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Evesham

National Rail | station code EVE

Worcestershire near Cotswolds

Evesham is a picturesque market town on the River Avon. The Vale of Evesham is well known for its fruit and vegetable growing with asparagus being a speciality. The Bus Station (in the High Street) is just over ¼ mile from the Rail Station.

TI Almonry Heritage Centre. Tel. 01386 446944.

www.eveshamtown.co.uk

Accommodation in Evesham area

Almonry Heritage Centre ½ mile

A 14th century building, once home to the Almoner of the Benedictine Abbey, housing displays and exhibits showing how Evesham has developed. Tel. 01386 446944.
Open MTThFS 1000-1700, also Sun (Mar-Oct only) 1400-1700.
www.almonryevesham.org

Evesham map

Broadway by bus

Broadway is a large Cotswolds village with a wide High Street lined with a picturesque mixture of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings. It is known as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds'. The Cotswold Way National Trail passes through Broadway.
Bus R4 from near Rail Station (also from Bus Station) to Broadway High Street, about 20 minutes journey. M-S about 2-hourly but no late afternoon journeys on Sat, operated by NN Cresswell. Buses also operate from Moreton-in-Marsh, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham.

www.visit-broadway.co.uk

Broadway is a good place to stay if you are happy to explore the area by bus (or on foot) with buses to Cheltenham, Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as Evesham.

Accommodation in Broadway:

Russell's Lygon Arms Broadway Hotel Crown & Trumpet Inn

If you are travelling to Broadway from London I recommend taking a train to Moreton-in-Marsh then bus (or pre-booked taxi) from Moreton-in-Marsh station forecourt.

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery by bus

A branch of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, this museum has exhibits with connections to the local landscape and Broadway's history, including paintings, tapestries and ceramics. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01386 859047.
Open TWThFS & BH 1000-1700 (1500 Nov-Jan).
www.broadwaymuseum.org.uk
Bus see Broadway above.

Gordon Russell Design Museum by bus

The Museum celebrates the life and work of the designer Gordon Russell and his Company. The museum is housed in the original workshop and its furniture collection covers a range of styles including Arts and Crafts, Modernism and Utility. Tel. 01386 854695.
Open Feb-Dec, TWThFSSu 1100-1700 (1600 Nov/Dec/Feb).
www.gordonrussellmuseum.org
Bus see Broadway above.

Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway by bus then ½ mile

A 16 mile standard gauge steam and diesel railway from Broadway to Cheltenham Race Course. Heritage Trail at Toddington. Events programme. Tearooms at Winchcombe and Toddington stations. Tel. 01242 621405.
Open please see website for operating days and train times.
www.gwsr.com
Bus see Broadway above.

Broadway map Broadway Walk map

Broadway Tower by bus then 1½ miles

Broadway Tower is a Capability Brown folly on an ancient beacon site. There are exhibitions on three floors and dramatic views from the roof, on a clear day you can see 16 counties. Restaurant. Tel. 01386 853390.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
www.broadwaytower.co.uk
Bus see Broadway above then 1½ miles uphill walk along the Cotswold Way.
The map shows a 6½ mile circular walk continuing to the picturesque village of Snowshill and Snowshill Manor before returning to Broadway. The uphill section to Broadway Tower can be avoided by taking Bus 1 (towards Moreton-in-Marsh) to Broadway Country Park turning at the top of Fish Hill.

Snowshill Manor & Garden NT by bus then 2½ miles

Snowshill Manor contains an eccentric collection of historic and interesting objects collected by the artist and architect Charles Wade who lived in the adjacent garden cottage (also open). Terraced garden. Café and picnic area. Tel. 01386 852410.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1200-1700, Garden from 1130, admission by timed ticket.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor
Bus see Broadway above, then 2½ miles walk partly uphill.
The picturesque village of Snowshill is nearby and well worth visiting.

Hailes Abbey EH/NT by G-W Railway

Ruins of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1246. Museum with sculptures, stonework and other finds from the site. Medieval wall-paintings in the adjacent parish church. Owned by NT but managed and maintained by EH. Tel. 01242 602398.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.
www.english-heritage.org.uk | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hailes-abbey
G-W Railway see above, trains stop by request at Hayles Abbey Halt (note spelling), ½ mile from the Abbey. See the guard in good time (before Toddington) to request a stop. When returning hold your arm out as the train approaches (like hailing a bus) - avoid waving as this may be mistaken for excitement at seeing a steam train!

Hailes Abbey map
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Coughton Court NT by bus

Home to the Throckmorton family since 1409, Coughton Court is still very much a family home with an intimate feel. Discover the history of the Catholic family, including their link to the infamous Gunpowder Plot. Gardens with riverside walk and roses. Café. Tel. 01789 400777.
Open Apr-Sep, WThFSSu 1100-1700. Mar & Oct, ThFSSu 1100-1700 House only.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coughton-court
Bus 247 from Bus Station (just over ¼ mile from Rail Station) to opposite entrance shortly after Alcester. 55 minutes journey, M-S only, about hourly. Operated by Diamond Bus.
Buses also operate from Stratford-upon-Avon.