9 Day - Needlework & Embroidery Tour of London, Portsmouth & Arundel
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This tour has been designed by using public transport, so that individuals can take the tour and it makes it more affordable. All of our tours come with step by step instructions to make using public transport easy and hassle free.
Day One - London
Arrive into London and take either the Heathrow or Gatwick Express into central London and on arrival, check-in at your centrally located hotel, which will be your base for the next 6 nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax after your long flight.
Day Two – Royal School of Needlework – London
After breakfast, take the train to Hampton Court Palace, home of the Royal School of Needlework for a special two day Needlework Course. Late afternoon take the return train to London.
Day Three – Royal School of Needlework - London
After breakfast return to Hampton Court Palace to continue your two day Needlework Course at the Royal School of Needlework. Late afternoon take the return train to London.
Day Four – St Paul’s Cathedral - London
Depart your hotel for a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral to view the vestments, copes and altar frontals that were specifically made for the Cathedral. The current Cathedral, the fourth to occupy this site was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Remainder of the day is at leisure in London.
Day Five – Victoria & Albert Museum - London
Today enjoy a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum which houses the national collection of textiles and covers a period, of more than 2000 years. It has a broad geographic range with a particular emphasis on Europe. Most techniques are represented including woven, printed and embroidered textiles, lace, tapestries and carpets. These are classified by technique, countries of origin and dates of production. Particularly rich areas of the collections are the early silks from the near east, lace, European tapestries and English medieval church embroidery. There is so much to view at the museum, that we recommend that you spend the full day here.
Day Six – D-Day Museum - Portsmouth
Take the train from London to Portsmouth and on arrival drop off your luggage at your hotel. This will be followed by a visit to the Overlord Embroidery at the D-Day Museum. It is the centrepiece of the D-Day Museum and was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those who took part. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry it traces in stunning visual form the progress of Overlord, from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944. Overnight in Portsmouth.
Day Seven – Portsmouth – London – Parham House – Arundel
Today take a train from Portsmouth to Arundel and on arrival drop off your luggage at your hotel. You will then be collected by your driver for the transfer to visit the outstanding collection of needlework at Parham House. Return to Arundel for overnight.
Day Eight – Arundel – London
Take a train back to London and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in London and perhaps an opportunity to attend a West End Musical Performance of your choice.
Day Nine - Home
After breakfast take either the Heathrow or Gatwick Express train back to the airport for your return flight home.