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Codebreakers, Flying Aces & Political Plotters

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8636

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Heritage 2022

PRICE FROM ? £675 per person
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Itinerary

Description

On this intriguing tour we delve into more than a century of aviation at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and the Shuttleworth Collection, and discover the wartime secrets of stately homes such as Bletchley Park and Audley End House. We combine these historical gems with a trip into London, where we explore the country’s political past at the Houses of Parliament and the fascinating Churchill War Rooms.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – Bletchley Park & Shuttleworth Collection
We discover one of the most remarkable stories of World War Two as we visit Bletchley Park, where the pioneering achievements of codebreakers provided crucial assistance to the Allied war effort. Our visit gives us an insight into the clandestine operations here, as well as free time to explore the galleries and exhibits inside the original codebreaking huts, which feature the world’s largest and most comprehensive display of Enigma machines.

Next, we travel to the Shuttleworth Collection, the world-renowned collection of over 150 historic aircraft and vehicles, spanning the last 100 years, located at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Opened to the public in 1963, the collection’s aircraft and vehicles, as much as possible, are all kept working as intended. Some of the most notable aircraft are the five Edwardian aeroplanes, of which one is the oldest British aeroplane still in flying condition.

Excursion Two – Houses of Parliament & Churchill War Rooms

Today we head into London and the centre of political life in the UK, the Houses of Parliament. Our audio-guided tour takes us through both the House of Lords and House of Commons, offering an insight into one thousand years of history, modern day politics plus stunning art and architecture. Just some of the highlights include the Queen’s Robing Room, both the Commons and Lords chambers and the historic Westminster Hall.

Afterwards, we enjoy lunch together at a traditional London pub before we walk to the nearby Churchill War Rooms in the heart of Westminster. Set underneath the Treasury building, the museum is comprised of the Cabinet War Rooms, used as a base of British Government command during the Second World War, as well as the Churchill Museum, which displays many exhibits that give a fascinating glimpse into the life of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister.


Excursion Three – Imperial War Museum Duxford & Audley End House and Gardens
We make our way to Imperial War Museum Duxford. This historic airfield is home to Britain’s largest aviation museum, but it first saw service in the First World War. During the Second World War it was a base for RAF planes and pilots, including the fighter ‘ace’ Douglas Bader. The US Air Force also used it in the later years of the war. Today, the hangars and buildings of Duxford contain some of the largest objects from the world-class collections of the Imperial War Museum, including hundreds of aircraft such as a Lancaster, Spitfire and Concorde, military vehicles and artillery pieces. There are also displays of other artefacts, films, photographs, documents and books.

We continue on to Audley End, one of the finest Jacobean houses in England, which played an important role in the Second World War. The house was the main training base for the Polish section of the Special Operations Executive, and agents were trained here to parachute into their homeland to fight against the Nazis. Here you can learn about the network of defences that once ran through the estate, part of a scheme to protect London from an attack from the east.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Novotel Stevenage with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After-dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Bletchley Park, the Shuttleworth Collection, Houses of Parliament, Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum Duxford & Audley End House and Gardens
  • Audio-guided tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Lunch* at a traditional London pub
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Novotel Stevenage with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Bletchley Park, the Shuttleworth Collection, Houses of Parliament, Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum Duxford & Audley End House and Gardens
  • Audio-guided tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Lunch* at a traditional London pub
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

Helpful Information

Please note: You will need a reasonable degree of mobility to keep up with the pace of the tour; you may encounter steep or rough terrain and have stairs to climb. As a general guideline, we recommend that you are comfortable to stroll for 20-30 minutes at a time.

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Coach Itinerary

Excursion One – Bletchley Park & Shuttleworth Collection
We discover one of the most remarkable stories of World War Two as we visit Bletchley Park, where the pioneering achievements of codebreakers provided crucial assistance to the Allied war effort. Our visit gives us an insight into the clandestine operations here, as well as free time to explore the galleries and exhibits inside the original codebreaking huts, which feature the world’s largest and most comprehensive display of Enigma machines.

Next, we travel to the Shuttleworth Collection, the world-renowned collection of over 150 historic aircraft and vehicles, spanning the last 100 years, located at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Opened to the public in 1963, the collection’s aircraft and vehicles, as much as possible, are all kept working as intended. Some of the most notable aircraft are the five Edwardian aeroplanes, of which one is the oldest British aeroplane still in flying condition.

Excursion Two – Houses of Parliament & Churchill War Rooms
Today we head into London and the centre of political life in the UK, the Houses of Parliament. Our audio-guided tour takes us through both the House of Lords and House of Commons, offering an insight into one thousand years of history, modern day politics plus stunning art and architecture. Just some of the highlights include the Queen’s Robing Room, both the Commons and Lords chambers and the historic Westminster Hall.

Afterwards, we enjoy lunch together at a traditional London pub before we walk to the nearby Churchill War Rooms in the heart of Westminster. Set underneath the Treasury building, the museum is comprised of the Cabinet War Rooms, used as a base of British Government command during the Second World War, as well as the Churchill Museum, which displays many exhibits that give a fascinating glimpse into the life of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister.


Excursion Three – Imperial War Museum Duxford & Audley End House and Gardens
We make our way to Imperial War Museum Duxford. This historic airfield is home to Britain’s largest aviation museum, but it first saw service in the First World War. During the Second World War it was a base for RAF planes and pilots, including the fighter ‘ace’ Douglas Bader. The US Air Force also used it in the later years of the war. Today, the hangars and buildings of Duxford contain some of the largest objects from the world-class collections of the Imperial War Museum, including hundreds of aircraft such as a Lancaster, Spitfire and Concorde, military vehicles and artillery pieces. There are also displays of other artefacts, films, photographs, documents and books.

We continue on to Audley End, one of the finest Jacobean houses in England, which played an important role in the Second World War. The house was the main training base for the Polish section of the Special Operations Executive, and agents were trained here to parachute into their homeland to fight against the Nazis. Here you can learn about the network of defences that once ran through the estate, part of a scheme to protect London from an attack from the east.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Novotel Stevenage with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After-dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Bletchley Park, the Shuttleworth Collection, Houses of Parliament, Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum Duxford & Audley End House and Gardens
  • Audio-guided tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Lunch* at a traditional London pub
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

Are you a National Trust, English Heritage or Historic Houses Member?
If you are a member of one of these organisations you can save a further £30pp on the price shown. To redeem this all you need to do is tick the members discount box on the “passenger Options” page during the booking process.

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Accommodation

Novotel Stevenage

The 4-star Novotel Stevenage is situated in the grounds of Knebworth House, just five minutes’ drive from Stevenage town centre. Completely refurbished in 2016, the hotel offers spacious modern rooms, high speed Wi-Fi and air-conditioning throughout, plus a stylish bar and restaurant.

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