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Stunning Isles Of Scilly

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8647

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

8 days

English Heritage 2019

PRICE FROM ? £1415 per person
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Itinerary

Description

The uncrowded, unspoilt Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall, but feel like a world away from the mainland. The history of the islands stretches back to the Bronze Age and the locations that we visit on our tour will help us delve deeper into this heritage. St Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, will be our main base for this break. It offers diverse scenery, beaches, shops and restaurants and a picturesque quay.

Self Drive Itinerary

Day One  

After joining the coach, we journey down to the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth where we stay overnight.

Day Two – Ferry to the Isles of Scilly

We travel to Penzance to catch the ferry to St Mary’s. In the afternoon, we enjoy a short coach tour which introduces us to the beautiful island of St Mary’s and helps us get our bearings. We visit Harry’s Walls, an unfinished artillery fort, and Garrison Walls, one of the most impressive coastal defence systems in Britain. Later, we check in to the Bell Rock Hotel, our base for the next four nights.

Day Three – St Mary’s

Covering an area of less than 2½ square miles, St Mary’s is full of hidden treasures and amazing archaeological sites. Today we enjoy a historic walking tour beginning at the Bronze Age entrance grave of Bant’s Carn, continuing to Innisidgen Lower and Upper Burial Chambers (the upper cairn is the best preserved on the island) before finishing our tour at Porth Hellick Down Burial Chamber, which dates back to 2000 BC.

This afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. There is plenty to see in St Mary’s, or you could take the chance to take a boat to one of the beautiful neighbouring islands. 

Day Four – Tresco Abbey Garden

We catch the ferry across to Tresco, the second largest of the islands. Here we explore the glorious Tresco Abbey Garden, a horticultural paradise where some 20,000 exotic species from 80 countries thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Originally established as a private garden in the 19th century by island owner Augustus Smith, the diversity of plant life found within the garden is as extraordinary as it is unique.


Afterwards you have the option to join a 4-mile walk to Cromwell’s Castle and King Charles’ Castle. Situated on a rocky promontory, Cromwell’s Castle was built after the conquest of the Royalist Scillies in 1651 and is one of Britain’s few surviving Cromwellian fortifications. At King Charles’ Castle you can see the ruins of a small artillery fort built during the reign of Edward VI (1547-53). Alternatively enjoy some free time to explore Tresco.

Day Five – Day at leisure

We enjoy a day at leisure today, giving you another opportunity to visit one of the neighbouring islands.

Day Six – St Mary’s & ferry back to Penzance

This morning we have some time at leisure in St Mary’s. Hugh Town is the central hub of the island with shops, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as a wonderful museum. There are also three lovely beaches close by.

We then catch an afternoon ferry back to Penzance and return to the Penventon Park Hotel where we stay for the next two nights.  

Day Seven – Pendennis Castle & St Mawes Castle

Today we venture to one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle. The castle defended Cornwall against foreign invasion from Tudor times until the Second World War. On our costumed guided tour we discover more about the castle’s history and we will see the firing of the noon day gun.

St Mawes Castle is our final stop of the day. This fort shared the task of defending the Fal estuary with Pendennis. With its charming clover-leaf shape originally surrounded by octagonal outer defences, St Mawes was designed to mount heavy 'ship-sinking' guns.

Day Eight

After checking out of our hotel we board the coach for our return journey home.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Bell Rock Hotel, St Mary’s
  • Porterage at our mainland hotel
  • Welcome drink at the Penventon Park Hotel
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotels
  • Return ferry from Penzance to St Mary’s
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Tresco Abbey Garden, Pendennis Castle & St Mawes Castle
  • Coach tour of St Mary’s
  • Guided historic walking tour of St Mary’s
  • Costumed guided tour at Pendennis Castle
  • Guidebook for selected properties
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Are you an English Heritage Member?

If you are a member of English Heritage you can save a further £40pp on the price shown. To redeem this all you need to do is tick the "EH Member Discount" box on the "Passenger Options" page during the booking process.

Search Bullets

  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Bell Rock Hotel, St Mary’s
  • Visits to Tresco Abbey Garden, Pendennis Castle & St Mawes Castle
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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

Day One  

After joining the coach, we journey down to the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth where we stay overnight.

Day Two – Ferry to the Isles of Scilly

We travel to Penzance to catch the ferry to St Mary’s. In the afternoon, we enjoy a short coach tour which introduces us to the beautiful island of St Mary’s and helps us get our bearings. We visit Harry’s Walls, an unfinished artillery fort, and Garrison Walls, one of the most impressive coastal defence systems in Britain. Later, we check in to the Bell Rock Hotel, our base for the next four nights.

Day Three – St Mary’s

Covering an area of less than 2½ square miles, St Mary’s is full of hidden treasures and amazing archaeological sites. Today we enjoy a historic walking tour beginning at the Bronze Age entrance grave of Bant’s Carn, continuing to Innisidgen Lower and Upper Burial Chambers (the upper cairn is the best preserved on the island) before finishing our tour at Porth Hellick Down Burial Chamber, which dates back to 2000 BC.

This afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. There is plenty to see in St Mary’s, or you could take the chance to take a boat to one of the beautiful neighbouring islands. 

Day Four – Tresco Abbey Garden

We catch the ferry across to Tresco, the second largest of the islands. Here we explore the glorious Tresco Abbey Garden, a horticultural paradise where some 20,000 exotic species from 80 countries thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Originally established as a private garden in the 19th century by island owner Augustus Smith, the diversity of plant life found within the garden is as extraordinary as it is unique.


Afterwards you have the option to join a 4-mile walk to Cromwell’s Castle and King Charles’ Castle. Situated on a rocky promontory, Cromwell’s Castle was built after the conquest of the Royalist Scillies in 1651 and is one of Britain’s few surviving Cromwellian fortifications. At King Charles’ Castle you can see the ruins of a small artillery fort built during the reign of Edward VI (1547-53). Alternatively enjoy some free time to explore Tresco.

Day Five – Day at leisure

We enjoy a day at leisure today, giving you another opportunity to visit one of the neighbouring islands.

Day Six – St Mary’s & ferry back to Penzance

This morning we have some time at leisure in St Mary’s. Hugh Town is the central hub of the island with shops, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as a wonderful museum. There are also three lovely beaches close by.

We then catch an afternoon ferry back to Penzance and return to the Penventon Park Hotel where we stay for the next two nights.  

Day Seven – Pendennis Castle & St Mawes Castle

Today we venture to one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle. The castle defended Cornwall against foreign invasion from Tudor times until the Second World War. On our costumed guided tour we discover more about the castle’s history and we will see the firing of the noon day gun.

St Mawes Castle is our final stop of the day. This fort shared the task of defending the Fal estuary with Pendennis. With its charming clover-leaf shape originally surrounded by octagonal outer defences, St Mawes was designed to mount heavy 'ship-sinking' guns.

Day Eight

After checking out of our hotel we board the coach for our return journey home.

Coach Bullets

  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Bell Rock Hotel, St Mary’s
  • Porterage at our mainland hotel
  • Welcome drink at the Penventon Park Hotel
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotels
  • Return ferry from Penzance to St Mary’s
  • Return coach travel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Tresco Abbey Garden, Pendennis Castle & St Mawes Castle
  • Coach tour of St Mary’s
  • Guided historic walking tour of St Mary’s
  • Costumed guided tour at Pendennis Castle
  • Guidebook for selected properties
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Are you an English Heritage Member?

If you are a member of English Heritage you can save a further £40pp on the price shown. To redeem this all you need to do is tick the "EH Member Discount" box on the "Passenger Options" page during the booking process.

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