Our next stop was to follow the signs to the Broadway Tower. This was a folly built on top of a hill with great views across the countryside and even right out to the River Severn. The tower has had lots of different uses in its history including its use in WW2 by the Royal Observer Corps and then in The Cold War a nuclear bunker control post was built nearby.
Parking was someway away from the tower and was by a building that served as shop and restaurant. parking wasn’t free and we had to guess how long we would be staying. In the car park I was parked close to this Dutch registered Austin Healey 3000.
This car park was quite full and we followed the line of other tourists up the hill past the building and this truck to the gate that lead to the tower.
The tower was approached along a path up a gentle slope.
The bunker was closed so we would have to make do with the tower. After we had paid our fee we climbed up the tower leaving the exploration of the exhibitions till we came back down. Once at the top we used the signs on each of the walls to try and see the sights across the countryside.
On our way down we spent quite a bit of time learning about the tower, the William Morris connection and about its restoration.
The tower by then was surrounded by other tourists posing for pictures.
On our way back I stopped to look at the thistles …
… and to try and see the deer sheltering from the sun.
Walk to the Broadway Tower on TripAdvisor
Amazing views and a great lunch
Very easy parking. It is quite a steep climb up spiral staircases but the views from the tower are amazing and well worth the effort.
There are displays in the rooms that you pass on your way up and down that are fascinating and give a sense of the history of the tower and its uses over the years.
The restaurant nearby was good value and we had lunch there before continuing on our exploration of the Cotswolds.
Lunch at Morris & Brown’s restaurant at Broadway Tower
Lunch for me was a pasty accompanied by (non-alcoholic) Ginger Beer.
As we left the Austin Healey had gone and in its place was this Triumph Stag.
Broadway Tower: Morris & Brown on TripAdvisor
Great value lunch
After walking to the Broadway Tower and taking in the views we had lunch at this friendly restaurant. Good value and excellent food