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03 May 2020ARTS SOCIETY PROPOSED VISIT TO LONDON 2020 Sunday 3rd May to Wednesday 6th May 2020
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Sunday 3rd May to Wednesday 6th May 2020

Sunday 03 May 2020


Sunday 3rd May to Wednesday 6th May 2020


Sunday 3rd May 2020


An early morning departure from Cumbria as we travel via Scotch Corner to Burghley House near Stamford. Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age, was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. His life as the most powerful man in the court of Elizabeth I helped to shape the history of the British Isles. His lasting legacy reaches far beyond the building of Burghley House to the magnificent collection of works of art from across the globe gathered by his ancestors. 2020 is the celebration of 500 years since the birth of William Cecil, explore at your leisure the wonderful history of the House, family and its impressive collection, knowledgeable and approachable room stewards are on hand to answer any questions. We will leave Burghley late afternoon for the remainder of our journey to London and a 3 night stay at the Doubletree By Hilton London Ealing. Evening at leisure.


Monday 4th May 2020


Following breakfast in the hotel, we make our way to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens, here on a guided tour we discover the magnificence of Henry VIII's favourite royal residence, marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms, the bygone era of the vast Tudor kitchens, explore the relationship between Henry and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon and Cardinal Wolsey with some of the most spectacular Tudor paintings from the Royal Collection. Following our guided tour, explore more of the Palace at leisure or perhaps take a stroll through some of the 60 acres of enchanting gardens, lose yourself in the famous maze and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces and gardens in Europe. We return to the hotel and the evening at leisure.


Tuesday 5th May 2020


Today our full day visit is to the magnificent UNESCO world heritage site of Kew Gardens. Initially we are joined by a costumed guide for a tour of Kew Palace, which will give us an insight to the life, joys and sorrows of George III and his family, from his children’s lives to his own hardships. Fascinating personal artefacts and art works adorn the authentically recreated Georgian rooms in which the stories unfold. Wander through the eerie upper floor, left untouched for centuries and discover the eating habits of the royal household in the Royal Kitchens. Then spend the afternoon exploring Kew Gardens, join one of the guided walking tours, hop on the Kew Explorer land train (additional charge) or simply wander through some of the 300 acres of gardens with over 50,000 species of plants, highlights include the Rock Garden, Great Broad Walk Borders, The Hive – experience drama of life inside a beehive, the Mediterranean Garden or escape to a rainforest climate inside the iconic Palm House where you can discover which plants coffee, rubber and chocolate come from and find out more about the Madagascan 'suicide palm'. Brave the heights of the Treetop Walkway and admire the view from 18 metres above the woodland floor. Delight your senses with the colourful displays inside the Davies Alpine House, plus you can now visit the reopened Temperate House Following a major five-year renovation process, the Temperate House showcases the splendour of the world’s temperate zones. As temperate plants, all the species contained within live in conditions above 10oC to survive. Despite being the foundation of much life on Earth, many of these plants are under threat.  Evening at leisure


Wednesday 6th May 2020


We leave our hosts at the Doubletree by Hilton and travel to Covent Garden, here we have a tour of the Royal Opera House, we visit the Backstage and the Front of House areas of one of the world's leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance. The  Backstage Tours include an introduction to the colourful history of the theatre, an insight into the re-development of the Royal Opera House and a look at aspects of current productions. As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include opportunities to see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation. After time at leisure for lunch we depart London for the return journey to Cumbria.


Doubletree by Hilton London Ealing


This stylish 4 star hotel is located in the heart of West London, and Central London is easily accessible from Ealing Broadway station. All the air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with WiFi, 40-inch TV, Nespresso machines, laptop safes and mini-refrigerators. Enjoy dishes from the sizzling grill menu featuring locally sourced produce at W5 Grill & Bar. The hotel provides an extensive breakfast buffet and 24-hour room service.


Price per person sharing a twin/double room £379


To include


3 nights bed & breakfast at the Doubletree by Hilton London Ealing

Admission to Burghley House

Admission to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens including a 90 minute guided tour

Admission and guided tour of Kew Palace

Admission to Kew Gardens

Backstage tour of the Royal Opera House

Luxury air conditioned coach travel




Single room £90 – limited number

Travel Insurance £23