Broadway Tower Cirencester
Middle Hill
Broadway
Worcestershire WR12 7LB
 
 
 
Broadway Country Park is the ideal spot for a country walk with the added attractions of spectacular views, a Red Deer enclosure and the 18th century Broadway Tower folly which is open to visitors.
 
Broadway Hill is the second highest vantage point on the north Cotswolds escarpment.  Situated between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh, it is 1,024 feet (312 metres) above sea level.  On a clear day the visitor can see as many as 16 Counties from this viewpoint.
 
In medieval times Broadway Hill was a ‘beacon’ hill.  Its height and visibility made it the ideal spot for fires to be lit for signalling news such as invasion of the country.
 
Near the tower is a memorial to the crew of an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bomber that crashed into the hill during a training mission in June 1943.
 
The Tower
In 1798 the wife of the local Member of Parliament for Worcestershire, Lady Coventry wanted to know if a beacon was lit on the hill would she be able to see it from her house in Worcester 22 miles (35 km) away.
 
To find out, the 18th century landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown suggested building a tower on the site.  James Wyatt designed the tower as a mock castle with turrets, battlements, gargoyles and balconies.  When finished the "Saxon Tower" was indeed clearly visible to Lady Coventry.
 
The folly is 55 feet (17 metres) high with a winding internal staircase leading to a rooftop viewing platform.  Each floor of the tower was designed as a living space with windows, a balcony and a fireplace with each room overlooking a different view.
 
Over the centuries the tower has been used for many different purposes.  In the early 19th century it housed a printing press, and then served as a country retreat for artist and founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement, William Morris.  It was also a favourite holiday home of the Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones.
 
During the Second World War the tower was used by the Royal Observer Corps to track enemy planes over England and during the ‘Cold War’ a nuclear bunker was constructed to report nuclear attacks!
 
Graphic displays on three floors pay tribute to the tower’s colourful past and the one devoted to William Morris beautifully decorated with examples of his unmistakable 19th century designs.
 
Red Deer & Wildflowers
The tower is not specifically designed to appeal to children but they will enjoy the open air venue, Red Deer and the abundance of seasonal wildflowers.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Open
Daily 10:30 to 17:00 hours
Variations can occur in severe weather so contact Broadway Tower for up to date details.
 
Admission Price
Download a brochure from  Web: Broadway Tower/ Plan your visit
 
Facilities
Refreshments, Gift Shop
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1386 852 390
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Getting There
- By Car from Moreton-in-Marsh:
Broadway Tower is on the A44 Evesham/Moreton-in-Marsh route, one mile south-east of Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LB. There is ample parking for Tower patrons.
 
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