Worcestershire is in the West Midlands of England. With endless pasturelands and numerous small villages, this county could probably best be described as the "heartland of Great Britain." There is a lot of history here, from Roman ruins to Medieval castles to stately manor homes and small villages filled with stone houses. Tourist can take scenic drives down narrow country roads, cycle through frozen-in-time towns and walk along the Cotswold Way, one of the region's longest hiking trails. There is a lot going on in Worcestershire, but the best place to start your tour is Broadway. This tiny town has enough attractions to fill up a weekend.
Worcester, the country's main town, is on England's national rail network. Most of the surrounding countryside is best explored by car. Because Broadway is so popular, it is served by a number of private coach companies, so getting there without renting a car in London or Worcester is convenient (as long as you don't plan to explore the region further). If you do choose to rent a car, there are a number of parking lots ("car parks" in the local vernacular) on the outskirts of Broadway. The Cotswold Way is a long distance walking path that goes through the entire region (Cotswolds is the name for this part of the West Midlands). It crosses through Broadway, so visitors can take a hike for a few miles before returning to the village. Walking is also the best way to get around town and to get to the Broadway Tower, which is the most famous attraction in the county (and one of the most well-known in the entire West Midlands).
Broadway is a classic English countryside town. Because of its quaint atmosphere and the surrounding scenery and attractions, it is sometimes referred to as the "Jewel of the Cotswolds." Aside from strolling through town and checking out the shops and cafes, the best thing to do here is to take a hike on the area's trails. We've already mentioned the Cotswold Way, but there are other options near Broadway as well. The Broadway Tower, a beacon built during the Middle Ages, is impressive when seen from the ground. You can also climb up to the top and enjoy panoramic views of the entire region.
Eating is a unique experience in Worcestershire. Classic English inns are still going strong here. Many of these places embrace their past by keeping the hand-hewn furniture and stone walls that they have had for more than a century. The Swan Inn is one such place in the middle of Broadway. If you have a car, you can eat at more of these country inns. The Wild Rabbit, which is actually across the border in Oxforshire, has rooms in addition to an atmospheric restaurant that serves delicious dishes made from local ingredients.
The Lygon Arms is a Broadway Hotel that features several dozen rooms, each decorated using a distinct theme. For people seeking somewhere special, the best choice in the area is the Foxhill Manor. This is not some sort of hotel that has been made to look like a country manor. It is actually a mansion that can be rented out on an exclusive basis. If you are looking for the perfect place to spend a holiday in the English countryside, this is the spot. Foxhill has three large suites and five rooms, each with its own distinct decor and atmosphere. This is not only the perfect base for exploring Broadway, Worcestershire and the Cotswolds, it is also a good venue for celebrating a special occasion.
Different rooms in Foxhill can be used depending on what type of event(s) you want to have. Intimate weddings are held in the Ballroom, while holiday parties, family reunions, and weekend friends get-togethers can also be accommodated at Foxhill.
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