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    ICE-CREAM LADY

    by balhannah Written Jan 25, 2012

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    Ice-cream Lady

    Feel like an ice-cream?

    Well, in Broadway, there isn't any need to go into a shop to buy an ice-cream, as there is an Ice-cream Lady.

    The Lady looked lovely, dressed in a pink and white striped outfit and wearing a Boater hat. Her Trolley was painted to match, very smart!

    She wheeled her lovely trolley along the street, stopped, and soon was doing business!

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    BROADWAY and the VILLAGE GREEN

    by balhannah Written Jan 25, 2012

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    Do you ever wonder how Town's inherit their name's?
    I do!
    Broadway is is named after it's wide main street, which is one of the longest high streets in England. This 'Broad Way', culminates in the village green, and area of lawn and seating
    The "Broadway" is lined with a mix of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings, built in the picturesque honey-coloured Cotswold Limestone.
    On the edge of the green is the imposing and beautiful Lygon Arms Hotel.

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    THATCHED ROOF COTTAGE'S

    by balhannah Written Jan 25, 2012

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    I always enjoy finding these, this is what I wanted to see in England, and Broadway had some of the best.
    They were away from the main road, I just came across them on my walk, so head "off the beaten track" to find them!

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    THE LYGON ARMS

    by balhannah Updated Jan 25, 2012

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    The Lygon Arms, located in the main street of Broadway, is a Hotel steeped in history!

    In the 16th century, it was known as the White Hart Inn, the owner was a Mr. White, a Wool merchant.
    History was made in 1651, when Oliver Cromwell stayed at the Inn the night before the Battle of Worcester, the final and decisive battle of the great Civil War, fought between King Charles I and his "Cavaliers" and Parliament's "Roundheads".

    I always find it fascinating to be in a place like this, where historic people once stood where my husband and I were standing today. The Inn was such a place, it was here where
    King Charles1 conferred with his confidants, and what about if you had the same room Oliver Cromwell!

    Since 2005, it is known as the Lygon Arms, a traditional Inn, full of history and serving fine cruisine.

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    SNOWSHILL LAVENDER FARM

    by balhannah Written Jan 25, 2012

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    On our drive around some back roads, we came across the Snowshill Lavender farm.
    We weren't looking for it, but as we were here, and the Lavender was in full flower, I walked to the fence to have a look.
    I was going to go in, but there was an admission charge, so I decided against it, as have been to one at home for free.

    Still, I had a good view from the roadside. They have 53 acres of lavender, 250,000 plants, some 70 miles of rows!
    There were quite a few colours ranging from the rich deep purples through subtle blues to delicate pinks and whites, a very pretty sight.

    There is a distillery here, also a gift shop situated in a Cotswold Stone Barn.
    In season, lavender plants are for sale.
    Toiletries and Oil's,Lavender grains, bags and microwaveable warmers along with many other product's are for sale.

    Closed for Winter, re-open March 31st 2012

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    Warwick Castle

    by Markyreid Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Inside Warwick Castle

    Warwick Castle is one of the largest castles still existing in England today. It had a range of activities, ranging from a dinner party in one part of the castle, to falconry outside in the gardens.
    It cost 15 pounds each to enter, but you could quiet easily spend 5 or so hours inside. We lasted about 3 hours, only because we wanted to leave and see other towns in the Cotswolds.
    I recommend getting there early when the gates open at 10:30 to beat the line ups. There was plenty of parking for the early arrivals.

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    Broadway Tower

    by DUNK67 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Broadway Tower

    Broadway Tower is built upon the top of Fish Hill, set in acres of land it overlooks the Counties of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire for miles and probably more counties if the truth be known. It can be seen from miles around so doesn`t take much finding.

    As well as the Tower the area surrounding it contains woodland walks, farm animals, picnic area, play area, gift shop and restaurant.

    Opening Times
    10.30am-5.00pm daily (Apr-Oct)
    11.00am-3.00pm (Nov-March on Saturdays and Sundays only)

    Admission
    Adult £4.00 Child £2.30 Concessions £3.00
    Family ticket (2 adults-3 children) £11.50
    [Passport tickets valid for one calendar year:
    Family £34.50 Adult £12.00]

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    Oldest Inn in Britain

    by londonlover Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Lygon Arms

    Oliver Cromwell stayed here, and it's still a functioning inn. I didn't stay here, because I prefer staying in quaint B&B's, but it's definitely worth a look inside, or even an overnight stop if it intrigues you.

    I did have dinner in their restaurant--see my restaurant tips for more info.

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    Tisane's and other shops in town

    by londonlover Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Isn't it cute?

