Broadway Tower: The Cotswolds’ Greatest Landmark?
A ‘quintessentially English country destination’, Broadway Tower and Park is a great place to visit during your Cotswolds stay.
There’s a range of things to do at Broadway Tower, including a guided tour of the nuclear bunker, exploring the Tower Museum or engaging in some retail therapy at Tower Barn.
A Historic Day Out Just 45 minutes (20 miles) Drive From The Bear Inn
After your day out at Broadway Tower and Park, pay a visit to The Bear Inn to see what award-winning Butcombe beers we have available, before choosing something from our delicious, seasonal food menus.
The History Of Broadway Tower
Broadway Tower has a history dating back to the late 18th century when it was first designed by landscape architects Capability Brown and James Wyatt.
Beacon Hill, where Broadway Tower stands, is the second-highest point in the Cotswolds, making for stunning views across the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With the tower itself standing at 65ft high, it dominates the skyline as far as the eye can see.
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Tower Barn At Broadway Tower
Tower Barn is the visitor centre at Broadway Tower.
There is a cosy espresso bar/restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, which can be enjoyed while taking in the beautiful views of the Cotswolds.
In the boutique shop you will find unique items of clothing or a personal gift for that someone special or, at certain times of the year, you can attend one of the courses or workshops and learn a new skill. Previous events have included candle making, wool sculpture and Christmas wreath creation.
The Nuclear Bunker Experience
Lying fifteen feet below the ground, the former monitoring bunker on the Broadway Tower Estate was built to study and report the effects of nuclear fallout and was one of many positioned all over the United Kingdom.
Once manned by members of the Royal Observer Corp, the bunker was closed in 1991 and has since been fully restored.
Now serving as a tourist attraction, visitors are invited to spend 45 minutes below ground on the guided tour and experience what life would have been like if the Cold War had ever escalated into a greater conflict.
Broadway Tower Circular Walk
Broadway Tower is also a pleasant walking route in the Cotswolds, with a circular walk of 1.2 km, taking around 20 minutes.
During the Broadway Tower Circular Walk you’ll see the wild deer in the Deer Park, stop by the Tower Barn for some retail therapy, visit the Tower itself and walk past the Nuclear Bunker and War Memorial.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on leads, so you can bring your four-legged friend as well.
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The Cafe At Broadway Tower
Named after William Morris and Capability Brown, the Morris & Brown Cafe is at the heart of the Broadway Tower Estate and is the first thing to greet you on arrival.
Offering delicious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks, the Morris & Brown Cafe also offers a tempting range of homemade cakes.
In the summer months, a chilled glass of white wine on the terrace can be the perfect end to your visit, while the colder months sees the popularity of the log fire and hazelnut hot chocolate increase massively!
Bike Rental At Broadway Tower
Available at the Tower Barn, visitors are invited to hire e-bikes from Broadway Tower’s e-biking partner, Moustache.
The bikes can be hired on an hourly basis, so you can go for a short trip to see something specific, or a full tour of the surrounding area.
With bikes available from 10am-4pm every day, you can plan a trip that suits you.
Directions To The Bear Inn From Broadway Tower And Park
Serving delicious, seasonal pub food and award-winning Butcombe beer, The Bear Inn is a piece of Cirencester history that dates back to the 18th century.
To reach The Bear Inn from Broadway Tower And Park, you must head south-west on Buckle Street, before turning right onto A429 and continuing for 14 miles. At the next 2 roundabouts, take the 2nd exit and 1st exit respectively onto Burford Road (A429).
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto London Road and continue onto Lewis Lane. Turn right onto South Way and right again onto North Way, where you will find The Bear Inn on your left.