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DateVisit
22 April 2018BLENHEIM PALACE and OXFORD HERITAGE
29 May 2018SANDHAM MEMORIAL CHAPEL AND HIGHCLERE CASTLE
10 July 2018WELLS CATHEDRAL AND BISHOPS' PALACE

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BLENHEIM PALACE and OXFORD HERITAGE
Sunday 22 April 2018

This trip is now fully booked but we are willing to place any further applications on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

This will be a three day trip with two nights half-board departing on 22 April 2018. Price is from £334 per person.

Day 1 We depart by executive coach from Dorchester to visit Blenheim Palace for the day. We shall explore the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birth place of Sir Winston Churchill. The imposing scale of the Palace is beautifully balanced within by the intricate detail and delicacy of the carvings, the hand painted ceilings and the amazing porcelain collections, tapestries and paintings displayed in each room. Set in beautiful parkland of 2100 acres, which was landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760’s, the Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns and formal gardens. We continue to the 4* Oxford Belfry Hotel on the outskirts of Oxford for a two night stay on half board basis.

Day 2 Our morning guided tour of Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, takes in the architecture and traditions of the city’s most famous buildings and institutions. During our guided tour we visit three colleges. This afternoon we visit the Pitt Rivers Museum, home to the University of Oxford’s collection of anthropology and world archaeology. Founded in 1884 by General Augustus Pitt Rivers, who donated his collection to the University of Oxford, the museum is today home to 500,000 exhibits which have mainly been donated by travellers, scholars and missionaries.

Day 3 We enjoy a guided tour at the Ashmolean Museum this morning. Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is Britain’s first public museum and home to the University of Oxford’s world class collection of art and archaeology. We continue to the National Trust’s Hughenden Manor, home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli from 1848 until his death in 1881. Most of his furniture, books and pictures remain in this, his private retreat from the rigours of parliamentary life in London. We expect to return to Dorchester by about 7pm.

NB:- Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.

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