Port Sunlight and the Great Gardens of Cheshire
Cheshire’s rural countryside is the setting of two popular National Trust properties – the ancient deer park of Dunham Massey and the grand mansion estate of Tatton Park. Arley Hall & Gardens is one of the finest gardens in the country, and a visit to the stately home will delight with its charm and quintessentially English character. The garden village of Port Sunlight is a highlight of the tour, built in an eclectic mix of architectural styles.
Day 1 Departure 0730-0830 hrs, making a comfort stop en-route. Arrive Chester for free time. Hotel check-in. Dinner is included for the next 4 nights.
Day 2 - 4 Tours include:
Port Sunlight, one of the best attractions in the region. It serves as a fascinating social history and tells the story of William Lever who created the village for his ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers. Among the wide boulevards are over 900 Grade II listed buildings.
Dunham Massey (National Trust), where 300 acres of exceptional parkland are a backdrop to the Georgian house. Enjoy a stroll in the gardens, admiring historic features such as the Orangery, and delve into the Edwardian interiors of the hall.
Tatton Park (National Trust), one of the most complete historic estates in the country. See the Mansion, Tudor Old Hall and wonderful working farm; there is something for all tastes.
Arley Hall & Gardens. The 12-acres of gardens are recognised for their variety and historical interest. Highlights include a double herbaceous border, one of the oldest in Europe. The inviting Victorian house adds to the charming atmosphere.
Day 5 Depart hotel. Travel via the Horseshoe Pass, with a comfort stop at Llangollen. Arrive home: late-afternoon.
• Return coach travel
• 4 nights accommodation
• Full English or continental buffet style breakfast
• Served 3 course dinner (3 choices) plus after dinner tea/coffee
• Admission to Dunham Massey
• Admission to Tatton Park
• Admission to Arley Hall & Gardens
• Hotel porter service
• All coach tours
Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester
Located in the centre of Chester, opposite the railway station, approximately 10 minutes walk into the centre. The hotel has recently received a multi-million pound refurbishment, adding contemporary design-led twists to the Victorian interiors. Marvel at the fabulous ceilings, spectacular staircases and regal public areas.
Bedrooms: En-suite (shower over bath) with TV, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone and hairdryer.
Facilities: Bar and lounge.
Mobility Information: Lift serves all 3 floors in the Queens area and 7 floors in the Kings area of the hotel. 12 steps at entrance. Limited ground floor bedrooms.
Supplements (subject to availability):
Single room supplement £100.00
Executive Queen upgrade £20.00 per room per night
Executive King upgrade £40.00 per room per night.
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