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James Watt The Father Of The Industrial Revolution

2 nights starting from

  • 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 new tour in the company of Dr Scott Anderson and Dr Malcolm Dick from the University of Birmingham.

Available Departures


26 - July - 2019 £ 399.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

27 - September - 2019 £ 399.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings


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, special James Watt exhibition at Birmingham Library, St Paul’s Church and the Thinktank Museum. The Lunar Society Heritage Trail Leaflet provides visitors and local residents with an introduction to the Lunar Society and 18th Century Birmingham by following in its members’ footsteps. The walk and guide highlights the leading role Birmingham played in the creation of the modern world through the scientific discoveries, shared conversations and informal meetings of a remarkable group of friends. 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. 


  • 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


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room 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


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

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