Emsworth Museum Holiday 2017

Last Date
07 September 2017 08:30


4th- 7th 2017

Emsworth Museum Annual Holiday


Lacock Abbey, the Fox Talbot Museum, Hereford and the Mappa Mundi, the Forest of Dean and Basildon Park

A four day, end of summer, break in Gloucestershire with an interest packed programme of coach excursions and visits, staying at a four star hotel in association with Woods Travel.

Cost £342 per person (2 sharing)*

Bowden Hall Hotel (4 star) is a Georgian country house hotel set in 12 acres of parkland in the Cotswolds. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, free Wi-fi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. 


Day 1.Departing Emsworth at 08:30am we travel to Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire (National Trust) where we arrive in time for lunch. At Lacock we can visit the Abbey rooms,  the Fox Talbot Museum of photography the stables,  and the  village. The Abbey was formerly a nunnery but latterly the home of William Henry Fox Talbot  who pioneered photography in the 1830s.,  We arrive at the hotel late in the afternoon.

Day 2. After.breakfast we travel to Hereford, an historic city and county town of Herefordshire,  founded in the 7th century. Here we have  a walking tour  which is followed by lunch and time to visit the Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi. Later in the afternoon we return to the hotel via Symonds Yat, a noted beauty spot and photo-opportunity overlooking the valley of the River Wye.

Day 3.  Today we get an insight into the beauty and industrial archaeology of the Forest of Dean. Leaving the hotel we drive to Coleford  for an underground guided tour of the Clearwell Caves, a brightly lit lofty series of caverns going back some 4500 years for the mining of iron and ochre. There will be time for lunch followed by a visit to the Dean Forest Railway, and then to the Dean Heritage Centre (coalmining and folk history) before returning to the hotel.

Day 4. Leaving after breakfast we make our way to Basildon Park In Berkshire  (National Trust). This1750s Palladian building was requisitioned during the war before becoming a home to Lady Iliffe in the 1950s.  She lovingly restored the gardens and became a host to lavish parties..  There are impressive Old Masters, 20th century engravings and paintings of the Grand Tour. We arrive at back at Emsworth about 6:30pm.

           What Is Included
  • Travel by luxury 49 seater coach with WC, tea and coffee
  • Dinner, bed & breakfast for 3 nights at a 4 star hotel
  • Guided tour of Hereford .
  • Rail trip on Dean Forest Railway and entry to the Clearwell Caves and the Dean Heritage Centre.
  • Gratuities for coach driver.
  • What is Not Included
  • Lunch every day.
  • Entry to Lacock Abbey (£12.70) but free to National Trust Members)
  • Entry to Basildon Park and Gardens (£12.70   but free to National Trust Members)
  • Gratuities at hotel


Please book your place by sending this booking slip to: Peter Morse (Hereford and Forest of Dean Holiday), Emsworth Museum, 10b North Street, Emsworth, PO10 7DD (please do not include any money at this stage).  You will then be contacted by Woods Travel who will request details of the accommodation required and any others special needs. Insurance is necessary but can be arranged by Woods for £20 pp.  *Single supplement £50.

Please note that at some sites there may be limited facilities for travellers with walking disability

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All Dates

  • From 04 September 2017 08:30 to 07 September 2017 18:00

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