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Welsh Borders Tour

Welsh Borders Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: First Class Hotels

Start Date: Any Day

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Familes and Small Group

Some of England’s most beautiful, untouched countryside runs along the borders with Wales. This area is known as the Welsh Marches - once ruled by the violent Marcher Kings. This provides the perfect backdrop to the historic cathedral cities of Hereford and Worcester and some of the best preserved medieval villages and towns in Europe.

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A few hours from London and the scenery opens out to reveal rolling hills, winding hedges and dark green fields. The tour starts in the city of Worcester with the famous Royal Worcester Pottery and the C13th Cathedral. We explore the quiet market towns, dramatic hills interspersed with beautiful rolling countryside and gentleman’s estates and gardens.

Historically this has been an area of political turbulence and as a result it boasts an abundance of castles and fortified houses. We concentrate throughout the tour on a few important families of the area and in particular, the Mortimers who, throughout history, have influenced the political make-up of England.

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Itinerary

A couple of hours from London is WORCESTER. The scene of the last battle of the English Civil war and one of the most beautiful and evocative cathedrals in the country. Worcester CATHEDRAL was founded in 679 AD and the current building started soon after the Norman conquest. It has some notable tombs, including the notorious King John. Passing through the back lanes to the 1700 acre BROCKHAMPTON Estate. At the heart of the estate is Lower Brockhampton House – a unique late C14th moated gentleman’s manor house with a beautiful timber framed gatehouse.

Day 1: Worcester - Brockhampton

A couple of hours from London is WORCESTER. The scene of the last battle of the English Civil war and one of the most beautiful and evocative cathedrals in the country. Worcester CATHEDRAL was founded in 679 AD and the current building started soon after the Norman conquest. It has some notable tombs, including the notorious King John. Passing through the back lanes to the 1700 acre BROCKHAMPTON Estate. At the heart of the estate is Lower Brockhampton House – a unique late C14th moated gentleman’s manor house with a beautiful timber framed gatehouse.

Day 2: Hereford - Villages - Hampton Court

Day 2: Hereford - Villages - Hampton Court

A short walking tour of the city of HEREFORD will familiarise you with the history of this border city. The CATHEDRAL has the largest chained library in the world, dating from the days when books where so valuable they had to be secured. It also has the historic MAPPA MUNDI - the ancient map of the world. A short distance away are the gardens of HAMPTON COURT. Restored by the American Van Kampen family, the gardens present a stunning exhibition of vibrant colours and outstanding vistas. A drive through the unspoilt Elizabethan BLACK AND WHITE villages take us to LUDLOW - the quintessential market town.

Day 3: Borders - Gardens - Ludlow

Day 3: Borders - Gardens - Ludlow

To the west lies the unrivalled scenery of the WELSH BORDER, traversed by the Saxon earthwork, OFFA'S DYKE. Here lie market towns and stunning views. The C19th Judges Lodging House in the peaceful town of Presteigne is wonderfully preserved home and court and it is left exactly as it was 150 years ago. The fortified house at STOKESEY– a perfect C15th gentleman’s house, a defensive exterior contrasting with the comfortable inside. Returning to Ludlow we take a look at the castle and antique markets and you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs.

Day 4: Powis Castle - Shrewsbury

Day 4: Powis Castle - Shrewsbury

Travelling north through some dramatic scenery, again interspersed with castles and estates, we arrive at POWIS CASTLE. Once home of ancient Welsh kings and latterly, Clive of India, it is the world famous gardens that provide the attraction. Laid out in French and Italian style, the C18 lead statues and clipped yews provide a home to many rare plants. SHREWSBURY has it's origins in Roman times. Most notable is the CASTLE dating back as far as Saxon times and the ABBEY, a medieval monastery ranking only second to Canterbury as a destination for pilgrims.


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