Among the highlights of this new tour are visits to two National Trust houses and the fascinating City of Chester with its wealth of Roman remains. We also spend time in the ancient Welsh town of Llangollen, from where we will take a cruise along the canal to Thomas Telfords world-famous aqueduct, and a scenic train ride alongside the River Dee.
Day 1 - Sunday
Taxi from your home to the coach. We drive through the Midlands and Shropshire before crossing the River Dee into Wales and arriving at our Hotel near Wrexham by the end of the afternoon.D
Day 2 - Monday
Descending the beautiful Horseshoe Pass, and trying to avoid the sheep that sometimes wander in the road, we arrive in Llangollen. This pretty town beside the Dee is the starting point for the Llangollen Railway. We will take a ride on the heritage railway which meanders through the Dee Valley on its way to the town of Corwen, some 10 miles away. This afternoon we will enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Llangollen Canal including a crossing of Telford's mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This incredible structure, often referred to as 'The Stream in the Sky', was constructed in 1805 and is unsurpassed to this day in its simplicity and engineering achievement.B, D
Day 3 - Tuesday
Today's excursion takes us to the City of Chester, known by the Romans as Deva Victrix. We take a guided walking tour to introduce us to this wonderful city that is packed with historical interest. Where other towns and cities have shopping malls, Chester has unique two-storey malls, known as the "Rows" that date from the 13th century. There are extensive city walls, parts of which are Roman. We also include a cruise on the Dee to view Grosvenor Park, the Earl's Eye and an array of riverside properties.B, D
Day 4 - Wednesday
We begin today with a visit to a unique attraction, the British Ironwork Centre near Oswestry. Established 35 years ago, the centre is a mix of craftsmanship and art, and is home to some of the most amazing sculptures in the UK. Among the varied collection of metalwork, you will find beautifully decorative items, large and small, for the home and garden. Enjoy a stroll, meet some of the craftspeople, and have coffee and homemade cake in the forge café. We will continue to Erddigg. This National Trust property was built in 1684-1687 for Josiah Edisbury, the High Sheriff of Denbighshire, and tells the 250-year-old story of a gentry family's relationship with its servants. The carefully preserved rooms are a treasure trove of fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers, whilst outside you can enjoy the restored 18th-century garden.B, D
Day 5 - Thursday
After breakfast we will load the luggage and begin our homeward journey. Our main stop will be at another National Trust property, Packwood House in Warwickshire. On reaching Sussex we will rendezvous with the taxis late afternoon/early evening.B
Best Western Llyndir Hall Hotel
A 19th century country house hotel set on the border of England and Wales, with leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool and sauna. Although there is no lift, there are a number of ground floor rooms, available on request. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hotel. In the landscaped garden you will find intriguing artwork, sculptures, and an Italian-style terrace. Dinner comprises a four-course choice menu, and a full cooked breakfast is served each morning.
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