James Watt The Father Of The Industrial Revolution

2 nights starting from
£385

  • Talk from Industrial Revolution expert, Dr Malcolm Dick

  • “Lunar Society” guided walk of Birmingham

  • Soho House, home of Matthew Boulton

  • Aston Hall, home of James Watt Jr

James Watt, who died in 1819, was a  scientist, inventor and engineer, who was crucial to both the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment. He was part of the Lunar Society in Birmingham, where he worked with inventors and industrialists including Matthew Boulton, Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood. This fascinating and critical phase of history is explored on this superb  tour in the company of Dr Scott Anderson and Dr Malcolm Dick from the University of Birmingham.

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Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Marriott Birmingham, from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and a talk by Dr Malcolm Dick - ‘James Watt: the Enlightenment, invention and Birmingham.’

Day 2: Birmingham – Lunar Society walk
A full day exploring the history of the influential Lunar Society that includes the statues of Watt and Priestley in Chamberlain Square, Centenary Square, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to see its exhibition ‘Birmingham: its people, its history, ’ which looks at the city through  an 18th century visitor’s eyes, the Birmingham Library where Malcolm Dick will show you some special material relating to James Watt. The walk continues with Brindley Place, St Paul’s Church and the award-winning Thinktank Museum of science. Second talk this evening from Dr Scott Anderson - The Industrial Revolution – A Story of Context and Evolution’ and dinner at the hotel. 

Day 3: Soho House, Aston Hall and St Mary’s Hansdworth.
First  is a private visit is to Soho House with lunch included. This elegant home of industrial pioneer Matthew Boulton, who lived in Soho House from 1766 to 1809. He moved to Soho House so he could be near his business. Originally a small farmhouse, over the next 50 years he had many alterations and improvements done to make it an elegant and fashionable country home.  Then to 17th century Aston Hall, a magnificent Jacobean mansion, home to Watts’ son, James Watt Jr, a key figure in the development of Watt Sr’s ideas. Finally, to St Mary’s Parish Church in Handsworth, the final resting place of Watt, Boulton and Murdock and a fitting end to this fascinating tour. Return to the hotel for aprroximately 17.15.

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 48 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Marriott Birmingham, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception and private three-course dinner with wine at the hotel
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, admissions, guided tours
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout


NOT INCLUDED

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

HOTEL

Marriott Birmingham

Four-star hotel centrally located in the heart of Birmingham, set behind a traditional facade.  Facilities include a spa with indoor pool and gym, bar, restaurant and very comfortable rooms with all modern amenities including free wifi.

Parking: £13 per day onsite

Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

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. 

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A very enjoyable weekend, with interesting places to visit and everything well explained by our very knowledgeable tour manager and expert guide. More Industrial Revolution-themed tours please ! Only one quibble - would have preferred to have dinner before and not after the evening lectures as with the Travel Editions trip I did earlier this year. Anon

Review by Ellison who travelled 27-September-2019


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Please pass our thanks to Malcolm Dick whose depth of knowledge of the history of Birmingham and the very interesting exhibition in the Library to which he made a substantial contribution added considerably to the enjoyment of the tour. Our Tour Manager had a great sense of humour which was also a great asset.

Review by Bennett who travelled 27-September-2019


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An excellent tour that was very well run by the manager and the tour guide whose local knowledge is second to none. The only very minor suggestion I have is that the evening talks, after a full day, should last no longer than about 45 minutes.

Review by Daugherty who travelled 27-September-2019


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As expected Scott Anderson ran an excellent, well organised tour and the guest guide, Malcom Dick, was excellent

Review by Hollamby who travelled 27-September-2019


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I thought that this tour might have been a bit dry and dusty. I couldn't have been more wrong. Dr Malcolm Dick was so interesting and so very patient with my questions. One of the evening meals was very poor. However those of us who stayed an extra night had a good meal on that third night. The hotel staff were very helpful and efficient. The coach driver was not familiar with Birmingham and that shortened our visit to Aston Hall. If there were further tours in Birmingham led by Malcolm Dick I would be very interested.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-July-2019


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I would have liked a map to drive to the hotel. It wasn't easy to find. My hotel room was fine, but other parts of the hotel were poor - there was a fuss about choosing the dishes from the dinner menus, the white wine was warm, the food was disappointing generally and very poor on the Saturday evening, I asked for the FT for Sunday morning but the Sunday Times was delivered. I believe staff were not trained properly. I did not like paying the hotel a car parking charge of £13 per day.

Review by Johnston who travelled 26-July-2019


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The accommodation and breakfast were perfectly satisfactory but the evening meals the poorest of those in any hotel in which we have recently stayed. I ate mine with no pleasure and my wife returned most of hers.

Review by Joiner who travelled 26-July-2019

Travel Editions feedback:

We are very sorry for the standard of the evening meals and have taken this up with the hotel We were pleased to learn you enjoyed the rest of the short break.


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