Travel Study Group J visit Deleights and History of Liverpool

Blue Badge guide is included on days 2, 3, 4. We stay at the centrally located 4* Marriott Hotel at Liverpool. Overlooking Queen Square, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and a sauna. All rooms are en suite and feature television, telephone, hairdryer, an in room safe, and tea & coffee making facilities.

The itinerary is as follows,

Day 1:   We depart from our designated pick up points and en route to Liverpool we visit the Little Moreton Hall NT, also known as Old Moreton Hall, a moated half-timbered manor house, we have free time at leisure here. On arrival in Liverpool we check in at the centrally located Hotel for a four-night stay on half board basis.
Day 2:   With our Blue Badge guide we tour Liverpool this morning taking in the splendour of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral with its modern circular design and glorious multi coloured windows. During our visit we see The Lutyens Crypt and Treasury. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed a cathedral for Liverpool with a dome bigger than that of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The Crypt is a beautiful, atmospheric space in its own right, and its Treasury contains a dazzling collection of sacred vessels and vestments. We continue to Liverpool Cathedral, one of the most iconic buildings of the city. This afternoon we visit the Slavery Museum in the Albert Dock. After you have free time to visit the Maritime Museum or Museum of Liverpool.
Day 3:   Port Sunlight Village was built by the Lever family for their workers and the village has over 900 listed and preserved buildings, wide streets and gardens. During our guided tour we visit Christ Church. The church is late Victorian and was a gift of William Hesketh Lever. On arrival at the Lady Lever Art Gallery we have a guided tour of the works collected throughout the life of its founder, William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme. British 18th and 19th century paintings, 18th century furniture and outstanding collections of Wedgwood and Chinese porcelain are 17 among the treasures on show. We continue with our Blue Badge guide to the National Trust’s Speke Hall, one of the country’s most famous timbered houses. Originally built in 1530, its Great Hall and priest hole date from Tudor times. There is also fine Jacobean plasterwork and intricately carved furniture.
Day 4:   We visit Crosby Beach this morning to see the internationally acclaimed artist Antony Gormley’s work ‘Another Place’. Best known for his controversial sculpture ‘Angel of the North’, ‘Another Place’ are massive installations of 100 cast iron figures, moulded from the artist’s own body in the style that has become synonymous with his work. We then visit the Albert Dock, Liverpool’s most visited attraction situated in a stunning World Heritage waterfront setting, where you may choose to visit the Tate, or the Merseyside Maritime Museum or Museum of Liverpool or take a leisurely lunch.
Day 5:   After checking out of our hotel and before returning home en route to our hotel we enjoy a guided tour at the New Cathedral at Coventry. Seemingly with a defiance that summed up the resolute character of the English citizens during the darkest days of the Second World War, the decision to build the New Cathedral was made the day after the old one was destroyed in the blitz. During our tour we see the tapestry of Christ in Glory, by Graham Sutherland. The world’s largest tapestry has hung in the cathedral since the building was consecrated in 1962. We also see the baptistery window, designed by John Piper and created by Patrick Reyntiens. We finally see the Chapel of Unity, with its detailed mosaic floor representing the nations of the world and lit by shafts of light from the narrow stained glass windows around the circumference of the star shaped chapel.

Cost is £549.00 (Half board accommodation 4 night DBB. Single supplement £99.)

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