Thursday 17th: We leave during the morning and visit Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town, the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. After lunch we continue to our hotel for check in.
Friday 18th: Today we visit Charlecote Park which has been the home of the Lucy family since the 13th century. It is a magnificent Tudor mansion built by Sir Thomas Lucy on a level site beside the River Avon, on the foundations of an even earlier medieval house. Still the Lucy family home after 900 years, you can explore the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels. National Trust
members must present their card on arrival. This afternoon you will have some free time to explore the sights of Warwick.
Saturday 19th: We leave after breakfast for our visit to Canons Ashby. Built by the Drydens using the remains of a medieval priory, the house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since 1720 and features grand rooms, stunning tapestries and Jacobean plasterwork, contrasting with the domestic detail of the servants’ quarters. National Trust members must present their card on arrival. After our visit we shall have time at leisure in Banbury before heading back to our hotel.
Sunday 20th: After breakfast we leave our hotel and return home via Worcester, a beautiful Cathedral and University City with a fascinating history of industry, a wealth of interesting architecture and unrivalled selection of high street names and independent boutiques.
National Trust Members must present their card on arrival to receive free entry to the properties.