Codebreakers, Woburn Abbey & Afternoon Tea

Codebreakers, Woburn Abbey & Afternoon Tea

A 5 day tour with an included visit to Woburn Abbey with afternoon tea, the university city of Cambridge and Bletchley Park home of the 'Codebreakers'


A 5 day tour with an included visit to Woburn Abbey with afternoon tea, the university city of Cambridge and Bletchley Park home of the 'Codebreakers'

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey first opened to the public in 1955 and has welcomed visitors from all over the globe ever since. The 22 rooms that visitors can explore, house one of the most significant private art collections in the world. Visitors will also discover 18th Century French and English furniture, magnificent silver and gold collections, a range of porcelain and many privately collected items treasured by generations of the Russell family.

Set within 3,000 acres of Deer Park, home to nine free roaming species of deer, The Abbey’s captivating rooms and fascinating antiques show a personal side to a public family that has been instrumental in many significant periods of English history.

Visitors can also explore 28 acres of Humphry Repton inspired gardens. Developed by the dedicated Gardens team, the award winning Woburn Abbey Gardens offer visitors, everything from flower beds bursting with colour around neat, green lawns through to ponds and woodland areas that help to preserve local biodiversity. Highlights include the bog garden, designed in the 21st century to make use of a boggy patch and historic features such as the romantic Doric Temple and Wyattville Seat.



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.


Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. It housed the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. According to the official historian of British Intelligence, the "Ultra" intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain.

Day 1

We leave Cumbria in the morning and travel south to Chesterfield, time at leisure and for lunch in this historic market town, before continuing on to Bedford and our hotel the Swan situated overlooking the Great Ouse in the heart of Bedford. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

Today we visit Woburn Abbey and its 28 acres of award-winning gardens. This has been the historic family home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. Discover tales of imprisonment, beheadings, love affairs and Royal visits all set against the backdrop of over 250 works of art. The English custom of Afternoon Tea was popularised at Woburn Abbey in the 1840s by Duchess Anna Maria and today we enjoy an indulgent Duchess Anna Maria Afternoon Tea to be part of this continuing tradition. Dinner in the Hotel tonight.

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Day 3

A full day visit to the university city of Cambridge. We include a morning guided tour prior to a free afternoon to explore Cambridge at your leisure, explore the narrow streets and unique shops, view one of the many university colleges, browse the daily market or perhaps take a punt on the River Cam. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we visit Bletchley Park, the ‘Home of the Codebreakers’. This unique heritage site and tourist attraction is set within an atmospheric Victorian estate nestled in peaceful parkland. Explore and experience the top-secret world of iconic WWII codebreaking huts and blocks, where codebreaking successes helped to save countless lives by shortening the war by about two years. The National Museum of Computing is also on site and, if you
choose to visit, a small admission charge is payable locally. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Swan Hotel and make our return journey home to Cumbria, stopping off en-route in Harrogate for lunch.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Bedford Swan Hotel

With a stunning location overlooking the Great Ouse River in Bedford’s town centre, the 18th-century Bedford Swan Hotel features a Roman-style pool and a hot tub.

Contemporary 4-star rooms are decorated with rich fabrics, signature wall papers and stylish furniture. All have air conditioning, flat screen LCD TVs, en-suite facilities, room safe and free WiFi internet access is available throughout the hotel.

The River Room Restaurant has an outdoor riverside terrace and serves a varied menu and 24-hour room service, all prepared by a skilled team of chefs.

Full of historic character, The Bedford Swan also offers a wide choice of health treatments including Swedish massages, holistic facials and luxury manicures.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
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
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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