An excellent value tour, with visits to Duxford Imperial War Museum, Audley End House & Cambridge
Cambridge home of the famous University, carols in King's College Chapel and punting on the river Cam. Cambridge is a compact cosmopolitan city with outstanding architecture old and new. The beauty of its ancient centre is preserved with its walkable medieval streets, college courts, gardens and bridges. Audley End is one of England's grandest country homes with over 30 lavishly decorated rooms to enjoy and explore.
The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is Europe's premier aviation museum - as well as having one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country. This famous heritage site began as an airfield in the First World War and also played a vital role in the Second World War, firstly as an RAF fighter station and later as an American fighter base.
Audley End House itself is a magnificent house, built to entertain royalty, and includes a Victorian Service Wing complete with kitchen, laundries and a dairy.
Behind the architecture, furniture and furnishings is the story of Audley End and its successive owners - from Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII in the mid 16th century, through earls and kings, to the Neville Family in the 19th and 20th centuries.
A great Great Hall
Every great house has a great hall and Audley End is no exception. Look for the ornate carving on the wooden screen - used to hide the servants from the gentry. The Great Hall dates from the building of the house in the early 17th century and rises through two storeys. Look for the ornate carving on the Jacobean oak screen carved with grotesque masks and pairs of male and female half figures. The screen used to hide the servants from their masters.
With beautiful grounds to explore, including an impressive formal garden and the working Organic Kitchen Garden, there's so much to see and do at Audley End House.
We depart Cumbria in the morning for our journey south via Scotch Corner and the A1 to Newark, time for lunch in this attractive market town situated on the River Trent. We continue our journey south towards Cambridge and our hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry. Dinner in the hotel.D
After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel we head to Newmarket, the home of horseracing. Here we visit the National Horseracing Centre and learn all about the history of ‘The Sport of Kings’. From here we continue on to the historic City of Ely, with a splendid array of medieval buildings, narrow streets and a magnificent Cathedral, 'the ship of the fens'. Dinner on our return to the hotel.B, D
This morning we make the short journey into Cambridge where we board our chauffeured punt through the back waters of Cambridge. As we punt along the River Cam, our guide will ensure we see the highlights of Cambridge’s College buildings. To compliment this truly English setting, strawberries and cream will be served as you glide by the many college buildings. We have the rest of the day at leisure to explore this wonderful city. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast today we travel to visit the Roman City of St Albans. At the city's historic core you will find the magnificent Cathedral - dating back to 1077, well worth a visit, and the award winning Verulamium Museum will give you an eye opening insight into Roman life. We have time to explore and obtain lunch before our afternoon visit to the fabulous RAF Museum at Hendon, telling the story of the Royal Air Force with over 100 aircraft in 5 themed halls. Final dinner at the hotel.
We depart Cambridge after breakfast for our journey home, stopping off en route for lunch in the magnificent cathedral city of Lincoln. We leave Lincoln early afternoon for the remainder of the journey to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.
B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included
The Cambridge Belfry
Casual dining in the Bridge Restaurant, along with an impressive array of wines
Contemporary lounge areas feature original paintings by local artist Jane Ford
Leisure club with well-equipped gym and heated swimming pool
Luxurious spa with sauna, steam room and treatment rooms
All weather floodlit tennis court
2 hours free WiFi in each bedroom
Close to junction 13 of the M11
Ideally located for sightseeing and day trips around Cambridge and the surrounding countryside, with a multitude of attractions for all ages nearby.
There's nothing standard about our standard guest rooms. They're large, beautifully decorated with modern furnishings, decadently comfortable and equipped with everything you need to chill out. The 120 bedrooms at the Cambridge Belfry feature the same stylish, contemporary but nevertheless welcoming design that's on display wherever you look during your visit.Standard double and twin rooms are available, featuring:En-suite facilities including a bath and a separate walk-in shower, Hairdryer, Tea and coffee making facilities, Remote control TV, Complimentary toiletries, Complimentary library of DVDs available from reception, Direct dial telephone, Broadband wired internet, Trouser press with separate iron and ironing board, 2 hours free internet usage in your room, Large desk for working in all rooms, 24 hour room service menu.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Appleby|| The Sands Appleby |
|Aspatria|| Car Park beside Spar Aspatria |
|Brough|| Monument Bus Shelter Brough |
|Carlisle|| Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle |
|Cockermouth|| Monument Main Street Cockermouth |
|Dearham|| Commercial Corner Dearham |
|Distington|| Outside Prospect Works Distington |
|Egremont|| Conservative Club Egremont |
|Flimby|| Railway Station Flimby |
|Harrington|| Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington |
|High Hesket|| Palmerstons Furniture Store |
|Keswick|| Bell Close Car Park Keswick |
|Kirkby Stephen|| Market Square Kirkby Stephen |
|Maryport|| Outside Coop Maryport |
|Penrith|| Sandgate Bus Station Penrith |
|Thursby|| Bus Stop Thursby |
|Waverton|| Bus Stop Waverton |
|Whitehaven|| Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven |
|Wigton|| Old Bus Station Wigton |
|Workington|| Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington |
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