Nottingham & Rutland 5 Days - Stoke Rochford Hotel
Known as the Gateway to Lincolnshire, the town of Grantham was recently named as one of the best places to live in Britain. Sir Isaac Newton was the most famous pupil of Grantham’s Kings School. More recently, Britain’s first policewoman served here and Britain’s first woman Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was born in the town. The original Guildhall was made up of three buildings- a Ballroom and Courtroom, a Governor’s Residence and a Jail. Now it houses a lively Arts Centre and the Tourist Information Centre. At the heart of Grantham is the parish church of St. Wulfram with its soaring 282ft. spire – one of the most important town churches in England.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Nottingham
The City of Nottingham is full of interest, including the Castle, Lace Market, cave dwellings and Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem (England’s oldest pub)/nNottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery stands on the site of a Castle built by the Normans to establish law over a rebellious city where Robin Hood legends began (entry fees)./nWollaton Hall is one of the country’s finest Grade One listed Elizabethan mansions, set within 500 acres of beautiful parkland./n
Day 3 - Belton House, Newark & Southwell
Belton House is a magnificent 17th century property which is often cited as the 'quintessential country house estate' (entrance included in the tour cost)./nBuilt for Sir John Brownlow in the 1680s, Belton House has all the design features of a classic English country home and sits in formal Italian and Dutch gardens./nNewark Castle and Gardens are lovely, formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle, which was partly destroyed in 1646 at the end of the English Civil War./nThe Air Museum covers the history of aviation whilst the The National Holocaust Centre and Museum is a vibrant memorial and place of testimony (entry fees apply)./nThe picturesque town of Southwell is bursting with tradition and character and often referred to as ‘The jewel in Nottinghamshire’s crown’./nIt is home to a splendid medieval minster, dating from Robin Hood’s time, a selection of independent shops, a racecourse and Southwell Workhouse (entry fees apply)./n
Day 4 - Rutland & Melton Mowbray
Rutland is an idyllic rural destination offering a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It is England's smallest county./nThe Grainstore Brewery based in Rutland allows us to experience the brewing process first-hand and sample some of the beers (entry included)./nRutland boasts two nature reserves, the delightful Barnsdale Gardens (entry fees apply) and a range of theatres, art galleries (fees may apply) and unique shops./nMelton Mowbray is a bustling market town, most famous for pork pies and stilton cheese./nThe Melton Carnegie Museum documents the history of the town./nSt Mary's Church was once deemed the largest and 'stateliest' parish church in Leicestershire until it fell into a poor state of repair and was deemed 'unfit for purpose' in 2016./n
Day 5 - Return Travel
Stoke Rochford Hall
A stunning Grade 1 Victorian country mansion, surrounded by vast landscaped gardens and parkland, Stoke Rochford Hall Hotel offers a tranquil getaway with extensive facilities. Guest rooms are adjacent to main house. Some ground floor rooms available.