Staying at our well-located 4-star hotel, enjoy a glimpse of a bygone age experiencing fabulous highlights and scenic destinations that also showcase two famous names of British history - Berkeley and Brunel.
Voted the second greatest Briton of all time after Churchill, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the 19th century engineering giants. His achievements, many of which are still part of our everyday lives and landscape, are a lasting testament to his far-sighted genius. Step aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the largest ship in the world at the time it launched in 1843. She was also the first screw-propelled, ocean-going, iron-hulled steam ship – a truly revolutionary vessel and fore-runner of all modern shipping.
The Berkeley family is unique in English history in that it has an unbroken male line of descent from a noble Saxon ancestor before the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Having been such a long-living and prolific family means that there are Berkeley connections all over the world, from Berkeley Square in London to the North of America and Australia. They also retain possession of much of the land held from the 11th and 12th centuries, centred on remarkable Berkeley Castle and stunning Spetchley Park Gardens.
Day 1: Following your home taxi collection we make our way to the Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall for our 4 night stay.
Day 2: We travel to the beautiful city of Bristol, situated on the River Avon and boasting an intriguing mix of old and new, from the modern harbourside area to the historic Old City. The home of one of Victorian Britain’s most respected sons, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Bristol has long been at the forefront of engineering. Brunel helped design the impressive floating harbour. He was also responsible for the SS Great Britain, the world’s first iron-hulled, propel driven ship to successfully cross the Atlantic, and the forerunner of modern passenger liners. Discover how Brunel revolutionised travel, setting new standards in engineering, reliability and speed, that changed the world on our included guided tour. After the visit, spend time exploring the lively harbourside area. You could even take a short cruise around the dock (not included). Later in the afternoon, you could head to see another of Brunel’s creations (not included), the stunning Clifton Suspension Bridge which spans the Avon Gorge at a dizzy height. This beautiful landmark of the city is one of Britain’s most iconic images and you are able to walk across it*.
Day 3: Today, we head to ancient Berkeley Castle, historic home of one of England's oldest families, with a wealth of treasures to discover. Our VIP experience includes an exclusive out-of-hours guided tour, followed by a Q&A session with a knowledgeable guide with cake, teas and coffees. In the afternoon, you could return to Tewkesbury for free time to explore this medieval market town or enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Tewkesbury is not so much a town but a living museum of architecture and social history spanning over 500 years, it is renowned for its' black and white medieval buildings as well as being home to its famous Norman Abbey. Originally part of a monastery, it was one of a few religious buildings saved from dissolution by Henry VIII. Soak up the culture and history or find an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, tea rooms, pubs and bistros. Perhaps take a riverside stroll along the River Severn or a boat trip along the Avon (not included).
Day 4: Today travel to Worcester, a beautiful Cathedral City on the banks of the River Severn. A historic city with much to see, including the old Greyfriars Merchant House and Garden and the Royal Worcester Pottery Museum. Perhaps visit magnificent Worcester Cathedral, one of England’s loveliest cathedrals highlighting historical, religious and architectural features with royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass. In the afternoon, we include a visit to nearby Spetchley Park Gardens, owned for many centuries by the Berkeley family.
Day 5: After breakfast we make our way back to Norfolk, making suitable stops en-route. Upon arrival our door to door taxi service will be waiting to take you home.
Single Supplement £nil (Limited Availability)
Tour Reference AWE3982
Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall ****
With its regal front lawns and classic Regency style, Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel ticks all of your lord and lady of the manor requirements from the get-go. Set among 12 acres of rolling park and woodland, this charming hotel is housed in a listed Georgian hall that looks just as impressive inside as it does outside. Behind its curved white facade you’ll find newly refurbished chic interiors and stylish bedrooms with luxury amenities alongside contemporary furnishings, to create the perfect mix of old and new.
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