Houses, Railways and Canals of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Price £226.00

Date/Time

Date 24/05/2019 - 26/05/2019

Boughton House, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa, Foxton Locks, Canal cruise & Great Central Railway

We are delighted to offer this tour based in a 4 star hotel – you visit Boughton House, Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa.
You also visit Foxton Locks and have the opportunity for a short canal cruise and take a nostalgic railway journey on the Great Central Railway from Leicester to Loughborough. A delightful weekend!

Boughton House Discover one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. As well as the splendours of the house, you can also enjoy the 18th-century landscaped gardens, woodlands and grand country park. At Boughton you can also see one of Britain’s most outstanding collections of

fine art, furniture, tapestries, porcelain and carpets. Visitors can view a magnificent range of paintings by great artists, including The Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, Gainsborough’s portrait of Mary Montagu, grisailles and portraits by Van Dyck, and Breaking Cover by John Wootton. Boughton also has some of the best-preserved baroque

State Rooms in the British Isles. Here you can walk through grand apartments of contrasting character decorated in extravagant yet elegant taste with the finest artworks of Boughton’s golden era.

Foxton Locks All the fun of the canals in the heart of rural South Leicestershire. Watch colourful narrowboats ascending the ‘staircase’ of ten locks as their crews turn paddles and heave gates open to move their boats up the hill. Discover wildlife in the side-ponds, find out about Foxton’s fascinating history at the museum, then take a short boat trip on the canal. Vagabond is an elegant vintage motor launch believed to be over 100 years old. It has a fixed roof and open sides, with wooden benches for seating (you might like to bring a cushion).

Great Central Railway Voted number 12 on the list of the 50 greatest railway journeys in the world the Great Central Railway is the UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails

ITINERARY

FRIDAY: Depart in the morning and head south for an afternoon visit to Boughton House for a guided tour (entrance included). Transfer to your hotel for dinner.

SATURDAY: After breakfast visit the historic town of Warwick, with its magnificent Castle, secret gardens, beautiful buildings, excellent shopping, unique antique shops and great choice of restaurants.

You have time at leisure before heading to Royal Leamington Spa, a fashionable and elegant regency town. With Georgian and Victorian architecture, tree-lined avenues and squares, stunning parks and gardens, it offers a unique shopping, dining and cultural experience. Dinner in hotel.

SUNDAY: After breakfast head to Foxton Locks for time at leisure and a short canal cruise (included
in price). You then journey to Leicester for a 30 minute train ride on the Great Central Railway to Loughborough (included in price) before you make your way home arriving at your agreed drop off point early evening.

HOTEL

THE MERCURE DAVENTRY COURT HOTEL & SPA, DAVENTRY **** With leisure facilities

Located near Daventry, surrounded by pretty Northamptonshire villages and towns this hotel is spacious and modern. Stylish lounge, bar and dining room. All bedrooms are en-suite with TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, whirlpool/jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Lift to all floors

Supplements per person

Single room supplement £40

Deposit £50

Insurance Premium £22.50

 

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