4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Admission into Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Tredegar House & Hidcote Manor Gardens
Visit to Gloucester & Sharpness Canal cruise
Excursion to Worcester
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – This morning we visit Worcester for some free time. Best known for its magnificent Cathedral, which rises majestically above the city. Attracting visitors from all over the world, since the 18th Century the Cathedral has been famous for its part in the annual Three Choirs Festival, the oldest choral festival in existence. This afternoon we continue to our hotel.
Day 2 – After breakfast we take you to Sudeley Castle & Gardens – the only private castle in England to have a Queen buried within its grounds. Katerine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives – Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, the castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acres estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queen’s; Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I once walked upon the original Tudor Paterre. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 – After a leisurely morning, this afternoon we visit the National Trust’s Tredegar House, one of the most significant late 17th Century houses in the British Isles. Situated within 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parklands, this delightful red brick house was the ancestral home of the Morgan Family, later Lords Tredegar for more than 500 years. The Morgans were an extremely proud Welsh family, who claimed to be descents from the Welsh princes and were a dominant influence on the political, social and economic life of the countries of Brecon, Glamorgan and Monmouth up until the 1940’s.
Day 4 – Today we travel to Gloucester Docks, here, we will enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Discover the history of the canal while relaxing on board the Queen Boadicea II – built in 1936, this vessel helped evacuate troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in May 1940. Later, we visit the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Gardens, where we spend the rest of the day. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston it is one of the country’s greatest gardens! Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour.
Day 5 – After an enjoyable stay (and another hearty breakfast) we return home.