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The Roman Baths in Bath
Iford Manor’s Roman Garden
Corinium Museum in Cirencester, Britain’s 2nd largest Roman town
Explore Britain’s Roman past in the West Country on this superb new tour in the company of Dr Scott Anderson. The Romans’ empire extended to the far north of the country to Hadrian’s Wall but their concentration of activity was much further south – in St Albans (Verulanium), Portchester, South Wales and large parts of the West Country, the most famous relic of which is the superb Roman Baths in Bath itself. This and other Roman and Roman-influenced sights are explored on this tour, which is sure to entertain and educate in equal measure.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and a talk by Dr Scott Anderson, “Bath - A unique architectural and cosmopolitan historical site in Roman Britain.”
Day 2: First of all we head to Iford Manor to view the romantic, Grade 1 listed, Italianate gardens designed by the revered Edwardian architect Harold Peto when Iford Manor was his home from 1899-1933. Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, paths in the Italianate Peto Garden twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture which, combined with ebullient planting schemes, lead you on in anticipation of the next delight. Steeped in history, visitors often say a visit was like stepping into another world. Occupied since Roman times, the secluded Iford valley provides a welcome break from the pressures of modern life. Then we head the short distance to the beautiful city of Bath, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, where time will be allowed for lunch and personal exploration before visiting the beautifully-preserved Roman Baths for a fascinating insight into the Romans’ way of life in England. Return to the hotel for dinner and a second talk from Dr Scott Anderson, “Cirencester - from frontier fort to Roman Provincial Capital.”
Day 3: Cradled in a beautiful Cotswold valley rest the remains of one of the grandest Roman villas in Britain. Rediscovered by the Victorians 150 years ago, Chedworth is coming to the end of an exciting five-year excavations programme. A modern conservation building provides exceptional access to the extensive mosaic floors and bathhouse with a small museum housing some of the excavations’ finds. We then transfer to Cirencester – the capital of the Cotswolds and the second largest Roman town in Britain (after London) – for free time for lunch before visiting the superb Corinium Museum, which houses the many significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium and offers an exceptional interactive experience taking you on a journey through the Cotswolds from its prehistoric landscape to the modern day. Its famous “hare” mosaic was actually excavated by Dr Scott Anderson! Time permitting, we will also visit the massive earthworks remains of the 2nd century Roman amphitheatre, which held an audience of 8,000. Return to the hotel for about 1730.
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 45 passengers.
Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon
Located on the edge of the Cotswolds in the village of Broad Blunsdon near Swindon, the four-star family owned Blunsdon House Hotel offers comfortable, individually decorated and tastefully furnished bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, TV, mini bar, safe and tea & coffee making facilities in the room. Other facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, bar, and a health and lesiure club including gym and swimming pool. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.
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