Lake District National Park

5 days / 4 nights duration – Departing Thursday 30th September 2021
Return Executive Coach Travel departing from selected pick up point(s)
4 nights half board 3* AA rated Cumbria Grand Hotel
Included excursion package with entrances and guides as per the sample itinerary
NT properties are free for card carrying members. Non-members will pay these entrances locally

Price From £ 499pp Twin / double share
Single supplement £ 59pp (4 nights)

All current Covid-19 guidance followed ensuring the safety and well-being of our clients whilst offering a varied, interesting and enjoyable experience.

Itinerary
Day 1 – Departing this morning we begin our journey north, making a stop at Shugborough Estate (NT) where for NT card holders, an all-areas entrance ticket is included. This is the historic home of the Earls of Lichfield and from past to present, Shugborough has always been an attraction, with visitors calling to admire the beautiful plasterwork of the ceilings, fine porcelain collections and the unique neo-classical monuments in the grade 1 historic gardens and parkland. Today, Shugborough is the UK's only complete working historic estate and a world class visitor attraction. This estate includes working kitchens, a dairy, water mill, a restored walled garden, brew house and farm, all manned by historic costumed guides. The neo-classical landscaped park is peppered with monuments of national importance, including one of Britain’s earliest Chinese structures. Departing here we continue on to your hotel in the southern Lakes where dinner is included.

Day 2 – Breakfast included. Today is a relaxing one dedicated to the stunning Lake District visiting areas of outstanding beauty and small villages steeped in character and history. We begin with a relaxing 80 minute scenic Windermere cruise from Lakeside to Ambleside from where it is just a short drive to Grasmere, a charming village in the heart of the National Park. Grasmere was once the home of the famous poet William Wordsworth and in the centre of Grasmere is St. Oswald’s Church, the churchyard of which contains the Wordsworth family graves. This afternoon’s visit is to Dove Cottage, a beautifully preserved Lakeland Cottage and the 400 year-old home of Wordsworth. A visit here includes an introductory film followed by a self-guided tour. Nowhere else will you see a collection of buildings and objects which are significant both historically and culturally. Here you will experience a unique insight into the writer, his family and friends and the lifestyle of the area 200 years ago.
The last stop today is Hawkshead, home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery (NT) where there will be some free time before returning to the hotel, where your evening meal is included.


Day 3 – Breakfast included. Today begins in the nearby market town of Kendal, home to a fine selection of shopping arcades and which also boasts two castles, two museums and a host of historical buildings and bridges. Saturday, is also market day. The town’s most famous export must be Kendal Mint Cake. Its history varies from the Romans who left their mark with the camp at Watercrook on the banks of the river Kent, to the Normans who left the town with not one, but two castles and a church only a few feet narrower than the mighty York Minster. This afternoon’s visit is to nearby Sizergh Castle & Garden (NT) an imposing house which stands proud at the Gateway to the Lake District. Its rich and beautiful garden includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs. The exceptional wood panelling culminates in the Inlaid Chamber, returned here in 1999 from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Dinner included at the hotel tonight.

Day 4 – Following a leisurely breakfast, today begins with an included visit to Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, said to be the most beautiful historic house in the Lake District. Discover original decorative features by leading Arts & Crafts designers or sit and soak up the atmosphere in its inglenooks and inviting window seats, with views over Windermere and Coniston fells. From here it is just a short drive to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria’s most popular destination where people come to enjoy watersports on the lake or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the town’s delightful setting. You will have free time here and can purchase lunch before this afternoon’s included visit to Holker Hall & Gardens. This Hall is the family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish and has belonged to the family for its 400 year history. It is a delightful family home with fine displays of antique furniture and art and is the finest house in South Lakeland. The architectural interest of the house is almost all Victorian, a replacement after a fire in 1871. It is the work of Paley and Austin, and is their outstanding domestic work, using red sandstone in the Elizabethan style. You can tour the house without the restriction of ropes and barriers taking in the distinguished library, elegant drawing room, ornate dining room and the bedroom where Queen Mary stayed in 1937. The gardens contain many rare conifers, rhododendrons and other peat-loving plants as well as a rose garden and rolling parkland. Returning to the hotel – dinner is included.

Day 5 - Checking out of the hotel this morning, we begin our homeward journey stopping en route at Salford Quays where you will have free time. Here you may choose to visit the Imperial War Museum North where you will discover powerful stories that reveal how war shapes lives, from a soldier’s last letter home to the twisted steel of New York City's World Trade Centre. It is housed in Daniel Libeskind’s iconic building which represents a globe torn apart by conflict. You may also wish to explore the Lowry Centre, where you can purchase an early lunch and maybe even visit The Lowry Gallery (local donation required), where you can learn more about their namesake LS Lowry, with an introduction to the man and his work. Departing here we continue homeward returning you to your original departure point this evening.

Simply Groups reserve the right to make minor changes to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.

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