Speke of Fine Halls & Tudor Timber

This brand new tour features some of the finest houses and gardens in Cheshire and Merseyside. We have a whole day at Tatton Park as well as visits to Speke Hall and Little Moreton Hall. In addition we include a canal cruise and a trip to the fascinating Lion Salt Works salt making site.

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Tatton Hall, Park & Farm
Today we have a full day at Tatton Park with entrance to the mansion, beautifully set amidst landscaped parkland, the gardens and the farm. The mansion houses one of the National Trust’s finest libraries plus richly furnished rooms and during our special Hidden Treasures guided tour we gain access artifacts which are usually hidden from public view, learning about the secrets behind them. Afterwards we are free to explore the mansion at leisure, perhaps get a fascinating glimpse of life ‘below stairs’ in the servants’ quarters and wine cellar. Taking a break for lunch and we can then enjoy a stroll in the lavish gardens with its manicured lawns, arboretum and Japanese garden before setting our sights on Tatton Dale, the corner of the estate where we find the farm. Here we can see how food has been produced since the 18th century, perhaps meet characters who lived and worked here in the 1940s and of course, see some of the rare breeds.

Day 3 Kittywake Canal Cruise & Speke Hall
First stop this morning is famous Wigan Pier. Here we board our Kittywake Boat for a 2 hour canal cruise with afternoon tea, during which we experience the ever changing scenery from a unique perspective, as we pass through areas of Wigan, Leigh and the Douglas Valley, all key to the Industrial Revolution. Our boat is stocked with snacks
and drinks, so we want for nothing. This afternoon we head to Merseyside for a visit to
Speke Hall, one of the finest surviving examples of what is called a ‘wattle and daub’ wooden Tudor building. The garden and estate are known locally as a green oasis and
depending on season, we can see a multitude of colour, manicured lawns and topiary
throughout. The house itself is steeped in 500 years of history and mystery; view the
huge collection of ancient carved oak furniture and original William Morris wallpaper
and keep a look out for the ‘priest hole’ in the Green bedroom. Last entry is 16.30, so we
have plenty of time to make the most of our afternoon.

Day 4 Little Moreton Hall & Lion Salt Works
Today we have another gem as we visit Little Moreton Hall, a wonderful half-timbered
manor house. A simply stunning example of Tudor manor house, its quirky, wonky
aspects certainly impress as the craftsmen intended over 500 years ago, as this iconic
building stands proudly within its moated setting. We can learn about the family behind
the hall and take time to explore at our own pace. After time for lunch, our next visit is to
the Lion Salt Works, sited next to the Trent & Mersey Canal, this was the country’s last
open-pan salt making site. Now lovingly restored, it makes for a fascinating visit during
which, we discover how the works operated and the impact salt production had in this
part of Cheshire. Note: Sensible footwear is recommended for Lion Salt Works.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Mercure Haydock Hotel

St Helens, Mersyside
This 4 star Georgian mansion style hotel is built around a central courtyard and surrounded by beautiful grounds. The 135 bright and modern bedrooms are a good size and all are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant serves modern British and European cuisine and the conservatory and large lounge area provides the perfect spot to relax with a pre-dinner drink. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym and steam room. Spa treatments are also provided for an extra charge.

Mercure Haydock

St Helens, Merseyside
4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £339pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £85
Based on Monday arrivals

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee & cake
• Choice of buffet menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Tatton Park with Hidden Treasures guided tour
• 2 hour canal cruise with afternoon tea
• Entrance to Speke Hall, Garden & Estate
• Entrance to Little Moreton Hall
• Entrance to Lion Salt Works
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£339 for 5 days

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