3 nights starting from
Lichfield – our base, with its lovely Minster
Coventry Cathedral – Sir Basil Spence’s 1962 masterpiece
Warwick’s magnificent St Mary’s with Beauchamp monuments
Cheadle St Giles – Pugin’s magnum opus and a key building of the 19th century
This, the 10th Cathedrals and Churches tour designed and led by Mike Hope, takes us to the West Midlands to a wonderful array of ecclesiastical and architectural gems with work by Wren, Pugin and Spence on view, with more than a millennium of history to delve into, in the company of the inimitable Mike Hope. Based in the heart of the little known, but delightful, cathedral city of Lichfield, highlights include Coventry Cathedral, a1962 modern masterpiece to replace the bombed out old cathedral, ancient Shrewsbury Abbey, Warwick’s Beauchamp Chapel and Lichfield’s own cathedral, dating back 1300 years.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the George Hotel, Lichfield from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Mike Hope –‘ Pugin, the Gothic Revival and the West Midlands.’
Day 2: St Mary’s Ingestre, Cheadle St Giles, Tutbury Priory, Church of the Holy Angels Hoar Cross and Lichfield Cathedral.
A packed day of visits, starting with St Mary’s Ingestre, built by Walter Chetwynd to a design attributed to Sir Christopher Wren. Then to St Giles Catholic Church in Cheadle, considered to be the finest of all the churches built by the celebrated nineteenth century architect and designer A W N Pugin. Next, we visit St Mary’s Priory Church at Tutbury, completed in 1160, and our last visit of the morning to Catholic Anglican Church of the Holy Angels at Hoar Cross. After free time for lunch (not included) we visit the lovely cathedral in Lichfield, a minute’s walk from our hotel, the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK with over 1300 years of history. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Warwick St Marys, Coventry Cathedral & Holy Trinity Church and StJohn's Church Berkswell
A day of century-hopping starts with the ancient church of St Mary’s in Warwick, dating from 1123 and including the glorious Beauchamp Chapel, built in the 15th century to house the tomb of the supremely rich and powerful Earl of Warwick. Its Chancel, Vestry and Chapter House are supreme 14th century examples of English Gothic. We leap centuries ahead, next, to Sir Basil Spence’s Coventry Cathedral, built in 1962 adjacent to the ruins of the bombed old cathedral. Its unconventional spire, called a “fleche” was lowered on to the flat roof by helicopter! Then to Coventry’s Holy Trinity Church dating back to the 14th century. Our final visit of the day is to St John’s Church in Berkswell, a Norman parish church containing one of the finest crypts in the country dating back to 1150. The unique octagonal crypt contains a Caen stone font which was given to the church by the Reverend Thomas Cattell who was the Rector from 1791 until 1826. Second talk from Mike Hope – ‘A history of Stained Glass’ and dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 4: Birmingham St Philip’s Anglican Cathedral, Shrewsbury Abbey and Cathedral and Tong St Bartholomew’s Church.
First of all to England’s second city, Birmingham, and St Philip’s Anglican Cathedral, a rare and fine example of English Baroque dating to 1715. Then an external view of Pugin’s St Chad’s, before heading to Shrewsbury for its Roman Catholic Cathedral and ancient Abbey dating back to 1083 when it was founded as a Benedictine monastery. Finally to Tong St Bartholomew, dedicated in 1410, and considered to be one of the finest examples of a church built in perpendicular style in the country. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Best Western George Hotel, Lichfield
A Georgian coaching inn, located in the heart of the lovely town of Lichfield. Facilities here include a bar and restaurant, as well as comfortable bedrooms with all modern facilities.
Best Western George Hotel Website
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer, has spent more than twenty-fivwe years at four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions, and advised on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter. He specialises in Art and Design History, Stained Glass; Churches and Cathedrals; the English Country House and Garden
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
AS always, Mike Hope was an extremely informative guide and imparted information with deep knowledge and humour. I would, and have, recommended his trips to those interested in a thorough immersion in the subject of the trip.
Review by Owen who travelled 03-October-2021
The range of buildings visited was quite stunning, with plenty of wow moments. As a Burne-Jones fan I was transfixed by the windows in Birmingham Cathedral. Not to be missed! And plenty of fascinating information from Mike, as always.
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