Covering all that you could want from Stafford, Shropshire and the surrounding areas, this tour offers a variety of interesting visits. With an excursion to Wales and visits to Stately homes, this is not to be missed!
The Telford Hotel is located about 5 miles south of Telford in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. All of the contemporary en-suite bedrooms have a telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
Sunday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive west where we arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served upon arrival, followed by time to settle in and dinner.
Monday We begin our day with a trip to Wales where we visit Erddig Hall. Here we can explore a much loved home, gardens and estate that are all filled with the stories of a family and their servants. A large collection of the servant’s portrait’s and preserved rooms capture their lives in the early 20th century, while upstairs is a treasure trove of fine furniture and textiles. Outdoor lies a fully restored 18th century garden with trees, hedges and a nationally important collection of ivies. After our visit to Erddig Hall, we travel the short distance to the Welsh town of Wrexham. Here we stop for the afternoon with chance to obtain lunch and explore, perhaps enjoy the Bellevue Park, before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Tuesday After breakfast we drive to Stafford where we will spend the morning. With time to wander around, why not visit the Collegiate Church of Saint Mary, enjoy a drink and a snack by the riverside or explore Victoria Park with its aviary, glass house and gardens. In the afternoon we travel to Stoke-on-Trent where we visit the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Travel back in time and discover the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics and a World War 2 Spitfire, then perhaps visit the gardens before we return to the hotel for dinner.
Wednesday Today we visit the town of Dudley. We have time at leisure here to perhaps enjoy a visit the Dudley Castle. After time for lunch we travel to Wightwick Manor and Gardens. It is one of only a few surviving examples of a house built and furnished under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement. The house has Victorian gardens and the outbuildings house stables, a handmade pottery shop, studio workshop and a bookshop.
Thursday We bid farewell to our hosts and make our way home.
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