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14 May 2017Birmingham & The Heart of England
20 June 2017The Fry Gallery & Audley End

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Birmingham & The Heart of England
Sunday 14 May 2017

A 5 nights/6 days tour of Birmingham and the Heart of England from 14 - 19 May 2017.

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS PLEASE CONTACT CAROL PEARSON OR MARY WHITELEY.

The brochure can be downloaded here, and the booking form is available here. The cost is £649 per person (single supplement £65). 

This trip will include visits to Compton Verney, a restored Grade I listed 18th century mansion with its 'Capability' Brown grounds; Arbury Hall, the home of the Newdegate family since the 16th century; a guided tour of Coventry Cathedral, which is regarded as the UK’s favourite 20th century building; Stoneleigh Abbey, which was converted at the Dissolution into a comfortable family home from its humble beginnings as a Cistercian monastic house; Aston Hall, a Grade I listed Jacobean house; Ragley Hall, one of England’s earliest and finest Palladian mansions and home to a wonderful collection of art, porcelain and furniture; and Hanbury Hall, a Grade I listed Queen Anne style house built in the early 18th century. Birmingham will be visited on two days, to see Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which is famous for its excellent collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings; the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter as it is today and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage; the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which has one of the most outstanding collections of art assembled in Britain in the 20th century; and Soho House, a Grade II* listed 18th century house which was the home of entrepreneur Matthew Boulton and a regular meeting place of the Lunar Society of Birmingham. On the return journey to Colchester there will also be a visit to Charlecote Park, home of the Lucy family since the 15th century.

The 5-nights accommodation is at the Mercure Brandon Hotel & Spa outside Coventry, in beautiful countryside and surrounded by 17 acres of tranquil grounds.