Great Cathedrals of the Southwest

3 days

From £575

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Summary

Romanesque to Gothic

This tour in the heart of South Western England offers you an architectural journey of a collection of some of our most glorious cathedrals. From the Norman Conquest to the 16th century Reformation, you will tour the breadth of the Middle Ages, with access behind the scenes of these magnificent edifices. Immersed in the minds and lives of past masons and monarchs, this tour unravels the extraordinary construction of the cathedrals so intricately laced with the political, social, economic and cultural history of England. Each of the cathedrals is important, historically and architecturally, in its own right. Salisbury Cathedral is famed for its breath-taking 123-metre spire, as well as for housing one of only four extant copies of Magna Carta. In turn, Winchester—an outstanding example of all the main phases of English Norman and Gothic—was once one of the most important royal churches in Anglo-Saxon England and is the burial place for some of the earliest kings, including King Alfred the Great. Lastly, Wells Cathedral, described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals” and set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, is the earliest English cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. Explore the lives, legends and scandals of the people who built these magnificent skyscrapers of glass and stone – both up the pinnacles and down in the crypts.

Tour highlights:

  • Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the art and architectural of magnificent national treasures
  • See one of the few original copies of the extraordinary Magna Carta, so crucial to shaping legal systems
  • Embark on expert, guided tours of 3 extraordinary cathedrals to explore their unique artefacts and histories

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£575

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £99, was £150.

Single supplement: £125

Meet your Experts

Dr Emma Wells

Guide Lecturer

Dr Emma J. Wells is an historian of architectural history at the University of York, and the author of many publications, including Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles, which was lauded as “a beautifully written and hugely useful book” by Oxford art historian and broadcaster Dr Janina Ramirez.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
25 March 2021 ASCA210325 25 March 2021 (Thursday) 27 March 2021 (Saturday) Dr Emma Wells £535
(ex. flights)
£99
£150
£115 Book Now
2 September 2021 ASCA210902 2 September 2021 (Thursday) 4 September 2021 (Saturday) Dr Emma Wells £575
(ex. flights)
£99
£150
£125 Book Now
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