Coastal Castles & Magnificent Mansions of Dorset

5 days

From £895

Summary

We wind our way through the stunning Surrey countryside, the rolling downs of Hampshire and the New Forest National Park to discover the coastal castles and magnificent mansions of Dorset. We visit the ancestral home of William and Ali Hanham, Deans Court, which has been in their family for nearly 500 years. We also visit Highcliffe Castle, a Grade I listed building which was the brainchild of Lord Stuart de Rothesay, the opulent Venetian palace-styled Kingston Lacy, as well as fascinating collections at the Russell Cotes House and Gallery.  We enjoy a nostalgic journey on the heritage Swanage Railway and have the chance to explore the ruins of Corfe Castle. The artillery fortress of Portland Castle also features, as we learn about its long serving history from its commission by Henry the VIII in 1540 to defend England against European invasion from the French and Spanish to the roles it played in both World Wars. We delve into another facet of Tudor history with visits to Sherborne Castle and Athelhampton Hall, both great examples of stately homes of this period. At the latter, we are also treated to a delightful lunch before returning to our original joining points.

Tour highlights:

  • Guided tour of Highcliffe Castle with Refreshments
  • ‘Story of the Victorian Villa’ tour at Russell Cotes House & Gallery
  • Guided tour of Portland Castle, guided book and tea or coffee with Cake
  • Guided tour of Athelhampton Hall with light lunch, tea or coffee and glass of wine
  • Visits to Deans Court, Kingston Lacy, Sherbourne Castle and Corfe Castle

Departure Routes

Location Depart Return
London
Coach Bays on Tothill Street, Westminster
08.00 18.00
Basingstoke
Outside the Railway Station
10.00 16.00

Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.

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Today's Price
£895

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £105

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
15 September 2022 BCMD220915 15 September 2022 (Thursday) 19 September 2022 (Monday) £895
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