Tour in association with Ormskirk and District Association of National Trust Members.
- Hampton Court
- Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
- Sir John Soane’s Museum
- Shakespear’s Globe Theatre
- The Cumming Museum
- David Kirkaldy’s Testing and Experimenting Works
Full Tour Details
Thursday 8th November 2018
Leaving Washway Farm Spa Lane, Lathom at 8.00am we will journey southwards with a comfort stop en route to London. We will make several stops en route. Our main stop will be at Hampton Court located on the Thames at East Molesey. Cardinal Wolsey leased it in 1514 and transformed what was a small manor house into a magnificent country residence. After the royal takeover in 1528, it was extended twice first by Henry VIII and then by William and Mary, who used Christopher Wren as the architect. Outside the palace is a harmonious blend of Tudor and English Baroque; inside there is a contrast between Wren`s classical royal rooms and Tudor architecture, such as the Great Hall. Many state apartments are decorated with paintings and furnishings from the Royal Collection. The Mantegna Gallery houses Mantegna`s nine canvasses depicting the Triumphs of Caesar. After our visit we will continue to our hotel the Holiday Inn Shepperton. This quite location is an ideal base for our stay. It has a good lounge, restaurant, bar and large leisure complex complete with pool. We are booked in for 3 night’s dinner bed and breakfast.
Friday 9th November 2018
This morning we visit Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum , which is the largest tennis museum in the world. The museum was inaugurated at The Championships centenary event in 1977. On the 12 April 2006, HRH The Duke of Kent declared the brand new Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum open to the public inside the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. This museum has exhibits and artefacts dating back to 1555 as well as touch screen computer consoles for visitors to interact with. Memorabilia from many famous players from Victorian times up to present day are included in exhibits which change seasonally. The museum also has a viewing platform called CentreCourt360 allowing guests to sample the atmosphere of Centre Court, except for the period around The Championships. Guided tours are also available which take visitors behind the scenes of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and includes admission into the museum. Later, after some free time for lunch we will enter the Sir John Soane’s Museum. It was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane’s projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled. Born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, Soane died in 1837 after a long and distinguished career. He designed 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields as his home and as a setting for his antiquities and works of art. After his wife’s death he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. He established the house as a museum by Act of Parliament (1833) requiring that his romantic and poetic interiors be kept as they were at the time of his death.
N.B. The Sir John Soanes Museum can no longer accept larger groups at one time due to size limitations. The group will be free to spend time in this area all afternoon so there is plenty of opportunity to visit individually.
Saturday 10th November 2018
This morning we drive to Bankside to visit Shakespear’s Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of the original built in 1599 and possessing the only thatched roof permitted in the city since the Great Fire. Here we will be given a tour which will include an Elizabethan dressing demonstration using clothes from The Globe Theatre wardrobe explaining the intricacies of dressing and the significance of clothing in Elizabethan society. If you have ever wondered about the origin of phrases such as ‘straight laced’, ‘pin money’ or ‘loose women’ this is your chance to find out the truth. We will have some free time in the Borough Market area and then we shall visit The Cumming Museum. The Museum comprises the worldwide and local collections of the Cuming family, an extensive art collection as well as local and social history object collected since the early 19th century right up to today, reflecting Southwark’s rich and diverse history and its unfolding story.
Sunday 11th November 2018
This morning we check out of the hotel and visit the David Kirkaldy’s Testing and Experimenting Works at 99 Southwark Street which set international standards in testing materials from which everyone’s everyday life benefits today. Today, this unique Victorian workshop keeps alive our direct link with Kirkaldy’s innovation, at the heart of this bustling commercial district of London. The museum preserves Kirkaldy’s unique Universal Testing Machine – the huge hydraulic powered machine he designed and had built in Leeds – in full working order in the premises he built to house it. N.B. this museum is desperately short of volunteers and we may be forced to seek an alternative venue should no volunteers be on hand to receive us From here we make our way home, an early evening meal is planned and we intend to be back at Washway Farm by 8pm.
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