Explore the Cotswolds
Broadway and the Cotswolds
Whether you’re heading hillside with the whole clan, family or escaping the hustle and bustle with your better half, the Cotswolds are filled with hidden gems just waiting for you to discover.
Call it the show village of England or the jewel of the Cotswolds, Broadway leaves a lasting impression on everyone that visits. The picturesque village and high street, watched over by the imposing Broadway Tower, offers boutique stores, antiques shops, galleries and museums along with a collection of cafés, where you can sit back, take in the views or just people watch.
Broadway and beyond
From afternoons meandering through quaint villages lined with chocolate-box cottages and local shops or exploring the countryside by horseback, here is our guide to going out when you visit our Hillside Hangouts.
Breathtaking views across 16 counties
Designed by Capability Brown, this iconic Cotswold landmark is set within 200-acres of parkland, next to a café and a nuclear bunker to explore – a relic from the Cold War.
Independent delicatessen and café
Swing by the Broadway Deli and stock up on fresh, local produce, from vibrant veggies and artisan cheeses, to fresh bread, deli foods and more. The deli is located in Broadway village, just a short drive away.
Explore the Cotswolds by Rail
All aboard the heritage steam and diesel trains of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, starting from Broadway’s beautifully preserved rail station and travelling though the countryside to Cheltenham.
Pottery studio, shop and workshops
A family-run business, where Alan and Annabel Cusack, create their beautifully crafted tableware range and offer workshops, taster classes and bespoke events.
Family fun days
Keeping the kids entertained is no mean feat.
But what can we say? We like a challenge. So here are our top destinations in the Cotswolds for family fun days – you can thank us later!
Further across the Cotswolds
Follow in the footsteps of William Shakespeare in this historic market town. Discover the playwrights birthplace, his true-love Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company on the banks of the River Avon.
Visit the dreaming city of spires, home to the world-famous Oxford university – built in the 11th Century, where you’ll recognise some familiar sites from the Harry Potter movie. Explore the university parks and museums along with historic inns and tucked-away taverns dating back centuries.
From its heyday as a resort and spa town, Cheltenham’s magnificent Regency architecture still stands in all its glory. Enjoy tea and dancing at Pitville Pumproom or find boutique shops and restaurants in Montpelier. Cheltenham is also world famous for horseracing, most notably the Cheltenham Gold Cup, as well as its annual literary and jazz festivals.
Close to our Hangouts, the beauty of this ancient wool town, with its honey-coloured Cotswold stone cottages, will take your breath away. Famed as the Centre of the Arts and Craft movement, you’ll find many independent shops, featuring local produce and antiques.
Another beautiful Cotswold village, including Snowshill Manor and Garden, home to the eccentric Charles Wade, who transformed the property into a showcase for his extensive collection of rare and unusual finds. And for more awe-inspiring views, visit Cotswold Lavender Farm, with its acres of lavender rolling over the hills.
The location of Winston Churchill’s childhood home Blenheim Palace, with its breathtaking palace architecture and lavish interiors, featuring year-round events and exciting winter festivals including its Halloween and Christmas light show.
Bourton on the Water
Also known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, this quintessential English village is perfect for a family picnic, with attractions for all the family, including Birdland, a 100-year-old model village, car museum and many boutique gift shops.
A historic Cotswold mill town, close to Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm and and the mystic Rollright Stones, with its three megalithic monuments: the Kings Men stone circle, the Kings Stone monolith and the Whispering Knights.
Moreton in Marsh
A historic market town, with boutique shops and cafés set along the old Roman route the Fosse Way. The rail station also proves a direct link to Oxford and London Paddington.