COVENTRY - UK CITY OF CULTURE 2021
The world will be watching Coventry in 2021, as it has been chosen as the prestigious UK City of Culture. This four-day break enables you to explore Coventry and its famous cathedrals in the company of an expert local guide. We also spend a day in nearby Warwick and have time in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Taxi from your home to the coach. We drive through Oxfordshire to the hilltop town of Stow-on-the-Wold with its ancient buildings of mellow Cotswold stone. Time to explore and find lunch before we continue to our hotel in Stratford, arriving in good time for dinner.D
After breakfast we will drive into Coventry to meet our guide. We take a gently paced walk through the grounds of Lady Godiva's Cathedral and learn about the City's rich and diverse history. Coventry's fortunes are closely linked to the story of its cathedrals. In November 1940 St. Michael's Cathedral was destroyed by the Luftwaffe. Today, its remains are preserved alongside a new cathedral consecrated by Her Majesty the Queen in 1962. We will also see St. Mary's Guildhall, one of the best surviving guildhalls in Britain. After our tour the rest of the day will be available to explore at your own pace and visit the excellent Museum of Transport if you wish.B, D
Today is devoted to Warwick, where we will take a guided tour of the Lord Leycester Hospital. This group of timber-framed buildings dates from the 14th century and is a medieval gem. In the reign of Elizabeth I the buildings became, under the patronage of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a place of retirement for old warriors who fought in the Elizabethan era wars. Today ex- soldiers are still known as the Brethren and, with the Master, still live within the walls of the building. Later we take a stroll to St. Mary's Church. One of the largest in the country, it is famous for the stunning medieval Beauchamp Chapel with intricate stained glass and Tudor tombs. It was described as 'one of the masterpieces of medieval art' by Simon Jenkins in his book 'England's Best Churches'.B, D
This morning is free for exploring Stratford-on-Avon. Our Hotel is situated close to the centre of the charming Tudor town best known as the home of William Shakespeare. You can walk in the footsteps of the Bard and visit his birthplace, stroll to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, or to Holy Trinity Church on the banks of the River Avon where he lies buried. This afternoon we will make our way home to Sussex where taxis will be waiting.
Located within a short walk of the town centre, the DoubleTree offers comfortable bedrooms with stylish modern décor, thick duvets, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a power shower. The restaurant serves seasonal menus using fresh produce, and there is an elegant bar. There is a lift at the hotel.
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