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The Gunpowder Plot: The Truth about Guy Fawkes Short Break

2 nights starting from

  • Kirby Hall and Rushton Triangular Lodge

  • Churches at Ashby St Ledger’s and Newton

  • 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 new tour in the company of two erudite and knowledgeable historians, Mike Ingram and Michael Hodgetts.

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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, Newton Church, 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. Afternoon visits to Newton Church, site of the last peasants’ revolt in England and 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, Harrowden Hall, 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. 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. Then 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.


  • 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
  • Afternoon Tea at Rushton Hall
  • All guided tours, visits and entrance fees
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout


  • 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


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


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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