• Explore the special Victorian heritage of the Isle of Wight in the bicentenary year of the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
• Visit Osborne House, the lavish holiday home of Queen Victoria and her family
• Discover the broader history of the Isle of Wight, from Roman times to the 20th century
Suzanne Fagence Cooper,
lecturer and historian who specialises in British art history
Assemble 1500 at Portsmouth ferry terminal for 1530 departure via Wightlink Ferry as foot passenger, arriving Fishbourne 1615. Transfer by coach to New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes for four nights. Evening introductory lecture.
Morning excursion to Shorwell: St Peter’s Church and Northcourt House. Continue to Carisbrooke Castle (Norman castle including Princess Beatrice Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw and based on the original garden retreat of Queen Victoria’s daughter). Afternoon: Quarr Abbey (impressive 20th century buildings).
Morning excursion to Brading: Nunwell House, St Mary’s Church and Brading Roman Villa. Afternoon: Old St Boniface Church, Ventnor Botanic Garden. Evening lecture.
Morning: Appuldurcombe House (ruins of an 18th century Baroque mansion) followed by Farringford House (former home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, extensively restored between 2012 and 2017). Afternoon: Dimbola Lodge (home of celebrated Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron).
Morning: St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham (frequented by Queen Victoria) and Osborne House (state and private apartments, followed by free time to visit the garden, Swiss Cottage and Queen Victoria’s bathing machine). Continue to Fishbourne for 1600 ferry departure, arriving Portsmouth 1645, where tour disperses.
30 Sep — 4 Oct 2019
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return ferry travel as foot passenger, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £120.