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Chris Dee
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Broadway Tower

Nr Broadway, Worcestershire

Historic and impressive folly* overlooking the town of Broadway. Cafe, museum, shop and, er, nuclear bunker.

You can easily drive to Broadway Tower, but if you have a little more time, there’s an excellent circular walk from Broadway up to the Tower. It will probably take a half-day, including some time to look around the Tower (you can go inside) and take in a remarkable view which extends over several counties.

It was ‘Capability’ Brown who came up with the idea, for the Earl of Coventry in 1798.  James Wyatt was the architect and he came up with a ‘Saxon Tower’ enhanced by various architectural features. An architect would probably say the style was romanesque revival, but the important thing is that it’s purpose is the same now as it was then - to please the eye, attract attention and offer a view.  

On your visit you’ll take the short walk from the car park, which passes some deer usually, and enter the Tower to explore three levels of the interior.  One floor explores Broadway Tower’s associations with the Arts and Crafts Movement. William Morris, Rossetti and Burne-Jones used the place as a sort of holiday cottage.  Elsewhere, you’re told the story of how the Royal Observer Corps used the area’s 360 degree views to observe during WW2 (a Nuclear Bunker was later built during the Cold War). 

The highpoint (no pun intended) is the roof terrace, with sensational views for miles around.  

*Some argue that the word ‘folly’ is misused here - Broadway Tower did have a purpose.

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Russell's of Broadway is within walking distance for the moderately fit.

Broadway Tower

Nr Broadway, Worcestershire
WR12 7LB

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