In a Nutshell
Broadway is one of our most frequently visited places. It offers a relaxing stroll around a charming village centre with a variety of quality shops, cafes and local walks. Although popular, Broadway's shops tend to attract more of a local clientele so you don't get the same crowds of overseas tourists as you do in some of the Cotswold villages.
Parking and Pooping
There are two main car parks that are a short walk from the main High St. The most central is off Church Close, on the western side of the High St and is the one you are most likely to use if arriving from the M5/A46. There are public toilets here and the car park is just across the road from the purpose built mews style arcade that leads to the village centre. There are no grass areas at the car park for pup, but it is only a short walk to the village centre where there are plenty of grass verges and the village green.
The second main car park is on the Leamington Road and the one you will see first if arriving from the north or east on the A44 by-pass. There are no toilets here, but for pup there are grass verges just outside the car park entrance. The closest public toilets are a short walk in to the village and are clearly sign posted.
During the busy summer season both car parks get very busy and the central car park in particular often has a parade of cars prowling for spaces. However, the turnover of spaces is quite high so persevere. There are some spaces on the High St, but for short periods only.
Broadway is primarily centered around the high st and a mews style collection of shops near the central green. Pavements are wide, with deep grass verges and there are numerous benches dotted along the verges to take a rest on or simply soak up some sun. The by-pass that was built a few years ago diverts most of the through traffic so cars on the high st are fewer now. The combination of wide pavements and reduced traffic makes for a very relaxing walk and we always see lots of dogs on our visits.
It is easy to step back from the village and find country walks with great views just off the high st. The most obvious is the Cotswold Way footpath route to Broadway Tower, a folly perched high above the village. The path starts on the eastern end of High St, with a steep climb up to the tower. There is a cafe a couple minutes walk behind the tower with good outdoor seating to give you chance to recover.
Less obvious is a path leading behind the houses leading off from Church St on the western side of the village. This pleasant walk is mainly flat and takes you across fields with nice views back to the village. Plenty of sheep in the fields so keep pup on the lead!
Keeping the Humans Amused
The High St is made up of classic Cotswold stone houses and the central village has a real charm. The effect of the by-pass has been to divide Broadway into two sections, with the eastern section beyond the roundabout becoming much quieter and reverting to largely residential use. The central/western end of the High St are where the green and majority of the shops and cafe's are.
Broadway seems to have gone through a resurgence in recent years. Once noted mainly for its art galleries and for the well known Lygon Arms Hotel & Restaurant, it now features a range of quality antique and home interior shops. There are a small number of clothing shops, notably Landmark selling a wide range of good quality outdoor wear which is dog friendly. There are the usual smattering of gift and curio shops and the Gordon Russell Design Museum to visit as well.
There are numerous cafe's, pubs and restaurants in the village. There are two central pubs with plentiful outdoor seating. Tisanes Tea Shop by the green and Foxy Browns between the car park and the mews arcade cafe both allow dogs inside and offer a good range of snacks, cakes and meals. Hunters of Broadway on the high st also has a small under cover courtyard to the rear. Leaf and Bean just off the green normally has a couple of tables outside too. Russell's Fish & Chips offers a posh take on the chippy with plenty of outdoor seating.
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