Arms Hotel, Broadway
Broadway - Gateway to the Cotswolds - is to be found just
off the A44 (which now by-passes the village) between Moreton
in Marsh and Evesham.
The village of Broadway was probably established
in 557 AD after the Battle of Dyrham, by conquering South
Saxons advancing to Worcester. In 972 it was granted by King
Edgar to the Benedictine Abbey of Pershore and remained so
until Henry VIII's Reformation in 1538. From about 1600 Broadway
became an important staging post. During this time a journey
from Worcester to London could take 17 hours and a stop and
change of horses would have been made at the Lygon Arms, which
is now a world famous 5 star hotel.
Broadway is one of the most beautiful villages
in Britain. Stroll along the lovely High Street, lined with
attractive wide grass verges. Most of the magnificent, honey
coloured Cotswold stone buildings along the High Street were
built during the 17th and 18th centuries with two dating back
to the 14th century.
Browse in the range of shops which include several art galleries
and antique shops, fine clothes, jewellery, a wonderful delicatessen,
a specialist tea/coffee shop, a butcher, banks, hairdressers,
chemist, newsagent and many more. There is even a Farmers'
Market held on the first Thursday of the month.
Choose from a variety of hotels, restaurants
and pubs offering a wide range of cuisine. For those keen
on walking, there are many public footpaths in the area including
the Cotswold Way, which passes through Broadway on its way
from Chipping Campden to Bath.