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We depart in our executive coach from our designated pick up points. En route to Liverpool we enjoy a guided tour at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to a fine collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Renaissance masterpieces and 9,000 year old Middle Eastern treasures. We continue to the centrally located 4* Mercure Atlantic Hotel in Liverpool for a five night stay on half board basis.
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 and Liverpool Cathedral, one of the most iconic buildings of the city. We continue with our Blue Badge guide to Crosby Beach 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. This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of the Walker Art Gallery, introducing us to one of the finest collections of fine and decorative art in Europe with works by Rembrandt, Poussin and Degas, 20th century works by artists such as Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Gilbert and George as well as one of the most important sculpture collections outside London.
Today we visit Salford. This morning, and subject to availability, we enjoy a Behind the Scenes tour of the BBC at MediaCityUK. MediaCityUK is home to a whole host of favourites including Match of the Day, Blue Peter, A Question of Sport and BBC Breakfast. This afternoon we have a guided tour of The Lowry. Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays, The Lowry houses the biggest public collection of works by LS Lowry with around 350 paintings and drawings, ranging across Lowry's artistic career.
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. 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 painting, 18th century furniture and outstanding collections of Wedgwood and Chinese porcelain are 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.
This morning we enjoy an included short cruise on the River Mersey with our Blue Badge guide, to see Liverpool from a different perspective. We then visit the Tate Liverpool Gallery for a guided tour. Housed in a beautiful converted warehouse in the historic Albert Dock, the gallery is the home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England. Works on display will include Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’, Degas’ ‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’, Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’, and Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’. The rest of the day is at leisure at the Albert Dock, Liverpool’s most visited attraction situated in a stunning World Heritage waterfront setting, where you may choose to visit the International Slavery Museum, or the Merseyside Maritime Museum. This evening (subject to the theatre and classical concert programme which has not yet been finalised for the 2017 season) there may be the option of attending the theatre or seeing a classical concert.
After checking out of our hotel and en route home we visit the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham for a guided tour, depicting the history of Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.
NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply.
Half board accommodation
A full programme of included excursions & guided tours
Entrance fees included at non-National Trust properties
Blue Badge guide on Days 2, 4 & 5
Executive coach throughout
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – guided tour
Liverpool – guided city tour
Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral
Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ at Crosby Beach
Walker Art Gallery – guided tour
BBC MediaCityUK – behind the scenes tour
The Lowry – guided tour
Port Sunlight Village
Lady Lever Art Gallery – guided tour
River Mersey cruise
Tate Liverpool – guided tour
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – guided tour
We stay five nights on half board basis at the centrally located 4* Mercure Atlantic Hotel in Liverpool (www.mercure.com). The hotel is situated near the Royal Liver Building and facilities include a restaurant and bar. All rooms are en suite and feature television, telephone, hair dryer, and tea & coffee making facilities.
Single room supplement £99
Entrance fee to Speke Hall (free to NT members)
Optional evening out on Day 5
Theatre visit or classical concert on Day 5