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Visitors will have an opportunity to explore inside an unusual eye-catcher at a National Trust property, near Upton upon Severn, on special open days.

Croome will be opening the doors of the Panorama Tower where visitors can climb the spiral staircase and chat to staff whilst taking in the Croome landscape from another perspective.

The Panorama Tower has a unique location as it not only overlooks Croome but on a clear day you can see Worcester Cathedral, Abberley Tower and even Clee Hill from the large circular balcony.  Originally designed by James Wyatt in 1801, it is made of Bath stone and modelled on Tempietto Romao in Rome.

Acquired by the National Trust in 2009, Croft Conservation were immediately contracted to undertake restoration work which included replacing the door, installing sash windows, repairing the roof dome and repairs to the balustrades on the balcony.

Often spotted by passing motorists travelling along the M5, many people don’t realise it’s on the edge of an historic estate that used to stretch for over 14,000 acres in the 18th century.  Once inside, the staircase takes you up to a circular balcony which visitors can walk around to take in the views.

The Panorama Tower is open between 11am-2pm on Sunday 20 January, Monday 18 February and Saturday 23 March.  It’s free to visit the eye-catcher but donations are always welcomed to continue to care for this important Grade 1 listed building.  Call 01905 371006 for more information.

For more information about the new viewpoint ad how to get to Croome (NT), please click here.

Photo credit: Kathryn Rudd

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