Show Your World: Broadway Tower

One of our favourite places to visit within an easy drive of our home is Broadway in Worcestershire. Although it’s a little “chocolate boxy”, the pretty Cotswolds village has everything you need for a good day out: a fantastic playpark, lovely cafes and the view from Broadway Tower.

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The tower is what is known in this country as a “folly” – in other words something that doesn’t appear to have any real use. It was built more than 200 years ago for Lady Coventry who apparently wanted to find out whether a beacon on top of the hill could be seen from her house in Worcester. She had the tower constructed and found out that indeed, it could. The tower has since been used for a number of things, including as a home for the great Victorian artist William Morris. Today, you can pay to climb the tower if you like – but we prefer to walk on the hill and then have coffee and cake afterwards in the superb nearby cafe.

As an aside, there is also a nuclear bunker constructed into the hill by the tower. We have never visited it – perhaps we’ll get round to it before we leave for South Africa. If not, it’ll still be there when we return – I am assuming, being a place of safety during armageddon, it’s pretty much indestructible.

This post is part of Tiny Expat’s Show Your World series.

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