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Tuesday May 17 to Thursday May 19 2016

Three day tour, visting Ascott House,
Woburn Abbey, Bletchley Park
and 78 Derngate, Nottingham

Ascott House    Image: www.ascottestate.co.uk/

Woburn Abbey    Image: /www.woburnabbey.co.uk/

Bletchley Park    Image: www.bbc.co.uk

78 Derngate, Nottingham   Image: www.tripadvisor.co.uk


Tuesday 17th May 8.15 Coach departs from National Museum Cardiff.
We stop for coffee at Faringdon, an interesting market town where there are many cafes where you can buy a coffee. We arrive at Ascott House for a light lunch in their tea room.
Ascott House dates back to the 16th century and was donated to the National Trust by the Rothschilds in 1949 and is still their countryside residence today. There is an exceptional collection of paintings, fine furniture and superb oriental porcelain. There are also 30 acres of formal and natural gardens.

Wednesday 18th May
we visit Woburn Abbey in the morning. It was originally a monastery and was given by Edward VI to the Russell family in 1547. Woburn Abbey and the Russell family have been at the centre of social and political intrigues for centuries and today's Duke and Duchess of Bedford are making their own impact on this fascinating ancestral home.
We have lunch in the Duchess’ Tea Room.
In the afternoon we travel to Bletchley Park, home of the Codebreakers and once Britain’s best kept secret. We can explore the top secret world of iconic WW2 codebreaking huts and the museum that houses the Enigma Collection.

Thursday 19th May we visit 78 Derngate in Northampton, originally a Georgian House built c1815. It is the only house in England designed and remodelled in 1916 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It is also the only place in the world where ‘Mackintosh’s mature architectural and interior styles can be seen in their original setting.’ The interiors are described as ‘quite stunning.’
NB. The house is set on four floors and as the lift is set in the adjacent building those who cannot climb about 12 stairs on each of 2 flights can only see the ground and top floor. We split into two groups. Half have a tour of the house and half can buy coffee in the café or peruse the gallery and shop on the ground floor and vice versa. We leave Northampton at 12 noon and drive to the Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh for lunch. After lunch we make our way back to Cardiff aiming to arrive at 5.30 – 6pm.

Cost includes:
  • dinner, bed and breakfast for the two nights at the Best Western Hotel in Buckingham. A glass of wine or soft drink is included with dinner each evening;
  • lunches on all 3 days and all entrance fees and gratuities.
  • National Trust members please remember to bring your cards.
Cost of the tour for 2 sharing a double room is £320, or £381 for single occupancy.
 Non members of National Trust please add £10.
To:   Friends of Museum Wales:    
Visit to Ascott House, Woburn Abbey, Bletchley Park  and 78 Derngate
 Tues 17 May to Thurs 19 May 2016

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