Staffordshire Surprise, Houses, Gardens & Railways

Staffordshire Surprise, Houses, Gardens & Railways

Enjoy a variety of excursions and attractions on this tour to the heart of England

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Enjoy a variety of excursions and attractions on this tour to the heart of England

Shugborough Hall Estate

Home to the Anson family since 1624, a legacy of exploration and innovation, it was once described as ‘a perfect paradise’.

You can explore sweeping parkland, ancient woodland and a landscape peppered with monuments, then discover Park Farm, created at the cutting-edge of agricultural reforms.

In the Georgian mansion, unearth unusual treasures and experience life 'below stairs', then enter a world of glamour and royalty in the apartments of Patrick Lichfield, 5th Earl and fashion photographer.

 

Lichfield

A vibrant city north of Birmingham notable for its medieval three spired cathedral, Lichfield is the birthplace of Samuel Johnson the writer of the first authoritative Dictionary of the English Language and justs few miles from the National Memorial Arboretum.

National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round Centre of Remembrance where you can celebrate and honour the men and women who have served our Nation in many different ways. A spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. With 150 acres of beautiful woodland and gardens to explore and over 300 unique memorials to see you will be fascinated by the many memorials and the amazing stories and symbolism behind them.

The National Memorial Arboretum is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

 

Little Moreton Hall

Step back in time, over 500 years and marvel at the delights of the picture book moated manor-house named Little Moreton Hall. The drunkenly reeling south front, with its Elizabethan long gallery, cobbled courtyard and Great Hall. Britain’s most famous timber-framed, moated Tudor manor house has a delightful historic Knot Garden, together with traditional fruit trees of apple, pear, medlar and quince, which blossom in May, and produce their fruit in autumn - which is then used in delicious cakes and scones served up in Little Moreton's renowned restaurant.The half- timbered hall became an inn in the 1996 dramatisation of Daniel Defoe's saucy romp Moll Flanders.

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Located at Rudyard Station in the North Staffordshire Peak District, we offer a great day out alongside Rudyard Lake.

The railway uses coal fired steam engines on most of its trains and is located not far from Alton Towers and the borders of Cheshire and Derbyshire. Our railway is 10.25 inch gauge which is equivalent to half size Narrow Gauge. The trains run whatever the weather and all are covered coaches. New for 2016 is the incorporation of the Isle of Mull Railway engines Frances, Victoria and Glen Auldyn into the fleet.

 

Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens are formal Italianate gardens, part of an English landscape park on the Trentham Estate in Swynnerton, Staffordshire. The site was also the location of the former Trentham Hall of which fragments survive.[The gardens are set within a large area of woodland and were designed as a serpentine park by Capability Brown from 1758 onwards overlying an earlier formal design.

The award-winning Trentham Garden Centre offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor lifestyle and gardening products. With 60 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafés and restaurants and a lovely friendly village atmosphere, you will love the unique shopping experience at our shopping village.

The village is all on one level with wide access doors to all shops and cafes.

Foxfield Light Railway

The Foxfield Railway is a preserved standard gauge line located south east of Stoke-on-Trent. The line was built in 1893 to serve the colliery at Dilhorne on the Cheadle Coalfield. Now it is a popular steam train trip through the Staffordshire countryside.

 

Wedgwood

Watch our craftsmen at work in the heart of the Potteries, utilising unique artisan skills and techniques honed over 250 years at Barlaston, the home of Wedgwood. The tour offers an in depth view of all aspects of quality ceramic production including casting, figure making, pattern decorating and hand painting, ornamentation and gilding. See iconic Jasper pieces in production, showcasing the pinnacle of ceramic craftsmanship.

Day 1

We leave Cumbria in the morning for our journey south, following a coffee stop we arrive at the Shugborough Estate, the ancestral home to the Earls of Lichfield, Shugborough is the most complete, well-known and important estate in Staffordshire. It includes a Grade 1 listed Park & Mansion and the Grade 2* Park Farm and Walled Garden. We leave late afternoon for the short journey to Stoke and our hotel the Best Western Moat House where we stay for the next 4 nights. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

We start the day with a drive to the city of Lichfield. Here there is much to see and do, particularly the stunning Lichfield Cathedral, set in a remarkable and serene close. Over 800 years old the building is the third on the site and is well worth a visit. After lunch, we head to the inspiring National Memorial Arboretum with its new remembrance centre and over 300 memorials set in a 150 acre site. Dinner at the hotel tonight.

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Day 3

Our first visit today takes us to the National Trust owned Little Moreton Hall, near Congleton. The hall, surrounded by a moat and set in a small pretty garden, has had a chequered history. In danger of falling over it is as intriguing as it is wonky! A rare chapel and topsy-turvy long gallery and early wallpaper ensure the 'wow' factor at this iconic tudor treasure. This afternoon we have a visit to Rudyard Lake where we enjoy a 3 miles return ride on the miniature railway alongside the lake. Later we return to the hotel for dinner.

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Day 4

This morning we begin with a visit to the award winning Trentham Gardens. Enjoy a visit to the shopping village with shops, cafes, restaurants and the vast Trentham Garden Centre. Free time to explore and obtain lunch before we head for Blyth Bridge and the Foxfield Light Railway. Originally used to carry coal from Foxfield Colliery, closed in 1965, the line is now very popular for steam trips into the countryside to Dilhorn Park. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Stoke Moat House hotel and head to the Wedgwood visitor centre, see craftsmen at work in the heart of the Potteries, utilising unique skills and techniques honed over 250 years at Barlaston, the home of Wedgwood. The tour offers an in depth view of all aspects of quality ceramic production including casting, figure making, pattern decorating and hand painting, ornamentation and gilding. We leave after lunch for our return to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Best Western Stoke Moat House Hotel

The 4* Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel is located in Festival Park, Stoke and has historic links to the city's heritage - Etruria Hall, the meetings and events centre - was built in 1769 as the home of Josiah Wedgwood, the "Father of English Potters."

All 147 of the hotel's bedrooms have comfort cooling and free, unlimited Wi-Fi; tea, coffee and kettle; Digital LCD television with Freeview, toiletries, hairdryer, iron & ironing board (in most rooms or available upon request). Accessible rooms do not have wet rooms, but bathrooms do have grab rails. The restaurant has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the restaurant and bar offer a choice of menus whilst the lounge area has a contemporary feel.

The leisure facilities are free to use for residents and include an indoor heated pool, sauna, spa pool and air conditioned gym.

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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