Victorian Treasures Of Yorkshire

2 nights starting from

  • Lotherton Hall – and its exceptional decorative art

  • Quirky Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum

  • Cannon Hall, Barnsley’s cornucopia of artistic treasures

  • Brodsworth Hall and Gardens – saved from dereliction by English Heritage

  • Guided walk of Leeds’ Victorian architecture

South Yorkshire was an economic powerhouse that has left a legacy of Victorian art and architecture that thrived when the region basked in its wealth built on its industry and mining. Civic pride as well as personal status inspired a host of wonderful buildings and the establishment of institututions that bear testimony to this vibrant period of the county’s history. This wonderful new tour looks at this legacy in the form of country houses, museums, galleries and civic architecture in the company of two experts, Prof.Anne and Dr Scott Anderson.

Available Departures


16 - September - 2022 £ 439.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings


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 Scott Anderson:  ‘Victorian Tiles and Architectural Ceramics.’

Day 2: Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Architecture Walk and Lotherton Hall.
Our series of visits starts with a morning in rejuvenated Leeds, a Victorian powerhouse that is emerging as one of England’s most vibrant cities. We start at Leeds Art Gallery with its great collection of Victorian and modern art as well as being home to the Henry Moore Institute, a world-recognised centre for the study of sculpture. After this visit, Anne and Scott will guide an architectural walk around the Victorian Quarter, full of fine Victorian buildings including magnificent shopping arcades, such as the County Arcade, Leeds Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. After free time for lunch (not included), we head by coach to Lotherton Hall, a fine Victorian country home and chapel which was home to the Gascoigne family from 1825 until it was gifted to the city of Leeds in 1968. It is a charming house, and a visit here gives a taste of the lives of both the English upper classes and their servants. This evening there will be an illustrated talk from Anne: ‘The De Morgans and their Circle’ and dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum, Cannon Hall and Brodsworth Hall and Gardens.
Another packed day as we head to the quirky Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum in Penistone, described in the museum’s literature as “a typical Victorian hotchpotch and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Whichever way you turn there is bound to be something of interest to catch your eye.” The Museum Society was founded in 1884 by the Rev Charles Tiplady Pratt and work started in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The museum was officially opened in 1889 and houses exhibits of domestic bygones, Victoriana, memorabilia, natural history, local history and local industries. From here we head to Cannon Hall Park & Gardens, sold to Barnsley Council in 1951, who turned this grand country house into a public museum, that now houses an important collection of fine and decorative art including ‘A Family of Artists’ exhibition with paintings by Evelyn de Morgan and ceramics by her husband, William. Our final visit of the day is to Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, saved from dereliction by English Heritage in 1988 and restored to its former glory.  Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.

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 40 passengers.


  • 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 night private dinner at the hotel
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Tour manager and coach transfers throughout 


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Hotel Car Parking
  • Double for sole use 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 


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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Your Lecturers:

Prof. Anne Anderson
Prof. Anne Anderson author, broadcaster and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, was a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University for 14 years, specialising in the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Anne's career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world and her TV credits include the BBC's Flog It!. Anne has received a rapturous response from or customers at the many Travel Editions UK lectures and tours as well as a host of tours overseas and her knowledge, wit and enthusiasm bring her beloved subjects to life in whatever location she finds them.

Dr Scott Anderson MA, PhD, FNAVA, ASFAV (Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers)
Scott is a University Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design and is an Honorary Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers. He is a specialist in Victorian and Edwardian art, architecture and antiques and is a consultant expert for the BBC2 'Flog It!' programme. Scott is an Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society and has lectured extensively to various societies, special interest groups and educational groups throughout Britain. He has extensive tour guiding experience in Britain, European locations such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna and New York. 

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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