Broadway ... a potted guide

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Bustling with visitors all the year round, Broadway is without doubt one of the most beautiful Cotswold villages.
As its name suggests, Broadway is dominated by a long, wide main street lined with shops, hotels, restaurants and antique shops. 

The village was once an important staging post on the London to Worcester route and many of the fine buildings along the main street began their lives as inns to serve the passing trade. 

The amount of traffic through Broadway has plummeted in recent times following the opening of the A44 bypass in 1998, and the village appears to have largely benefited from no longer having heavy vehicles thundering through its centre. 

In 2008, the Gordon Russell Design Museum opened in Broadway, celebrating the work of the acclaimed furniture designer who was schooled in the Arts & Crafts tradition of the Cotswolds and whose company was based in Broadway for 60 years. 

One of the area's newest attractions, the Ashmolean Museum Broadway, displays objects from the 17th to the 21st centuries over three floors of Tudor House, a former 17th Century coaching inn. 

St Eadburgha's Church is tucked away in Snowshill Road but is worth finding. Overlooking the village at the top of Fish Hill is Broadway Tower, a folly built at the end of the 18th Century by James Wyatt on a site that was for centuries used as a signal beacon and is now an iconic viewpoint with a nearby country park.

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