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Northampton - Two Castles & a Chateau

Rockingham Castle

Combining some of the most impressive with less visited gems in the region

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TWO CASTLES AND A CHATEAU

 

27 – 31 May 2021

Thursday - Monday

5 Days

From £459

 

With a host of excursion possibilities within easy reach of our tour base, we have combined some of the most impressive with less visited gems in the region, including a little-known canal boat trip and Waddesdon Manor.

 

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

 

Rockingham Castle   |   Waddesdon Manor   |   Castle Ashby Gardens   |   Huntingdon   |   Aylesbury   |   Canal Cruise

 

DAY ONE - Arrival

We depart from your home and travel to Northampton with time to relax before dinner this evening.

 

DAY TWO – Waddesdon Manor & Aylesbury

Today we have a wonderful excursion to Waddesdon Manor. This stunning house was once home to the Rothschild family. Built in the style of a French Chateau, this opulent house is an overload on all the senses. The extravagant interiors include exquisite furniture, porcelain, paintings, and carpets. The gardens are extensive, ranging from woodland walks to formally laid beds. They remain in keeping with those originally set out by the Rothschild family, whom many considered at the time to be at the forefront of Victorian gardening.

 

Later we visit Aylesbury, a bustling market town located just north of the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, in the rich agricultural area known as the Vale of Aylesbury. Perhaps best known for producing the ‘tastiest’ duck in the 19th century, the town offers both the history and heritage of its old quarter as well as the modern shopping facilities.

 

DAY THREE – Castle Ashby Gardens & Stoke Bruerne Canal Cruise

To Stoke Bruerne this morning for a short canal boat trip. Afterwards and time allowing, enjoy a walk along the canal side. This afternoon is to Castle Ashby Gardens, the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton. With parkland designed by Capability Brown, visitors will enjoy several wonderful gardens including formal Italian gardens, an Arboretum, and a small Animal Menagerie.

 

Wander through its gardens, and you are taking a walk-through history. Set in the heart of a 10,000-acre estate, the 35 acres of extensive gardens are a combination of several styles including the romantic Italian Gardens, the unique Orangery and impressive Arboretum.

 

DAY FOUR – Rockingham Castle & Huntingdon

A leisurely start this morning for a visit to the remarkable Rockingham Castle. Built on the instruction of William the Conqueror and frequented by Charles Dickens, the castle has been in the current owners family for 450 years. Visitors usually start their self-guided tour 'below stairs' and work their way through the Panel Room, Long Gallery and the Great Hall. This afternoon is at leisure in the lovely market town of Huntingdon.

 

DAY FIVE - Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast we depart our hotel and make our journey home with comfort stops en route.

 

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Luxury coach travel

  • Home pick-up

  • 4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

  • Admission to Waddesdon Manor

  • Canal Boat Cruise

  • Admission to Castle Ashby Gardens

  • Admission to Rockingham Castle.

 

MARRIOTT HOTEL, Northampton

A modern and inviting hotel well located for touring the region. In addition to an open plan reception, bar and restaurant, the hotel offers outdoor seating overlooking Delapre Lake. The hotel also has a leisure centre. There is no lift at this hotel, but ground floor bedrooms are available.

DAY ONE


We depart from your home and travel to Northampton with time to relax before dinner this evening.

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DAY TWO

Today we have a wonderful excursion to Waddesdon Manor. This stunning house was once home to the Rothschild family. Built in the style of a French Chateau, this opulent house is an overload on all the senses. The extravagant interiors include exquisite furniture, porcelain, paintings, and carpets. The gardens are extensive, ranging from woodland walks to formally laid beds. They remain in keeping with those originally set out by the Rothschild family, whom many considered at the time to be at the forefront of Victorian gardening.
Later we visit Aylesbury, a bustling market town located just north of the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, in the rich agricultural area known as the Vale of Aylesbury. Perhaps best known for producing the 'tastiest' duck in the 19th century, the town offers both the history and heritage of its old quarter as well as the modern shopping facilities.

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DAY THREE

To Stoke Bruerne this morning for a short canal boat trip. Afterwards and time allowing, enjoy a walk along the canal side. This afternoon is to Castle Ashby Gardens, the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton. With parkland designed by Capability Brown, visitors will enjoy several wonderful gardens including formal Italian gardens, an Arboretum, and a small Animal Menagerie.
Wander through its gardens, and you are taking a walk-through history. Set in the heart of a 10,000-acre estate, the 35 acres of extensive gardens are a combination of several styles including the romantic Italian Gardens, the unique Orangery and impressive Arboretum.

B, D

DAY FOUR

A leisurely start this morning for a visit to the remarkable Rockingham Castle. Built on the instruction of William the Conqueror and frequented by Charles Dickens, the castle has been in the current owners family for 450 years. Visitors usually start their self-guided tour 'below stairs' and work their way through the Panel Room, Long Gallery and the Great Hall. This afternoon is at leisure in the lovely market town of Huntingdon.

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DAY FIVE

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast we depart our hotel and make our journey home with comfort stops en route.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

·          Luxury coach travel

·          Home pick-up

·          4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

·          Admission to Waddesdon Manor

·          Canal Boat Cruise

·          Admission to Castle Ashby Gardens

·          Admission to Rockingham Castle.

 

MARRIOTT HOTEL, Northampton

A modern and inviting hotel well located for touring the region. In addition to an open plan reception, bar and restaurant, the hotel offers outdoor seating overlooking Delapre Lake. The hotel also has a leisure centre. There is no lift at this hotel, but ground floor bedrooms are available.

 

Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited. If no single supplement applies this is limited to the tour single room allocation and therefore additional cost may apply.  Prices displayed are per person unless otherwise stated. If door-to-door pick-up is included there may be additional charges for out of area. Itineraries and hotel inclusions may be subject to change. Covid-19 restrictions may apply.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Holywell Holywell, Bus Station
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