Somerset has dramatic coastline, seaside resorts and beautiful countryside. Our new tour enables you to discover Englands smallest city, the beautiful Mendip Hills and spectacular Cheddar Gorge, and includes visits to a museum of bygones and the Georgian City of Bath.
Day 1 - Monday
Once everyone has arrived at the coach, we will make our way to Salisbury, where Britain's tallest Cathedral spire soars above the city. After time to explore and find lunch we will continue to Wells, arriving at the Swan Hotel by the end of the afternoon. After dinner why not take a stroll around the Cathedral Close which is directly opposite the Hotel?D
Day 2 - Tuesday
A short journey brings us to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will stop in the village of Cheddar with its quaint tearooms and gift shops, and drive through spectacular Cheddar Gorge, home to this country's highest inland cliffs. Next, we will pass the Bleadon Hills on our way to Weston-Super-Mare. The seaside town lies by the Bristol Channel and oozes Victorian charm by the bucket (and spade) load. There will be time to find lunch and enjoy a stroll on the long promenade or Weston's Grand Pier.B, D
Day 3 - Wednesday
This morning we visit Oakham Treasures for an uplifting trip down memory lane. One of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history, you will be fascinated by the vast and unique collection of memorabilia. Later we will head to the National Trust's Tyntesfield Estate. A spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival House is surrounded by mature gardens and parkland. Once hidden, the extraordinary lives and possessions of four generations of the Gibbs family are now waiting to be explored.B, D
Day 4 - Thursday
After breakfast we will cross the road to Wells Cathedral. Built between 1175 and 1490, Wells has been described as 'the most poetic of the English Cathedrals'. A guided tour will introduce us to some of the buildings many unique features, including the beautiful 'scissor arches' supporting the central tower and magnificent stained glass. This afternoon is available for you to explore Wells further at your own pace. Alternatively, the coach will take you to nearby Glastonbury. Located in the heart of the Somerset Levels, it is possibly the quirkiest town in England, steeped in history, myth and the smell of incense. Its ruined Abbey is set in 37 acres of parkland and is the burial place of King Arthur.B, D
Day 5 - Friday
We bid farewell to the Swan Hotel and make of way to the World Heritage City of Bath. You will have about 4 hours in which to explore some of the architectural wonders. Don't miss the famous Royal Crescent, the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Pulteney Bridge which is lined with tiny shops, and Sally Lunn's House, home to the original Bath Bun. Leaving mid-afternoon, we will drive home to Sussex to be met by the waiting taxis.B
The Best Western Plus Swan Hotel
This historic and characterful hotel sits right in the heart of Wells, directly opposite the west front of Wells Cathedral. There are 49 bedrooms, some located on the ground floor, and a lovely welcoming lounge and bar. Please note that the Hotel does not have a lift and that there are stairs to most rooms. Some rooms are in the Coach House, a sort walk outside from the main building.
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