Broadway Tower is the iconic landmark of the Cotswolds. Majestically situated on top of a beautiful escarpment, Broadway Tower has enjoyed a colourful history since its conception by Capability Brown over 200 years ago. An eccentric mix of architectural styles the Tower has been home to the renowned printing press of Sir Thomas Phillips, a country retreat for the Pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris, Burne-Jones and Rossetti, as well as a farmhouse.
Cotswold Lavender is a third generation family farm set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold Hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham. In a typical English summer the lavender fields start to come into flower mid June, with the best time to see them early-mid July but it can differ year to year with the weather. Harvest usually starts during the last week of July and continues until early August.
Snowshill Manor is a National Trust property located in the village of Snowshill in the Cotswolds. It is a sixteenth-century country house, best known for its twentieth-century owner, Charles Paget Wade, an eccentric who amassed an enormous collection of objects that interested him.
Stanway House is a beautiful Cotswold Manor house with a stunning garden which rises in a series of dramatic terraced lawns from a rare, picturesque grasswork to the pyramid, which in the eighteenth Century stood at the head of a 623 feet-long cascade descending to a formal canal on the terrace. Inside the house is a fascinating painting recording the cascade as it looked in the eighteenth century.
The 56 acre arboretum at Batsford is an interesting attraction at any time of year. In winter the snowdrops, aconites and early flowering daffodils spring into life, followed by magnolias, hellebores, fritillaries and the beautiful Japanese ornamental cherries – stars of the show from late March until mid April. The handkerchief tree is another show-stopper in May, as are the beautiful wildflower meadows which bloom in high summer.
The Cotswold Falconry Centre is home to over 60 different species of Birds of Prey, with many breeding in front of you right at the centre where you can enjoy these wonderful birds whilst finding out about their conservation. Eagles, hawks, kites, owls, vultures and falcons are flown throughout the day giving you a chance to appreciate their speed, grace, agility, their close relationship with the falconer and to think positively about their conservation.
Museums and Galleries
The Broadway Museum & Art Gallery in Broadway was originally built in the seventeenth century as ‘The Angel Inn’, the building, now known as Tudor House, has been extended and adapted over the years but retains original features and architectural flourishes reflecting trends of the passing eras. The house has been both a farmstead and a private residence and was for 80 years, the headquarters for H.W Keil Ltd, one of the leading dealers in antique furniture in the world.
The museum celebrates the life and work of renowned furniture designer Sir Gordon Russell and his company.
Schooled in the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Cotswolds, Gordon Russell believed that the hand crafted tradition of British cabinet making could be fused with the possibilities of the machine, making good design accessible to all.
From the workshops in the village of Broadway, which now houses the museum, the company gained an international reputation and had a profound influence on British industry, design and education.
Court Barn Museum celebrates the talented designers and craftspeople who have worked in Chipping Campden and the North Cotswolds since the beginning of the twentieth century. This is a story of the Arts and Crafts movement and its legacy, a story of how a small town in a beautiful setting became a gathering place for designers and craftspeople of national and international reputation.
The permanent displays focus on nine individuals or workshops including C.R. Ashbee, Katharine Adams, F.L. Griggs, Gordon Russell, Hart Silversmiths and Robert Welch.
Children's Play Grounds
An impressive 3-acre recreation ground that has been turned into a state of the art activity park to be used and enjoyed by big kids, little kids and adults alike. The park is divided into 4 specific areas for different age groups and the distance between these areas is open grassland. There is lots of great play equipment including a see-saw, climbing poles, twin fly spinners, climbing towers a skate ride simulation and lots more.
A three-acre leisure area has been transformed into a state-of-the-art Activity Park for the entire community to use and enjoy. The park is organised into four distinct zones for different age groups, with open grassland separating them. There is a see-saw, climbing poles, twin fly spinners, climbing towers, a skate ride simulation, and much more fantastic play equipment.
Parks and Green Spaces
Stanton is a picture-perfect Cotswold, unspoilt but still visited by many. The medieval parish church has some early 14th century wall paintings and grooves on the packs of pews, marks made when shepherds used to tie their dogs.
The recreation ground in Chipping Campden is a mere 3-minute walk from the centre of the High Street in the popular Cotswold town, and a wonderful playground that you simply must go visit if you are in the area with children.
Kiftsgate is a family home with the most wonderful gardens. In 2000 the run-down tennis court was converted into a water garden, very modern in design with no plants. Simon Allison designed the elegant fountain with stainless steel stems topped with gilded bronze leaves that reflect well in the black water. The garden is planted to reveal something to see at any time of the year. In spring we look forward to the freshness of the new growth at the start of each season.
Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston. Its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises - an absolute must on your list of places to visit when if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.
Eat and Drink
Give your tastebuds a treat with a vineyard tour and wine tasting at the award-winning Little Oak Vineyard, where you’ll sample their high-quality white wine, award-winning sparkling wine and superb brandy.
You'll start your experience with a short introduction about the vineyard and its wine before heading out on a fascinating tour around the vineyard. Once back in the tasting room you'll taste and learn about the white wines, sparkling wine and brandy made by Little Oak.
Tours run daily and can go ahead no matter the weather.
Chipping Campden is among the most wonderful small towns in the Cotswolds, with a beautiful High Street, interesting shops and great eateries, it’s a must when you’re visiting the area.
In the centre you find the iconic Market Hall, now in the care of the National Trust, it was built back in 1627 by Sir Baptist Hicks to provide shelter for traders selling perishable goods, like cheese and butter, or precious goods, like silks. The paving stones have been worn away by hundreds of years of busy trade – and it’s all too easy to imagine the noise and bustle of traders long ago.