The Gunpowder Plot: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

2 nights starting from
£359

  • Kirby Hall and Rushton Triangular Lodge

  • Church of Ashby St Ledger’s

  • Light lunch at Harrowden Hall and afternoon tea at Rushton Hall

Join two medieval historians to find out the truth about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, visiting key sites in the story as you go. Known to everyone and celebrated annually, Guy Fawkes has gone down in legend over centuries. The truth is a complicated tale explored on this fascinating tour in the company of two erudite and knowledgeable historians, Mike Ingram and Michael Hodgetts.

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02 - November - 2019 £ 359.00 Travel Info Book Now

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27 - June - 2020 £ 399.00 Travel Info Book Now

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31 - October - 2020 £ 399.00 Travel Info Book Now

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ITINERARY


Day 1: 
Arrive independently at the Northampton Marriott from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Mike Ingram – ‘The truth about Guy Fawkes'.

Day 2: Kirby Hall, Harrowden Hall and Ashby St Ledgers.
Morning visit to Kirby Hall, one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th century houses with rooms redecorated to authentic 17th century specifications. We then head to Harrowden Hall, another key site in the plot (now the clubhouse of Wellingborough Golf Club) to see the house and enjoy a light lunch. Our last visit of the day is to the village of Ashby St Ledgers to see the outside of the manor house which was a key location for the plotters, and the interesting church. This evening enjoy a talk from Michael Hodgetts – 'Priest Holes'.

Day 3: Boughton House, Rushton Triangular Lodge and Rushton Hall. 
Our first visit is to Boughton House, sometimes referred to as the “English Versailles” and home to the Montague family. After a cold buffet lunch (included) at Boughton we then head to Rushton Triangular Lodge, designed by Sir Thomas Tresham, father of one of the plotters and a testament to his Catholicism and finally to nearby Rushton Hall, another key location in the story, now a luxury hotel, for a farewell afternoon tea. 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 47 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Northampton Marriott, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • Light lunch at Harrowden Hall
  • Cold buffet lunch at Boughton House 
  • Afternoon Tea at Rushton Hall
  • All guided tours, visits and entrance fees
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single 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

HOTELS

Northampton Marriott
Located close to J15 off the M1, the modern, four-star Northampton Marriott Hotel offers a bar, restaurant, indoor pool, gym and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Northampton Marriott 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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Excellent as always

Review by McCoy who travelled 29-June-2019


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Our first TE tour not conducted by the excellent Mike Stone was right up to standard. The talks were interesting (although Mike needs to try not to read text on the screen) the places visited were fascinating, the lunch and tea buffet style meals were just right, the hotel was superb and the management of the travelling and visiting was very well done.

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The trip did what it said on the tin. This is my second Travel editions tour and I will consider going again if a subject turns up that I am interested in.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 29-June-2019


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My first trip with Travel Editions and the first time I have experienced an organised holiday/tour. I usually make my own travel arrangements independently but I was very impressed with the organisation and efficiency of the tour. I shall certainly book another tour with Travel Editions.

Review by Harvey who travelled 29-June-2019


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Wonderful three days every thing excellent except the speakers on the two evening would have been better if they had used a microphone . It was a little difficult hearing them.. Perhaps something to think about ion future tours.

Review by anonymous who travelled 29-June-2019


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Excellent accommodation food and service at the Northampton Hotel Excellent lecturer and a very good Tour Manager Very good and interesting Itinerary except for the following: First day: 2 hours was too long for only a lunch stop at Harrowden Hall Hotel Evening lecture on priest hives a little too long and technical Second day: Rushton Hall afternoon tea was fabulous and viewing the priest hole and oratory fascinating but it would have been good to have some time to walk around the building and explore the gardens Thank you Travel Editions for another wonderful History tour!

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Excellent 2 days, full of interest.

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Great tour. Informative and entertaining. Full marks to Mike and Steve.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 03-November-2018


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The tour manager, Steve, and guide, Mike, were excellent and clearly had a good rapport which made for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I know some people said they had difficulty hearing the speaker on priest holes but my daughter and I had no such problem even though we were sitting at the back of the room. In fact we had commented to each other on how clear he was and with excellent diction. His talk was fascinating. The visit to Ashby St Ledger was a bit too long as beyond the visit to the church and a walk around the village there was nothing else to see. We both thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would like to pass on our thanks to all involved. This includes the staff in the hotel who couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. It is unusual in a hotel chain to have staff who always greet you with a smile, even those scurrying around with vacuum cleaners and piles of sheets would greet you and smile as they went past. Rachel and I feel that the management of the hotel should be made aware, if they are not already, of the quality of their staff.

Review by Miller who travelled 03-November-2018


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This was a very enjoyable trip. My wife was sceptical in advance of whether it was value for money, but when she had seen how many things went on, she said it was good value. The lecturer Mike Ingram was very informative, knows his stuff very well and is extremely approachable and enthusiastic. We also had the privilege of having a lecture by Mike Hodgetts - top authority in his field.

Review by Chamberlain who travelled 03-November-2018


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It was a great tour! We enjoyed it.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 03-November-2018


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All very enjoyable.Mike as usual very thorough and detailed.Works very hard for us.Interesting talks.This was a good party. didn’t hear any grumbling for which I am grateful!!! Would love to stay at Rushton Hall but can’t get a mortgage!!!! Keep in touch.Robin Hood sounds interesting.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 03-November-2018


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Interesting trip. Plenty of information provided. Think too long was spent at Ashby St Ledgers on the first day, which has a very interesting church but nothing else to visit; unfortunately you can't get into the "Plotters gatehouse" (Not Travel Editions fault). Good hotel.

Review by Whittaker who travelled 03-November-2018


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We could have had less time at Kirby Hall, but the weather played a part here, and more time at Boughton Hall. The tea at Rushton Hall was superb. Overall the trip was most enjoyable.

Review by Russell who travelled 28-July-2018


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The time allowed for the visit to Kirby Hall was too long. Not your fault that it was raining but some flexibility in the arrangements - morning coffee? - would have been appreciated. Overall, the trip was excellent value for money.

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1st night lecture from Mike too detailed after supper and our long journey. Please could he just speak naturally and not read words from the screen, but he is super, such a depth of knowledge and a great host. Hotel very good. Nearly everyone was a "senior", please could we have an itinerary at the start of the day. !st day after 1.30 we visited Ashby Church, no drinks and no loos til back at hotel at 4.30/5 p m. Forward planning helps us! It was my 1st time on my own on a trip with Travel Editions, my single room was very good, the tours were very well thought out and I learned a lot about the Gunpowder Plot. The visits were all superb, especially the Rushton Triangular Lodge and the guided tour of Boughton House. All in all a very enjoyable and informative weekend.

Review by Reader who travelled 28-July-2018


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I know this is a new tour, but it needs reorganising. There was too much time hanging about at some venues and not enough at others, also,one visit was missed out as the coach could not get near enough. ( Should this have been researched first?) The houses and churches we saw were all interesting and we especially enjoyed afternoon tea at Rushton Hall Hotel! We did not feel either the lecturer or tour manager were up to your usual standard and returned home rather disappointed.

Review by Connor who travelled 28-July-2018


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A most enjoyable and informative few days. Mike was a fount of knowledge, feeding us snippets of the next stage in the plot as a taster to the places we were to visit. The lunch and tea on the last day were sumptuous .

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