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Holiday type Christmas markets
Escorted tours
Country United Kingdom
Resort England
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £299
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites

As a student at Exeter College, William Morris was exposed to the poetry, art and architecture that came to have a huge influence on his future work. This special tour explores the life and work of William Morris in Oxford, with visits to Christ Church, Exeter College, Oxford Union and more in the company of Alastair Lack, former secretary of the Oxford University Society, who will give a lecture at the hotel.

Please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties.


Included

  • Two nights bed and breakfast at the four star Hilton Newbury North hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night three course dinner with wine in hotel restaurant
  • Second night dinner in hotel restaurant
  • All talks, visits and entrances
  • Coach transfers
  • Tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on half board basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the Hilton Newbury North from 15.00. This evening there will be a private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Alastair Lack – ‘The Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford’.

Day two

Our first visit is to Harris Manchester College to view the Days of Creation stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones, followed by some time in the fabled Oxford Union, where the original Woodward debating chamber is home to paintings by Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Morris, known as the Oxford Union murals. This afternoon we will tour Exeter College where, in 1852, William Morris met lifelong friend and collaborator Edward Burne-Jones. Whilst here we will have time to visit the college chapel and the Morris Room. Finally we travel out to the parish church of Middleton Cheney, which houses wonderful Morris & Co. windows. This evening there will be dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

Today begins with a visit to the Church of St Michael at the North Gate, one of Oxford’s oldest buildings and where William Morris married Jane Burden in 1859 – we will be able to see their marriage certificate. We will continue on to the Ashmolean Museum to view the Thomas Coombe collection which includes outstanding Pre-Raphaelite works by Everett Millais, Holman Hunt and Allston Collins. This afternoon we will take a walking tour of Oxford, including the Christ Church with its outstanding Morris & Co. stained windows. 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: All visits in Oxford are undertaken on foot and there is a considerable amount of walking required from college to college and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
Hilton Newbury North hotel, Newbury

Located on the edge of the historic market town of Newbury, the four star Hilton Newbury North hotel offers a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, indoor pool and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, and tea/coffee making facilities. Parking is available at the hotel for £5 per 24 hours (payable directly to the hotel).

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30-Jul-2015 3 299.00 book
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Excellent tour guide who was as excited by the exhibits and places we saw.He was approachable and enthusiastic. The coach driver should also be mentioned. He did more than drive but helped Alistair and all of us in many ways
Aug 2013
Roberts


Alistair Lack's knowledge, presentation and organising skills were outstanding. He made the weekend unforgettable.
Oct 2011
Mrs A Eustace 


This was a very well researched and stimulating tour, thanks to Anne and Scott. Not only do I now want to find out more about the Pre-Raphaelites but also to return and explore Oxford.
Jul 2011
Mrs K Gooding 


This was a very well researched and stimulating tour, thanks to Anne and Scott. Not only do I now want to find out more about the Pre-Raphaelites but also to return and explore Oxford.
Jul 2011
Mrs K Gooding 
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