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Twentieth Century Art in Yorkshire

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£349

  • The Hepworth Wakefield – 2017 Museum of the Year

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park – 2014 Museum of the Year

  • Newly re-opened Leeds City Art Gallery

  • Hockney at Salts Mill and Cartwright Hall

Three of Britain’s best known contemporary artists were born and raised in Yorkshire – sculptor and artist Henry Moore in Castleford, sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth in Wakefield and pop artist David Hockney in Bradford. Today the county is home to some of the most important collections of their works in a series of excellent art galleries in Leeds, where Moore and Hepworth studied, Wakefield and Bradford. Join host and guide, former curator, Gerald Deslandes to discover more.

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ITINERARY


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Hilton Leeds City from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an illustrated talk by Gerald Deslandes – ‘Twentieth Century Art in Yorkshire’.

Day 2: Salts Mill, Cartwright Hall, Leeds City Art Gallery & Henry Moore Institute.
This morning we will visit Saltaire, a model village built by Victorian textile manufacturer Titus Salt for his employees, with its permanent collection of Hockney paintings, prints and photographs from 1960s to the present day. Then to the new Hockney gallery at Cartwright Hall in Bradford and finally to the restored Leeds Art Gallery with its great collection of modern British artists and home to the Henry Moore Institute, a world-recognised centre for the study of sculpture. This evening there will be a lecture by Gerald Deslandes plus dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Wakefield.
Today begins with a wander around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Museum of the Year in 2014) which holds 60 spectacular outdoor pieces, including works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy as well as indoor changing exhibitions. Our next visit is to the Hepworth Wakefield, which, on its opening in 2011, was awarded the British Design Award and is the current Art Fund Museum of the Year. The gallery is home to more than 50 works by Barbara Hepworth from her earliest carvings to the ambitious pieces of public art that she created after the war. 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.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Hilton Leeds City Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Tour manager and coach transfers throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • 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 

HOTELS

Hilton Leeds City Hotel
The four-star Hilton Leeds City Hotel is located in the vibrant heart of the city. The hotel is modern and contemporary, following an extensive refurbishment at the end of 2012. The hotel has a fitness room, sauna, steam room and indoor heated swimming pool. Guest rooms are bright and airy and all have TV, hairdryer and telephone. Car parking is available at the hotel costing £15 per night, payable directly to the hotel. 

Hilton Leeds City Hotel Website

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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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We loved every minute of the trip. We are planning our next trip and will be in touch. Many thanks for everything.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-September-2018


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We very much enjoyed the tour and found both guides very knowledgable. The programme was very full of interest and we saw a lot. We were however disappointed with the Hilton Hotel in Leeds. The vegetarian options were very poor and unimaginative. The menu on the first night consisted of a salad of shredded lettuce, croutons and a tiny amount of grated cheese followed by cheese filled pasta in cheese sauce. We also had problems with the ensuite.Tthe extractor fam was not working and the door squeeked horrendously when opened. We informed reception who assured us that they would attend to it, however nothing was done.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-September-2018


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Convenience of railway station to hotel excellent Overall an excellent inspiring experience with a very thoughtful, professional and knowledgeable tutor

Review by McQuay who travelled 28-September-2018


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Dinner in hotel was OK first night, really poor second. Surprised such food still served. All places visited were excellent. Special mention to Madeleine for her enthusiasm, knowledge and good humour.

Review by Cunningham who travelled 28-September-2018


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A very enjoyable weekend the tour manager was very knowledgeable and the site seeing tours were all very interesting. The hotel was in a very convenient location but the evening meals were disappointing.. Overall a very enjoyable weekend and I look forward to joining another tour in the future

Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-September-2018


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-September-2018


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hotel fine except for saturday evening meal( included) a disappointment after excellent service on Friday.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-September-2018


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Gerald was beyond superb, his knowledge and descriptions were excellent. However, being slightly hard of hearing it would have been a good idea for him to have a microphone in the hotel meeting room as he has a soft voice under any circumstances!! Madelaine was equally good, very knowledgeable, and a delightful person. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and am looking at the brochures for Christmas and the New Year!!

Review by Wilson who travelled 28-September-2018


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Both tour managers, Gerald and Madeleine, were excellent in terms of the breadth of their knowledge and how it was conveyed, and also in terms of the tour organisation e.g. keeping us informed about where to meet when, loos etc. I have already recommended this tour to friends. My only comment or slight complaint is that the tour details said the tour would probably finish between 5:45 and 6:30. In fact, we were back in Leeds at 5 pm. I had booked a 7:45 train (to be on the safe side) back to London and had to wait around for 2 hours.

