Broadway Tower & Park: A Cotswolds Visitor’s Guide
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.
An Historic Day Out Just 35 minutes (18 miles) Drive From The Royal Oak
Either before or after your day out at Broadway Tower & Park, pay a visit to The Royal Oak in Cheltenham and see what delicious seasonal menus we have available. Behind the bar, there will be plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer, alongside our extensive range of cocktails and wines.
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.
An ideal spot for breakfast, lunch or a late afternoon snack, the Morris & Brown Cafe also offers a range of delicious homemade cakes.
In the summer months, you might like to enjoy a chilled glass of white wine on the terrace, while the temptation of a hazelnut hot chocolate and roaring log fire will lure you inside during the colder months.
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.
You can plan a full tour of the area, or just go for a short trip to find your bearings.
With bikes available from 10am-4pm every day, you can plan a trip that suits you.
Directions To The Royal Oak From Broadway Tower And Park
Located just outside Cheltenham in the village of Prestbury, The Royal Oak is a historic 16th-century pub, full of traditional Cotswold charm and original features, and the closest pub to Cheltenham Racecourse.
To reach The Royal Oak from Broadway Tower & Park you must head north-east on Buckle Street before turning left onto the Fish Hill (A44). At the first roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A44 and then, at the second roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Evesham Rd (B4632). Continue on B4632 for 1 mile and then turn right onto Cheltenham Road (B4632) and continue for approximately 13 miles.
At the first roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto High Street (B4632), at the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on B4632 and the third roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Tatchley Lane. Turn right onto The Burgage and The Royal Oak will be on your left.