• Discover the cultural highlights of the Isle of Wight, with a particular emphasis on its Victorian heritage
• Explore the connections between the island and the Pre-Raphaelite movement
• Delve into the broader history of the Isle of Wight, from Roman times to the 20th century, and luxuriate in some of its beautiful gardens
Stella Grace Lyons is a freelance Art History lecturer and speaker accredited with The Arts Society
Assemble 1530 at Portsmouth Harbour Station, Wightlink Ferry Terminal, for 1615 departure via Wightlink FastCat ferry as foot passenger, arriving Ryde 1637. Transfer to New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes, for five nights. Evening introductory lecture.
Morning excursion to Shorwell: St Peter’s Church and private tour of Northcourt House and gardens. Continue to Carisbrooke Castle (Norman castle including Princess Beatrice Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw and based on the original garden retreat of Queen Victoria’s daughter). Afternoon: St Olave’s Church, Gatcombe (Pre-Raphaelite stained glass).
Morning: Appuldurcombe House (ruins of an 18th century Baroque mansion) and Ventnor Botanic Garden. Afternoon: Brading Roman Villa and St Mary’s Church.
Morning lecture followed by visits to Mottistone Gardens and Dimbola Lodge (home of celebrated Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron). Afternoon: Farringford House (former home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, extensively restored between 2012 and 2017).
St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham (frequented by Queen Victoria) and Osborne House (state and private apartments, followed by free time to visit the garden, Swiss Cottage and Queen Victoria’s bathing machine). Some free time in Cowes.
Transfer to Ryde for 1247 departure via Wightlink FastCat ferry, arriving Portsmouth 1309, where tour disperses.
6 Sep — 11 Sep 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour requires a good level of fitness as it will involve a moderate amount of walking and standing, including over uneven terrain. Some historical sites do not have handrails or frequent opportunities to sit down, and there is no lift at the hotel. Please note that lighting can be low at some of the sites we will visit.
Cost of £1245 includes: return ferry travel as foot passenger, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £145.