Stow-on-the-Wold / Bourton-on-the-Water
Sunday 19th April - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours
With its grand manors and gardens, quaint cottages and quiet backwaters, ancient woodlands and rolling hills, Stow is the quintessential Cotswold town, just waiting to be discovered. Later, we’ll move on to one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on-the-Water with its wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges.
Includes entry to all visitor areas
Wednesday 13th May - Depart: 10am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour
£25 for NT Members
From 1922, Chartwell was the much-loved family home of Winston Churchill and the place from which he drew inspiration until the end of his life. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived there, and there is now a new exhibition which gives unique insight into his life. The hillside gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot, a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary.
Read more about Chartwell, Kent here
Chiddingstone Castle, Kent
Wednesday 20th May - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 6.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30m
During our visit to Chiddingstone Castle, we’ll 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.
Read more about Chiddingstone Castle, Kent here
Claydon Estate (House & Gardens), Bucks
Includes entry to house & gardens
Wednesday 27th May - Depart: 10.30am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 15m
£35 for NT Members
Originally owned by the Verney family and now owned by the National Trust, Claydon House - often referred to as “an unexpected Georgian jewel” - is a testament to 18th century extravagance. Its unassuming exterior hides some of England’s most lavish interiors, with soaring double height rooms crowded with intricate carvings and exotic designs. We’ll enjoy the beautiful gardens, lovely countryside views, lakes and the ancient parish church (not National Trust) which is still in use today. The Courtyard, houses a selection of galleries and shops to browse.
Read more about Claydon Estate here
Rye & Camber, Sussex
Thursday 4th June - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7.30pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours
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. St Mary’s church tower (usually open to the public) offers the best viewpoint to show the terracotta roofs of the many timbered houses. These ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages, once the haunt of smugglers and highwaymen, regularly attract film crews in search of historical settings for period productions. We’ll spend most of our day in Rye, then spend an hour or so on nearby Camber Sands before heading home.
Read more about Rye & Camber, Sussex here
Althorp House & Estate, Northampton
Includes entry to house & gardens
Sunday 26th July - Depart: 10.30am / Return: 6.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30m
£35 for HHA Members
Opening up to visitors this year, we’ll marvel at the beautiful interiors of this famous house, and also one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, pictures and ceramics. There will be a new exhibition celebrating the relationship between the Spencer Family and the Animals of Althorp, as well as a new item added to exhibition ‘The Spencers: The History of an English Family’ which illustrates 500 years of the Spencer family and their contribution to English public life.
Read more about Althorp House & Estate, Northampton here
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village
Includes entry to all areas
Thursday 24th September - Depart: 10am / Return: 6.30pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours
£38 for NT Members
A quintessential English village, Lacock village has it all : quaint traditional stone cottages, the old workhouse, the medieval tithe barn, the old lock- up and the village church. Lacock Abbey is packed with history. It started as an abbey and nunnery, then became the Tudor family home of William Henry Fox Talbot who invented the photographic negative. Lacock has also now become a famous filming location and its appearances include Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, Wolf Hall and Pride and Prejudice.
Read more about Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village here
Sandringham Estate, Norfolk
Includes entry to house, gardens & museum
Wednesday 30th September - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7.30pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours 15m
Sandringham was built in 1870 by the Prince & Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) and has remained the private home for 4 generations of British monarchs. The décor and contents of the house remain very much as they were in Edwardian times. Sandringham is surrounded by 60 acres of glorious mature gardens.
Read more about Sandringham Estate, Norfolk here
Sunday 11th October - Depart: 8.30am / Return: 8pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours
Norwich is a complementary fusion of the modern and historic. Like any great city its centre is easy to walk around and has a river at its heart. As well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent as well as High Street shopping, lively restaurants, bars and a heritage that is a delight to explore.
Read more about Norwich, Norfolk here