July 12–23, 2015
On a delightful sojourn from London, visit Salisbury Cathedral's Magna Carta copy during the eight hundredth anniversary of its sealing; then, in Bath, see the Roman Baths as well as nearby Bath Abbey. From Cardiff enjoy special tours of the National Museum and Cardiff Castle. A private tour of the lavish twelfth-century Powis Castle shows its extraordinary art collection, interiors, and gardens en route to Northern Wales for scenic visits to Snowdonia National Park, Portmeirion, Bodnant Gardens, and Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conclude in Manchester, exploring Derbyshire's Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall gardens and Liverpool's famed cathedrals.
Traveling with You: Elizabeth Cleland, associate curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Explore her 82nd & Fifth episode, "Starting Over," about Hunters in a Landscape, a tapestry woven by Flemish weavers in the late sixteenth century.
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Above: Sezincote in the summer, Gloucestershire, England