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Lovely time - if only it hadnt decided to rain whilst we were going round the sculpture park! Hotel staff all lovely. So many of them, didnt see the same one twice. We had a small army of people looking after us at the first reception/dinner and we had coffee. Second dinner one lady with some help and no coffee. Im busy looking through the brochure for another trip - just can`t make up my mind!

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It was a very concentrated tour The talks in the evening were excellent but not really enough time to relax before they began. Perhaps each day could have ended at 5.0 or even 4.30 Given that the group was mostly over 60 a little more time to relax would have been welcome. The tour guide was very caring and considerate for the well being of everyone in the group which was a delight to see . We

Review by Coon who travelled 27-July-2018


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Really enjoyable tour. Excellent tour guides, very well informed. Good company and good food.

Review by Houghton who travelled 27-July-2018


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This is our first Travel Editions - we were extremely impressed with our two leaders - they were clear and precise in their instructions at every venue and were very knowledgeable and a joy to be with. Learning was totally enjoyable. It was the best tour we have been on for all its organisation and knowledge. The coach facilities were equally good.

Review by Fisher who travelled 18-May-2018


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Very enjoyable and informative weekend with friendly group of people.

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Gerald and Madeline were superb. They were friendly, knowledgeable and very patient. We learned a lot and did not feel rushed or patronised. Leeds was a revelation. The city was far more dynamic than we had expected, with world-class art galleries and the surrounding c ountryside was breathtaking.

Review by Goddard who travelled 18-May-2018


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Bed very uncomfortable - mattress desperately needed replacement. Matter raised with hotel who put duvet over mattress which didn't really solve problem. Food OK but chicken was served for set meal on first night and was the only meat option on the second night.

Review by Nash who travelled 18-May-2018


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I thoroughly enjoyed the short holiday Exploring C20 art in Yorkshire. It completely lived up to my expectations and the organisation was second to none. The 2 tour managers were extremely knowledgable and greatly enhanced the experience, mind you I was extremely tired when I got home.

Review by Brewster who travelled 18-November-2018


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Knowledgeable and insightful talks on 20th century art by Gerald Deslandes

Review by Fare who travelled 18-November-2018


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Visit to the National Media Museum was not really relevant to Yorkshire Art. We wouild have preferred more of David Hockney.

Review by Graham who travelled 18-November-2018


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It was a great tour, Gerald Deslandes an excellent ArtGuide and looked after us all really well.

Review by johnson who travelled 18-November-2018


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This tour far surpassed my expectations. Both tour managers were patient and efficient in dealing with a completely full tour: Gerald Deslandes, in particular, was a font of information and opinions (which I'm glad he shared). Very much wish we had had a full day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Review by Palmer who travelled 13-October-2017


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A superb tour manager. He was very caring, professional, listened to people and knowledgeable.

Review by Ms G McQuay who travelled 14-October-2016


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Most enjoyable especially as Gerald rearranged things so we went round the Sculpture park in the sunshine. That, and the Hepworth and Salt Mill were my interests.Would have liked more of Saltaire .

Review by Miss Dilys Ward who travelled 14-October-2016


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An excellent tour; enjoyed all the visits and Gerald's excellent talks. There was no Tour Manager which we not explained.did a lot in the time available.

Review by Ms Sonia Richardson who travelled 14-October-2016


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Admin few office hitches

Review by Mr J Robertson who travelled 14-October-2016


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The only problem was the Saturday night meal. The meal was adequate but the waitress did not offer a wine list, we were requested to buy our own drinks at the bar. A very ordinary bottle of red wine cost £30, my husband had to queue, buy the bottle and carry the wine glasses to the table. This was in a high class hotel and was not satisfactory. Otherwise it was an excellent tour, which we much enjoyed.

Review by Mrs Angela Wilson who travelled 14-October-2016


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I enjoyed the weekend, first time I'd travelled with your company. Rather early starts for me and I didn't enjoy the Museum of Media or the Henry Moore Institute. I would have preferred to concentrate on Hockney, Moore and Hepworth and have slightly shorter days.

Review by Mrs Andrea Haddad who travelled 14-October-2016


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Gerard Deslandes was very interesting and made the tour come alive for me. I will look out another of his tours for the future, maybe Sicily.....

