Art Collections & Stately Homes of the West Country
10 Aug — 14 Aug 2020 | Tour Director: Rupert Dickens
• From a base in Bath, explore the art treasures of this fine Georgian city, as well as historical houses in the surrounding countryside
• Enjoy special access to private houses, including the magnificent Wilton House, rebuilt in the Palladian style by Inigo Jones, and Corsham Court, an Elizabethan manor home to a notable art collection
• Learn about the lives of individual collectors, such as the remarkable William Blathwayt of Dyrham Park
Rupert is an art historian and journalist specialising in Dutch and Flemish art.
Tour assembles 1315 at The Bird, Bath, for four nights. Afternoon in Bath: Holburne Museum and Victoria Art Gallery. Evening lecture: The Extraordinary Career of William Blathwayt, Builder of Dyrham Park.
Morning: guided tour of Corsham Court (18th century Picture Gallery) and visit to Lacock Abbey (with Fox Talbot Museum) and picturesque village. Afternoon: guided tour of Dyrham Park (17th century Dutch collection). Evening lecture.
Morning: guided tour of Wilton House (famous state rooms and notable art collection) followed by visit to Salisbury Cathedral. Afternoon walking tour of historical Salisbury followed by some free time.
Morning lecture: Gainsborough & the British Portrait followed by guided tour of Stourhead (Palladian villa with splendid art collection) and some free time. Afternoon: Iford Manor Gardens (beautiful secluded gardens).
Morning visit to No 1 Royal Crescent Museum, Bath (beautifully refurbished Georgian interiors). Tour disperses 1145.
10 Aug — 14 Aug 2020
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This is not a strenuous tour, but will involve some walking to reach visits and in the grounds of stately homes. Please note that the historical buildings visited on this tour may have uneven surfaces and steps to navigate, and lifts are not always available.
Cost of £1345 includes: accommodation based on sharing a deluxe twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, standard double room for single use supplement £210.