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St Fagans National Museum of History – Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019
Specialist guided tour of Cardiff Castle
Dyffryn House and its exceptional gardens
The Davies Sisters’ collection at the National Museum of Wales
Llandaff Cathedral and its impressive stained-glass windows
A new tour that offers a special visit to the 2019 Art Fund Museum of the Year, St Fagans National Museum of History, which brings together a collection of historic buildings from all over Wales to one place to tell the fascinating and varied history of this beautiful country. This combines with some of the area’s other superb museums and buildings, such as the spectacular Gothic Revival Cardiff Castle and fairytale neo-Gothic Castell Coch, the National Museum of Wales and more. This tour brings these fascinating gems of the Cardiff region together with expert, Matthew Williams ex-curator of Cardiff Castle and Dr Scott Anderson, who will help you delve deeper into this fascinating artistic and historic heritage.
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Matthew Williams, ex-curator of Cardiff Castle – ‘Cardiff Castle – building a Victorian Camelot’.
Day 2: Castell Coch and Cardiff Castle.
This morning we visit Castell Coch. Built in the 19th century Gothic Revival style, it perfectly complements the work done at Cardiff Castle with an impressive medieval exterior and sumptuous Neo Gothic interior. After lunch (not included) we visit we visit Cardiff Castle, a medieval castle keep and Victorian Gothic revival mansion in the heart of the city. The 3rd Marquess of Bute hired William Burges in 1868 to remodel the castle in the medieval Gothic Revival style. Thanks to the Marquess’ huge financial resources he was able to do this on a magnificent scale. This evening there will be a lecture by Dr Scott Anderson – ‘The Davies Sisters: Modern Art comes to Wales’ and dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: National Museum of Wales and Llandaff Cathedral
We spend this morning at the National Museum of Wales, where Dr Scott Anderson will guide us through the Davis Sisters Collection, as well as allowing plenty of time for personal exploration of the msueum’s excellent collections. Gwendoline and Margaret Davies amassed a fantastic art collection and became the most influential collectors of Impressionist and 20th century art in Wales. They bequeathed the 260 works of their private collection, including modern artists Josef Herman, Oskar Kokoschka and Stanley Spencer, to the museum in 1951 and 1963. This afternoon we’ll visit Llandaff Cathedral, restored by John Prichard in the mid-1800s, where we’ll find a triptych by Dante Gabriel-Rossetto and stained-glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 St Fagan’s National Museum of History and Dyffryn House.
Our first visit of the day is to the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, St Fagan's, which brings together historic buildings from all over Wales which tell the story of the lives of everyday Welsh people over history. Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director and chair of the judges, said: ‘St Fagans lives, breathes and embodies the culture and identity of Wales.” A welcome talk from one of the museum’s excellent curators will set the scene for you to see for yourselves what the fuss is about. This afternoon we head to the nearby grand Victorian mansion, Dyffryn House and Gardens, which was constructed by John Cory in 1893, with its exceptional Edwardian garden. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
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.
Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre
Located centrally in the Welsh capital, the Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre is situated next to the Millennium Stadium, and a convenient 10 minute walk from Cardiff train station. Bedrooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Car parking is available at the hotel costing £10 per night, payable directly to the hotel.
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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