Review by Mrs Angela Diamond who travelled 14-October-2016


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Well organised tours with enough free time. Central hotel so city centre was within walking range

Review by Mrs J Hogan who travelled 14-October-2016


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I enjoyed the content of the tour. The hotel was rather too close to Leeds station. Room good standard but breakfast let down by dirty cutlery and plate (reported to management).

Review by Ms Ann Douthwaite who travelled 30-September-2016


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I enjoyed it and I imagine Temple Newsom was included because Leeds Art Gallery was closed. I think it was stretching it a bit to include it in a visit to 20th. century Yorkshire Art. Gerald was excellent.

Review by Ms Susan Ryall who travelled 30-September-2016


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a mixed bag that didnt live up to description of 20th century art, eg media museum and temple newsum could easily have been deleted; and henry moore institute exhibition at end of long weekend was too much. We appreciate that some of this was due to closure of leeds art gallery, but longer at sculpture park or free time in leeds would have been better for us. And more time at saltaire would have been better than trip to media museum

Review by Mr Stephen Fisher who travelled 30-September-2016

Travel Editions feedback:

Thank you for your comments and yes Leeds Art gallery is closed currently for essential repairs to its Victorian roof. The itinerary has been changed for 2017 and can be viewed on our website.


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A number of problems with very noisy neighbours at night in the Hilton Hotel, unfortunately, as coincided with Leeds Pop Festival. Trip very enjoyable, particularly, Sculpture Park. Would have liked longer at Saltaire to explore its' history.

Review by Ms Avril Bruton who travelled 26-August-2016


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Review by Mrs Finch who travelled 26-August-2016


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Made own travel arrangements so marked "poor" just to complete form. Everything about this tour was excellent not only leaders, tour content but also weather and scenery. Thank you.

Review by Mrs Sharon Ickringill who travelled 26-August-2016


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Should have spent a bit longer at our destinations

Review by Mrs Karol Bernstein who travelled 26-August-2016


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A big Thank you to Gerald and Karen for a wonderful trip around the art of Yorkshire! It was my first time with Travel Editions, but it will not be the last! I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the trip, which was very well organised. Gerald was an extremely interesting guide and Karen was a caring Tour Manager. Well done and thank you once again!

Review by Mrs Yvonne Richards who travelled 26-August-2016


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Our expert guide, Gerald Deslandes, was excellent. His lectures were well researched and very interesting and his information and guidance on site most impressive. Our tour manager, Karen Blackwell, was charming, friendly and efficient and the tour was very enjoyable and well organised. I am looking forward to my next holiday with you.

Review by Mrs Valerie Bowser who travelled 26-August-2016


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An excellent visit to Yorkshire art. First class lecturer and tour guide with very good service from our tour manager. Few criticisms but perhaps too much was packed into the week-end - the final trip to the Henry Moore Institute could have been omitted and more time spent elsewhere. Hotel rooms were fine, breakfasts OK but dinners could have been of a higher standard. My partner has a disability and the provision of support was first class. The free use of a motorised scooter at Yorks Sculpture Park made all the difference and enabled her to see so much more.

Review by Mr Richard Buswell who travelled 26-August-2016


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The lecturer/guide was excellent and very well informed not only on 20th Century Art but on a wide range of topics. We found the venues inspiring although there were too many over the two days and it would have been better to concentrate on Hockney, Moore and Hepworth. The tour leader was very good and all was well organised. The hotel was 'ordinary' but we appreciate that it was near the main rail station. We flew to Leeds Bradford Airport which was very easy - directions however less than easy and we ended up at the Hilton Doubletree. A very enjoyable weekend.

Review by Mrs Ursula Starkie who travelled 26-August-2016


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Overall an excellent and well-planned trip. ~Accompanying lecturer, Gabriel, had an unfortunate speech impediment which was distracting, especially as he was so determined to impart his very considerable knowledge at great length. Overall, though, a very good weekend. Bus and driver excellent. Very friendly and helpful hotel staff. Good itinerary.

Review by Ms Avery Nelson who travelled 02-October-2015


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Slight cock-up re: Leeds Art Gallery - this could have been avoided if people had done their homework.

Review by Mrs Clare Platts who travelled 02-October-2015


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more time @ prime sites,Saltaire, YSP, Hepworth Museum. Scrap Media Centre-Poor and a waste of valuable travelling time. Great shame re. closure of Leeds Art Gallery on our date. Final day seemed rushed-weather was fantastic so more time @ YSP would have been amazing. maybe better use of time but overall Gerard and Gabriel's input were invaluable. Would certainly look for Gerard in another tour.

