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We will begin our journey, stopping for a comfort break on route before visiting Calke Abbey, an un-stately Home & Country Estate. With peeling paintwork and overgrown court yards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of the county estate. We will spend a few hours here before making our way to our hotel, the Best Western Valley Hotel, located in the heart of Ironbridge. The hotel is set in a Georgian Building surrounded by parkland and has won many awards for its stylish restaurant. Dinner this evening will be served in the restaurant at 7.30pm.
After having our breakfast, we will depart the hotel at 9.30am to visit the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England, Stokesay Castle. Constructed in the 13th Century, it has been carefully restored, the great hall remaining unchanged for over 700 years. We will spend a few hours here exploring at your leisure before making our way to Ludlow. Often described as the capital of Shropshire, and home to over 500 listed buildings mainly Georgian or half-timbered, the streets of Ludlow are a feast for the eyes. Take time to wander the high-street or visit Ludlow Castle, once home to Prince Arthur, brother of Henry VIII. We will return to Iron Bridge at 4.30pm.
After a leisurely breakfast, we will leave the hotel at 9.45am to go to Blists Hill Victorian Town, just a short journey away. Spend the morning transported to the era of Queen Victoria, with its authentic cottages, tradespeople & shops. You will have all morning here to soak up the atmosphere of bygone years. At 2pm we will leave for Ironbridge where you can discover the town at your leisure.
We must travel home today but not before stopping at Attringham Park, a grade I listed Mansion and country estate. Built in the late 18th Century, the beautiful estate was owned by the same family for over 160 years. They made their fortunes, but then proved themselves to be spenders, providing a fascinating story of love and neglect of Attringham. Learn about the family story throughout the mansion, from the flashy but flawed Picture Gallery roof that contributed to the bankruptcy of the second Lord Bewick. Take time to visit the walled garden complete with a Melon House!
Sunday 16th - Wednesday 19th August
£375 per person (Single Supplement £60)
Luxury Coach Travel
3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at The Valley Hotel, Iron Bridge
Entrance to Calke Abbey, Stokesay Castle, Blists Hill Victorian Town and Attringham Park
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