September 2019 – Swanning around Somerset

12/09/2019 - 18/09/2019 All day
Swan Hotel, Wells
Address: Wells Music, 17D Sadler St, Wells BA5 2RR, UK

£840 per person Single Supplement from £65

7 Days

 

Included in the holiday:

  • ‘Door to Door’ service
  • Ferry tickets
  • Accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
  • Coach excursions with included admissions as listed in tour itinerary

 

 

 

Best Western Swan Hotel
  The historic, award-winning Swan Hotel in Wells could not be more centrally located or have a more dramatic view! Located directly opposite Wells Cathedral
  Parts of the hotel date back to 1422 and, over the years, the hotel has been sympathetically refurbished and extended, offering modern amenities in a beautiful setting.
  All bedrooms are furnished in an elegant, traditional style and are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
  Owing to the historic nature of the building, there is no lift but there are three ground floor rooms located in the adjoining Coach House.

 

 

Thursday 12th September 2019
Today we depart on the morning sailing to Heysham, the coach continues to our overnight hotel, the Banbury House, Banbury. The journey will contain regular comfort stops.

Friday 13th to Monday 16th September 2019
Excursions will be taken as listed in the tour itinerary.

Tuesday 17th September 2019
Today we start our journey homewards. There is an overnight stay at the Mercure Stafford South Hatherton.

Wednesday 18th September 2019
This morning we make the journey to Heysham for the afternoon sailing to the Island. On arrival in Douglas, our ‘Door to Door’ service completes your journey, right to your own front door.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

 

 

 

Full Day Excursion – Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village (NT)
A visit to the historic Lacock Abbey and Village is taken en route to our holiday hotel at Wells. Set in rural Wiltshire, the village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location. The village’s most famous appearances include Downton Abbey, the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, and the films Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Abbey is located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds and is a quirky country house built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Packed full of history, the Abbey was originally an abbey and nunnery, then became a Tudor family home, and is also known as the birthplace of photography as William Fox Talbot took the first photographic negative at his home there. The Fox Talbot Museum celebrates the achievements of Fox Talbot and his contribution to the invention of photography. We can enjoy exploring the village and its shops, the Abbey and its rooms and take a walk in the Abbey grounds, garden and greenhouse.

Free Day – Wells – The Smallest City in England
After breakfast this morning, we will meet our guide outside our hotel for a walking tour of Wells. We will learn about the history of Wells Cathedral, the famous 14th Century astronomical clock, The Bishop’s Palace, the town crier and the remarkable Vicars’ Close.
We can then enjoy lunch in one of the numerous cafés. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the many interesting sites which our guide has introduced to us.

Full Day Excursion – Today we pay a visit to the extraordinary and unique Longleat Estate. Widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain, set within 900 acres of stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland, Longleat House was the first stately home to fully open its doors to the public back in 1949. After a tour exploring the extraordinary history, we embark upon a safari and track down some of the world’s most
incredible animals. Today, the park is home to over a thousand animals.

Full Day Excursion – NEW! Being Brunel & Brunel’s SS Great Britain
A major new visitor experience Being Brunel will centre on an exciting new national museum and visitor experience. Visitors will be invited to step into the mind of Isambard Kingdom Brunel as he is brought vividly to life with never-before-seen personal possessions, documents and artefacts.

The world’s first great ocean liner is fully accessible and the winner of more than 30 tourism awards. Be sure to head beneath the glass sea, walk through the history of the SS Great Britain in the Dockyard Museum and step onto the ship itself.

 

We sometimes make changes to journeys and excursion in response to adverse weather conditions, road repairs, road congestion and other local factors. In these circumstances the driver/company will exercise discretion reasonably having all due consideration to the relevant factors and as a result there may be changes to the planned journey.