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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Something of a Cotswolds institution, the Lygon has been welcoming guests since the 14th century, and has played a part in some of the pivotal moments in British history, including acting as a base for King Charles I and his supporters to assemble before battle.

The 21st-century Lygon combines its long past with plenty of contemporary comforts – handmade mattresses and quality toiletries in the rooms, a luxury spa with a gym and pool, cocktails by the fire and upscale dining in the opulent Lygon Bar and Grill. Décor is dark and moody – great for cosy winter stays, but less appealing when the sun is out.

It’s beloved of American tourists and those searching for something a little more old-school than the Cotswold’s new breed of boutique hotels – traditionalists will find much to love.

Surrounding area

The Lygon Arms is in the centre of Broadway, one of the Cotswolds’ most picturesque villages.

The hotel sits on the main street – a genteel street of upscale cafés, restaurants and shops. All around the hotel are historic buildings of golden Cotswold stone – on the main strip and in the character-filled alleyways off it. Broadway is never noisy, but it does get crowded in peak season, being a favourite stop of the tour buses.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Exterior of a tower on a hill on a sunny day.

Broadway Tower

Broadway, Worcestershire, United Kingdom (UK)[2.2 miles]

An 18th-century folly designed by Capability Brown, the Tower is the highest point in the Cotswolds, with views over 16 counties.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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A room with lots of paintings and ceramics

Gallery at the Guild

Chipping, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)[5.5 miles]

Housed in an old silk mill in Chipping Campden, the gallery showcases work by twenty local artists, including sculptors, painters, ceramicists, photographers and wood-turners.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Court Barn Museum

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)[6.1 miles]

A charming small museum in Chipping Campden, shining a light on local craftspeople and artists working in the area from the 1900s to the present day.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

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Cycle the Cotswolds Line

The Cotswolds, United Kingdom (UK)[7.8 miles]

Traffic-light, peaceful 75-mile cycling trail through some of England’s prettiest countryside and charming Cotswolds villages.

Best for ages: Any | Free | Up to 2 days

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The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds, United Kingdom (UK)

One of England’s most beautiful regions – a patchwork landscape of idyllic countryside, postcard-perfect villages and cosy historic boutique hotels.

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