was tragically torn down during the Dissolution.  The Bell Tower survived though and you can still see it today.  Among the many gorgeous Tudor buildings in the town is the Almonry constructed in the 14th century to house the Abbey’s Almoner.  Today it houses a Heritage Centre containing artefacts and history about the town including information about the Battle of Evesham in 1265 which secured victory for the future King Edward I.

Accommodations in Evesham include bed and breakfast estates, the lovely thatched Campden Cottages and the stately Evesham Hotels, converted from a 19th century manor house.  Evesham is a picturesque and charming Cotswold town – be sure not to miss it on your trip!

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Pershore

Pershore is a market town situation on the River Avon in the Vale of Evesham, known as the “fruit and vegetable basket of England” in Worcestershire.  Pershore is known for its lovely Georgian architecture, its plums and pears and asparagus, its college and its Norman abbey.

The Pershore Abbey is probably the best known landmark in town.   The abbey is a majestic, stately structure which speaks to the town’s prosperity at the time of its construction in the 11th century.  The site was originally founded by St. Oswald in AD 689.

The Pershore College is renowned worldwide and is the home of the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Alpine Society.

You will find many antique shops on Pershore’s High Street as well as numerous restaurants, public houses, tea shops and cafés.  This is a wonderful place to shop and indulge in refreshments; many of the restaurants include locally grown produce on their menus!  There are also plenty of inns if you are thinking of staying the night.

Pershore is especially celebrated for the quality of its plums and the blossoms which beautify the town every spring.  Pershore’s plums are known as the “Pershore Emblem” or the “Pershore Purple.”  There is even a Pershore Plum Fayre held annually in the fall!  Pershore is a fun and delicious stop on your Cotswolds vacation!

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