May

Chichester, Hampshire

Thursday 9th May - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£40

There's lots to do in just a day in this historic cathedral city: the 1501 Chichester Cross; the Norman Chichester Cathedral; the Novium, showing Roman bath house remains, as well as giving access to a 13th century priory; and finally a visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens.

Read more about Chichester here

Wrest Park

Thursday 23rd May - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£45 - (includes entry) | (English Heritage Members £34)

Explore the evolution of the English garden and take a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park.The layout of wooded walks and canals, centred on the architectural highlight of the pavilion was designed by Thomas Archer in 1709-11. Later, garden buildings such as the Bath house and the Chinese Pavilion, were added. The Orangery, Italian Garden and Parterre with magnificent lead statues date from the 1830s.

Read more about Wrest Park here

Winchester

Thursday 30th May - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£40

Spend the day with us in Winchester, England’s ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great and one-time home to Keats. The perfect English city on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Winchester combines cosmopolitan elegance with rural idyll. Enjoy a walk around the City exploring its history and heritage with visits to the beautiful Cathedral, Wolvesey Castle and various museums and galleries, whilst also enjoying the great shopping and restaurants the City has to offer.

Read more about Winchester here

June

Hastings & Rye, Sussex

Thursday 6th June - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 45 mins

£35

In Hastings, ride the East and West Hill Lifts. The East Hill Lift is the steepest in the UK and provides wonderful views of the Old Town and English Channel; plus access to the green and pleasant Hastings Country Park. The West Hill Lift ascends from George Street through a natural cave to the oldest Norman Castle and Smugglers Adventure. Rye in Sussex is renowned for the calm and relaxed character of a medieval Cinque Ports town and steeped in history and old-world charm.

Read more about Hastings & Rye here

July

Waddesdon Manor, House & Grounds Tour and Cream Tea

Thursday 11th July - Depart: 10am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£55 - (National Trust Members £40)

Where else can you find a French Renaissance château built by a Rothschild in the 19th century, and filled with royal treasures and many objects with an exceptional story to tell? There’s the marvellous mechanical elephant, French decorative objets d’art, historic arms, and of course the stunning grounds. We’ll have a tour of both, and finish off with a cream tea.

Read more about Waddesdon Manor here

Chiddingstone Castle & Knole, Kent

Wednesday 24th July - Depart: 9am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

CHANGE OF DATE

£55 - (includes entry to both)

We will start our Kent visit at Chiddingstone Castle, learn about its history and about Denys Eyre Bower and his art collections. Then a short walk around the grounds, through the Ancient Egyptian inspired grass maze and over to the Victorian Orangery. We’ll stop for refreshments in the Tea Room, and then finish our visit at the Gift Shop and the Antiques and second hand bookshop. We’ll then go on to the outstanding 600 year old estate of Knole House: originally built as an archbishop’s palace, Knole passed through royalty to the Sackville family, who still live there today.

Read more about Chiddingstone Castle & Knole here

September

Audley End House, Essex

Saturday 7th September - Depart: 10am / Return: 5pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£45 - (includes entry) | (English Heritage Members £27)

We will experience a real life period drama as we explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion. With glorious gardens and stunning countryside views, it’s not only the grounds at Audley End that are unmissable. The authentic Victorian Service Wing, impressive 17th century stable block, intricate interiors and wonderful works of art are all waiting to be discovered. We’ll stop for refreshments at the Servant’s Hall Tea Room before heading home.

Read more about Audley End House here