    Broadway is obviously a huge tourist destination, but it's not gaudy. Therefore, there are many, many shops lining High Street (the only truly commercial street in town). Tisane's is one of them, a charming tearoom/teapot shop where I bought some loose tea to take home with me.

    If you're into trinkets, teas, candy, wool, pottery, and country clothing, you could easily spend several hours in the shops on High Street, which are pleasant by way of being housed in the ancient stone buildings for which the Cotswolds are known.

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    Broadway Tower in the Rain

    by DEBBBEDB Written Jul 29, 2007

    We went to Greet for lunch and Broadway tower after. The tower is a folly, built at the end of the 1700s on the top of the hill. Unfortunately, the morning was sunny and the afternoon was rainy. They say you can see 13 counties from Broadway Tower, but not in the pouring rain. Oh well.

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    The High Street

    by evaanna Updated Aug 26, 2006

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    The High Street is the main street of Broadway and practically the only one that really counts. It starts below the Village Green and runs for about 1.5 km. There were once two streams running down it on either side of the road, which were put underground in about 1900. The street's beautiful houses are all made of local limestone, some are partly timber-framed. Honey-coloured and either slate-roofed or thatched, with high chimneys, they date back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, a few even to the 14th, when the village was the property of the Benedictine Abbey at Pershore. Little changed since they were built, they delight the eye and stir the imagination. Many have wonderful gardens at the back and creepers all over their facades. Read about their fascinating stories in the booklet 'Broadway. An invitation...'
    Then you won't miss one of the last houses in the village, which is Orchard Farm, in the early 1900s the home of the Queen Mother's aunt, Lady Maude Bowes-Lyon, whom the Queen Mother often came to stay with as a child. We thought we had come to the end of the village and turned back before we reached it.

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    The booklet will be your guide.

    by evaanna Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    Guide to Broadway

    If you visit Broadway as an individual tourist and have no guide, your first steps should take you to the Tourist Information Centre in Cotswold Court. The small booklet 'Broadway. An invitation...' that they have for sale there (just 40 p.) will tell you all you need to know about the most interesting houses in the village. Without it, you will be as lost as we were, not knowing what is what, unless you just want to browse and see the shops and pubs. Unluckily for us, the centre was closed when we arrived and we got the booklet only after we had finished sightseeing - it was much too hot to go back....
    The result was that I didn't even know that I had taken a picture of a part of the famous pub Lygon Arms, where during the Civil War King Charles I held secret meetings with his supporters and Oliver Cromwell actually stayed there. I only discovered the building in my picture WAS that inn at home after comparing it with another vt-er's picture (londonlover, thank you) You mustn't miss it!

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    Wisteria Cottage

    by evaanna Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    High Street with Wisteria Cottage

    Wisteria Cottage and the cottage next to it both date back to 1602. Why the cottage is called that, can best be seen in early spring when the wisteria climbing it is in blossom. But even as late as we were there, in July, the plant looked imposing and brought colour and life to the honey-coloured stone walls. The place was once owned by Oliver Morris, whose family have lived in Broadway for hundreds of years. One of the roads in Broadway bears his name.
    The cottage next to it in the picture houses a gallery, Broadway Modern.

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    Broadway Tower Country Park

    by evaanna Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    Broadway Tower Country Park and beyond
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    Broadway Tower is surrounded by vast open spaces of a country park. You can follow one of the nature trails and visit the red deer enclosure. Mid-June is best to be there, especially if you bring your children with you, as you can see newborn baby deer. Bring your lunch with you and have it in one of the picnic areas in the park.
    If you don't have enough time or energy for hiking, you can at least sit on the grass at the foot of Broadway Tower and enjoy the magnificent scenery. There is also a cafe and some benches by the car park, which commands a great view of the valley too, but in a different direction.
    Maps and directions available in the Tower shop.

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    Broadway Tower

    by evaanna Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    The site of Broadway Tower is not accidental. Already in ancient times it was a beacon used for observation of the area far and wide. From the hill on which it stands on a clear day you can see as many as 13 counties and even as far as the Welsh mountains. Of course, you will see even more if you climb the tower. The view is stunning but the history of the tower itself is worth studying as well. Built in the 18th century, it has since been used for various purposes. At one time it housed the well-known printing press of Sir Thomas Phillips. Then William Morris, the notable artist, designer and craftsman but also writer and poet made it his home. You can now see his room there. The tower was also the place for study of the celebrated archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. On a less grand scale, it was also used simply as a farm house. The tower is surrounded by a country park, more about it in a separate tip.
    There is a free car park and a cafe about 200 m from the tower.

    Opening times: weekdays 10.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. (April - October)
    Sat. and Sun. 11.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.
    Admission: Adult - 3.50 GBP, child - 2 GBP, concessions - 3 GBP

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