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Sunday 13 September 2020


13th – 18th September, 2020


Itinerary Summary:


Day 1         Executive coach to our hotel, the 4* Q Hotel Dunston Hall Hotel on the outskirts of Norwich for a three night stay, via the National Trust’s Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, a magnificent 18th century house. 


Day 2         With our Blue Badge guide we enjoy a guided tour at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at Salle, a building dated between 1405 and 1420. We continue to the National Trust’s Blickling Hall, Garden and Park, one of England’s great Jacobean houses, famed for its spectacular long gallery, superb plasterwork ceilings and fine collections. Later we visit St Helen’s Church at Ranworth, often known as 'The Cathedral of the Broads', with its magnificent painted rood screen, The Ranworth Antiphoner, and a superbly carved cantor's desk.


Day 3         With our Blue Badge guide we enjoy a guided tour of Norwich, England’s best preserved medieval city, including a visit to the Norman cathedral, one of the finest in England with its magnificent cloisters and Cathedral Close. In the afternoon we visit the Castle Museum and Art Gallery, which houses a fine collection of paintings by the Norwich School of Artists, including John Crome and John Sell Cotman as well as Sir Alfred Munnings, Thomas Gainsborough, William Hogarth, Edward Burne-Jones and members of the Dutch School. Later this afternoon we visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, with its Modern European paintings and sculpture (including examples by Henry Moore, John Davies, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon) and studio ceramics.


Day 4          We visit Christchurch Mansion, a fine Tudor building set in an ancient and beautiful park in Ipswich. This has historic room settings, outstanding paintings and furniture, and the modern Wolsey Art Gallery. We continue to Dedham, for lunch and then visit Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum at Dedham, home to the largest single collection of Munnings' works. Later this afternoon we visit St Peter and St Paul’s Church at Lavenham, one of England's most beautiful and stately churches, built in the late perpendicular style between 1486 and 1525. Thence to the 4* Stoke by Nayland Hotel on the outskirts of Leavenheath.


Day 5         This morning we visit the Holy Trinity Church at Long Melford, one of the great Suffolk wool churches, and one of the most magnificent parish churches in the country. We continue to the English Heritage’s Audley End House and Gardens near Saffron Walden, with its sumptuous splendour in one of England’s grandest stately homes. We then enjoy a guided tour at the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens at Perry Green, to see the sculptor’s family home, and the beautiful gardens created by his wife. Later this afternoon we visit the Fry Gallery home to the North West Essex Collection of paintings, prints, books and ceramics by artists such as Eric Bawden.


Day 6         En route home we visit Buscot Park in Oxfordshire. Lord Faringdon’s family live in the house, maintain its interior, curate its contents on behalf of the Trustees of the Faringdon Collection, and manage and develop the grounds and gardens.


COST - £799, with Single Room supplement of £134. For further details please see the travel company’s, on the ‘View Your Tour’ tab, quoting exa201