Cathedrals and Churches on the South Coast

3 nights starting from

  • St Philip’s Church, Cosham, Mike Hope’s home church

  • Romsey Abbey – dating back to the 10th century

  • Watts Cemetery Memorial Church – an Art Nouveau masterpiece

  • Chichester Cathedral – with its Chagall windows

  • Imperial Mausoleum of Emperor Napoleon III

Mike Hope’s 9th of an anticipated 15 tours to see all the major churches in England takes us to the South coast to see a wonderful variety of ecclesiastical styles – from Norman to Art Nouveau and including his home town of Cosham, where he was baptised, served as an altarboy, sang as an choirboy and was married – this tour is personal!

Available Departures


09 - October - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Marriott Portsmouth from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Mike Hope – ‘Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Gothic. The continuing development and use of the Gothic form.’ 

Day 2: Chichester Cathedral, Boxgrove Priory, Arundel Cathedral & St Nicholas Church.
Two lovely towns on the agenda today, starting with Chichester and its Cathedral, renowned for its Chagall stained glass windows and being the only church in England with a detached bell tower. A short dive takes us to the ruins of Boxgrove Priory and adjacent Priory church, dating from the 12th century, before moving on to the attractive town of Arundel to see its Victorian Roman Catholic Cathedral and 14th century Church of St Nicholas. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: Compton Church, Guildford Cathedral, Farnborough Abbey, Napoleon III Mausoleum and Waverley Abbey.
Our day starts at the Watts Cemetery Chapel, part of the estate of Victorian painter GF Watts and his wife and an Arts & Crafts masterpiece.  'It is no exaggeration to say the Watts Cemetery Chapel is one of the most beautiful, extraordinary, original, marvellous and magical buildings in the whole of the British Isles!'extolled Lucinda Lambton. Then to the mid-century Cathedral in Guildford, the Benedcitine(active) monastery of St Michael’s at Farnborough and nearby Imperial Mausoleum of Emperor Napoleon III, built in the 19th century French “flamboyant” style. Finally, a packed day concludes with a short visit to the ruins of Waverley Abbey. A second talk from Mike this evening – ‘The church as a commissioner of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries’ – followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4: Romsey Abbey, St Philip’s at Cosham and Portsmouth’s two cathedrals.
We start at Romsey Abbey, dating back to the 12th century, renowned for its  rare rood and the tomb of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Mike is then on very familiar territory as we visit his home church of St Philip’s, where his family are still largely involved and where he served as an altarboy and choirboy.  Then to Portsmouth to see its Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist and Portsmouth Cathedral, also an integral part of Mike’s childhood and known as “The Cathedral of the Sea.” Return to the hotel at approximately 1600.

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.


  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Marriot Hotel, Portsmouth, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second and third dinners at the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities


Marriott Portsmouth 

The four-star Marriott Portsmouth is located near to Port Solent Marina and a short drive away from the historic dockyards and Spinnaker Tower. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and lounge, fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and comfortable bedrooms with private en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, minibar, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel. 

Marriott Portsmouth Hotel Website

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