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We depart in our private executive coach from our designated pick up points and en route to our hotel we visit the National Trust’s Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate near Wilmslow. This restored Georgian cotton mill tells the story of ‘King Cotton’ from a bale of raw cotton to finished cloth, and the original Apprentice House recreates the 1830s atmosphere of the lives of child workers. On arrival in Liverpool we check in at the centrally located 4* Mercure Atlantic Hotel for a four night stay on a 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.
We visit the World Museum this morning to see the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition. This exhibition will be the first time in more than ten years that these spectacular warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, have been brought to the UK. His vast burial site and tomb complex was discovered near Xi’an in North West China in 1974, and the story of the tomb’s Terracotta Warriors will be displayed alongside important artefacts and research relating to the formative years of the Chinese nation. 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.
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.
After checking out of our hotel and before returning home we visit Manchester, for 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. We spend some further time at leisure at Salford Quays and you may choose to visit the nearby Imperial War Museum North, an award winning building by international architect Daniel Libeskind. One of the most talked about Museums in Britain today, the Imperial War Museum North is about people and their stories and how lives have been and still are shaped by war and conflict.
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.
Central Liverpool 4* hotel
Half board accommodation
All excursions & guided tours included
Blue Badge guide on Days 2 & 4
Executive coach throughout
Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate
Liverpool – guided city tour
Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral
Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ at Crosby Beach
Walker Art Gallery – guided tour
World Museum – Terracotta Warriors Exhibition (entrance fee included)
Port Sunlight Village
Lady Lever Art Gallery – guided tour
The Lowry, Salford – guided tour
We stay four nights on a 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 fees (except those indicated above) to places visited as part of this itinerary (NT properties free to NT members)
All excursions & guided tours included