Review by Mrs Ann Start who travelled 02-October-2015


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The dinners at the hotel were just satisfactory The breakfasts were very good.

Review by Miss Jean Jones who travelled 02-October-2015


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After our disappointment at the accommodation on the PR Oxford tour we were very impressed with the Crowne Plaza Leeds and the tour was excellent, expertly managed and explained by Gerald and Gabriel. We were also very lucky with the weather at the YSP.

Review by Mr Christopher Garner who travelled 02-October-2015


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Gerald Deslandes was an outstanding guide and very good with people. All the visits were excellent. Gabriel, although knowledgeable, was not so easy to listen to and once I found myself wandering off away from the party to look at some art on my own. I learned a lot on the various visits and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park visit was inspirational.

Review by Burrows who travelled 28-August-2015


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Could have skipped Bradford completely and spent more time at Saltair. Didn't have the opportunity to explore the town, shops, church etc...and the Media Museum really didn't add anything to the trip. Two sites in one day are enough!! Lectures and guides were excellent, but difficult to hear lecturer. It would definitely have helped to have the sound amplified, considering the age of the audience. Really excellent sites to see....Would have been happy to have a whole day at the Sculpture Park, as well...so could envision a three day visit to cover Moore, Hepworth, and Hockney. Guides were excellent, but had to cover so much in so little time.

Review by Ms Susan Zagor who travelled 28-August-2015


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We felt that the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Leeds had a number of faults. The bedrooms were unbearably hot and the only way to cool them was to switch the air-conditioning before going out and leave it on. The room would sometimes heat up again during the night and need the air-conditioning again, the noise of which kept us awake. At the evening meal there was no way we could order drinks and had to go up to the bar on the floor above and carry them down. The shower in the bathroom was so tethered that it only showered the taps underneath, making the job of getting any water on oneself very difficult. Prices of drinks were astronomical and we felt there was no justification for quite such high ones.

Review by Dr John Lester who travelled 28-August-2015


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Enthusiastic ,knowledgeable guides. Very attentive to varying needs . Lovely hotel and staff . Even good weather . Exhausting for oldies but worth it . Hope I,ll be able to manage next year .

Review by Mrs R Wilson who travelled 28-August-2015


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THANKS A GREAT TIME,TOUR MANAGER WAS VERY GOOD. MARJOLEIN AND ROGER CORNWELL.

Review by Mr Roger Cornwell who travelled 28-August-2015


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Gerald Deslandes is an excellent speaker and was unfailingly courteous and patient with everyone. (There were several people who had difficulty moving around.) Gabriel Williams was also helpful but could probably benefit from some voice training. The hotel was fine although the dinners were disappointing. Altogether an excellent and enjoyable weekend.

Review by Ms Ylva French who travelled 28-August-2015


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Crown Plaza convenient for Motorway and Rail Station, room large and clean, shower poor, food dreadful - boring and vegetables undercooked. Gerald Deslandes first class - clearly expert, amusing, attentive Gabriel Williams very good, interesting material, delivery technique could do with a little polish to be excellent but still very good. As attentive as Gerald. Well chosen itinerary. Make sure you hang on to these two people!

Review by Dr Anthony Pickering who travelled 28-August-2015


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Venues on the Saturday were too rushed. Would have been good to spend more time at Saltaire as there is so much to see. Unnecessary visit to National Media Museum as it seemed to have little or nothing in common with the rest of the tour. Tour manager Gerald was excellent, very helpful and informative.

Review by Ms Vivien Heffernan who travelled 28-August-2015


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Talk on Moore and Hepworth was due to start at 6.30. TM waited until everyone there before starting so didn't begin till 6.45. Still finished at 7.30 so we were short changed. Should have started on time and let latecomers miss some, instead of the keen ones.

Review by Mr Donald Webster who travelled 12-June-2015


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The tour itself was excellent with a very knowledgeable and likeable leader.The hotel was somewhat disappointing in that I was repeatedly woken up by noisy 'neighbours', an early morning call was late and the shower attachment came away in my hand - but overall an extremely good trip.

Review by Mrs Pat Stone who travelled 12-June-2015


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Gerald was an inspirational guide with considerable knowledge. Gabriel was weaker in his delivery although knowledgeable. He needs to be briefer in his responses. Well balanced programme. Wonderful time albeit with Yorkshire rain and mist.

