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Cultural trips in the United Kingdom

Two remarkable architectural epochs provide the subjects for our United Kingdom itineraries.

The first is the era of church-building in northern England that began with the Norman Conquest, and stretched all the way to the Reformation. Durham, Lincoln, Ripon and York Cathedrals are all considered in a tour that also reveals some of our most beautiful countryside, as well two of our most poignant ruins – the Cistercian abbeys at Fountains and Rievaulx.

Then, on a five-day tour of the West Country we look at what happened next, as the power of the church waned and the wealth of the monasteries was transferred to a secular elite. The result was a landscape of vast agricultural estates and magnificent houses that has survived into modern era, and still exerts a powerful grip on English imaginations.

It was in the 18th and early 19th centuries that this age of aristocratic house-building reached its zenith, and it is in Yorkshire that we find three of its most heroic examples: Harewood, Wentworth Woodhouse and Castle Howard. In-depth visits to these three are highlights of our third tour.

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Opera in Leeds Opera North’s winter repertoire

21 - 24 Feb 2019 £985
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Cathedrals & Abbeys of the North Magnificent mediaeval architecture in England

28 Jun - 01 Jul 2019 £905
Rievaulx Abbey, photograph ©Michael D. Beckwith.
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