Review by Mrs Sylvia Oram who travelled 12-June-2015


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This was an excellent holiday. It was well planned, well organised and well led. Gerald and Gabriel were very knowledgeable and helped me to understand much more about modern art than I would have thought possible in a weekend.

Review by Mrs Ann Browne who travelled 12-June-2015


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Really enjoyed the tour

Review by Mrs Miranda Seymour-Smith who travelled 12-June-2015


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All was well done and the Crown Plaza Leeds proved an excellent choice

Review by Ms Sheila Dickson who travelled 10-April-2015


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It would have be good for the second evening meal to have had it in the room the talk was in, not in the hotel dining room

Review by Mrs Dee Thompson who travelled 10-April-2015


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Evening lectures too long.

Review by Mrs D Jones who travelled 10-April-2015


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Gerald & Gabriel were very knowledgeable. We learned a great deal about Hockney & sculpture in particular. They also made it fun & were patient & calm with emergencies & the individual needs of group members. We would like to have spent more time walking around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park: the weather & schedule made this difficult. All the venues were fascinating & we would love to return for a more leisurely exploration.

Review by Mrs Catherine Baker who travelled 10-April-2015


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My only reason for giving admin a'good' rather than excellent is that it would have been helpful for my friend to have all the literature regarding the weekend instead of my having to photo a copy for her but apart from that everything was extremely well organised. Thank you for a lovely weekend Connie Brown

Review by Mrs C Brown who travelled 10-April-2015


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Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I did have to complain to the hotel about the heating . I think we all had to put air con on in room. The private dinner was a little disappointing. No choice and we hadn't been informed beforehand of the meal.

Review by Mrs S Jacques who travelled 10-April-2015


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Both Gabriel and Gerald were very knowledgeable and interesting and are what made the tour so enjoyable.

Review by Mrs Helen Evemy who travelled 10-April-2015


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Everything was excellent. .The tour manager couldn't have been better informed or more interesting, or more considerate, thereby setting the tone for a very enjoyable week-end.. The second guide complemented him well in her knowledge, approach and delivery..

Review by Mrs Susan Roebuck who travelled 12-September-2014


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Having previously thought that the Hilton was a good 'brand' , I was very dsiappointed with them. I did fill in their feedback form, but Iam fairly certain it was filed in the bin!

Review by Ms Sarah Dow who travelled 12-September-2014


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A really good tour. Its the first i have dared to take with 'an organised group'. Wont be so scared in future. Please thank our tour leaders, who were both excellent.

Review by Mrs C Simpson who travelled 12-September-2014


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Breakfast was good at the Leeds Hilton but dinners were disappointing. Very informative and helpful guides.

Review by Mrs Liz Webster who travelled 29-August-2014


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Review by Mr David Mayer who travelled 29-August-2014


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All interesting and enjoyable. Lectures marginally long. My wife found it difficult to stand listening to presentations in galleries - suggest you mention taking portable seats for any with problems standing?

Review by Mr A Crouch who travelled 25-April-2014


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The hotel deserves a special mention.Absolutely first-rate.

Review by Miss Elisabeth Bishop who travelled 25-April-2014


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Review by Mr David Riddle who travelled 25-April-2014


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We were well cared for. Gerald and Rebecca were excellent. We will travel with you again.

Review by Mr Brian Dowling who travelled 25-April-2014


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Accommodation Dinners at hotel only fair. Stayed on Sunday evening at hotel and dinner off a la carte menu was excellent! Breakfasts, however, were good. Tours Very good but not enough time at Bradford Museum of TV to do it any justice at all better to miss out completely and spend more time elsewhere

Review by Mrs Gail Saunders who travelled 25-April-2014


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Gerald Deslandes was an excellent speaker and made us all feel very welcome. Also, he was very aware of the need for breaks, seating during talks(if needed) which was much appreciated.

Review by Ms Stella hillier who travelled 25-April-2014


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Our tutor was incredibly well informed, considerate to all members of the party and looked to make sure that all our individual needs were met. Hotel food and rooms were excellent. Only downside were some rather boisterous guests. Overall a brilliant short break and I will be booking another.

Review by Carter who travelled 18-October-2013


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Two tour leaders complemented each other very well. Excellent itinerary. Hotel only OK but good location.

Review by Daugherty who travelled 23-September-2013


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Review by Cooper who travelled 20-September-2013


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