Departs: 23rd March 2020 | 5 Days
Style it up in Southport
Tour Price: £474.00 per person
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Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary. Historically part of Lancashire, the town was founded in 1792 when William Sutton, an innkeeper from Churchtown, built a bathing house. The area, known as South Hawes, was sparsely populated and dominated by sand dunes.
At the turn of the 19th century, the area became popular with tourists due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The town contains examples of Victorian architecture and town planning, on Lord Street and elsewhere. A particular feature of the town is the extensive tree planting.
In the late 18th century, it was becoming fashionable for the well-to-do to relinquish inland spa towns and visit the seaside to bathe in the salt sea waters. At that time, doctors recommended bathing in the sea to heel & cure aches and pains.
- All coach travel
- 4 nights half board
- Entrance: Speke Hall
- Chester boat cruise with cream tea
- Services of driver/guide
- Please inform us of any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
- Special requests are put forward to the hotel and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
- Program could be subject to alteration.
- Price Per Person
Single Room Supplement: £92.00
98 Lord St, Southport, PR8 1JR.
Tel: 01704 883800
The Vincent is a unique stylish boutique hotel situated in Southport; the Vincent Hotel offers a cool, relaxed atmosphere in chic, urban surroundings for both business and leisure guests.
With 60 guest rooms, which include all the mod cons, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi. Sink into the ultra-comfortable King-size or Twin beds.
Opening the doors in 2008, the hotel was designed by award-winning architects Falconer Chester Hall.
Day 1: Depart Local Area
After boarding your luxury coach, we make our way to Southport. We will make ample stops for your comfort on route. We will continue our journey to arrive at The Vincent Hotel later this afternoon.
Day 2: Visit to Speke Hall
After our morning breakfast, we head off to Speke Hall, an historic Tudor House. (Entrance included). Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, built by the devote Catholic Norris family - keen to impress visitors with the grandeur of their home and in particular the magnificent Great Hall which was the first part of the house to be built in 1530. The Great (or Oak) Parlour wing was added in 1531 - this beautiful building has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history. From the Tudor period when a secret priest hole was an essential feature, to years of neglect and decay in the 18th and 19th centuries (including a spell when it was used as a cow shed) and then being dragged into the Victorian era of improvement and technology. The gardens date from the 1850s. In the courtyard of the main building are two ancient yew trees, male and female, called 'Adam' and 'Eve'. First recorded in correspondence dating to 1712, they are estimated to be at least 500 years old. We will then make our way back to the hotel. After dinner we have Comedy and a Bingo evening.
Day 3: A Day at your Leisure
After breakfast, you can walk into town at your leisure, do a bit of shopping or there are lots of places to visit and some lovely restaurants and tea shops. You have the Kings Garden, the town hall Gardens, a lovely walk along the seafront also you can visit the Botanic Gardens. In the evening we will have a Neil Diamond dinner/dance tribute.
Day 4: Chester Boat Cruise
After Breakfast we will head off to Chester for a cruise along the river. Step aboard the Mark Twain or the Lady Diana for a two-hour cruise that's a real treat. Get comfortable and enjoy a Cream Tea as you glide through rural Cheshire, along the beautiful River Dee. From the boat house at The Groves, in Chester, you'll head southwards, out of the city. You'll pass by Heronbridge and Eccleston Ferry, with its Grade II listed ferry house. The river meanders through some spectacular scenery around the Crook of Dee and through the Eaton Estate, home to the Duke and Duchess of Westminster. You'll pass under the ornate Iron Bridge at Aldford, before returning to Chester. We will then head back to our hotel for Dinner.
Day 5: Journey Home
After another wonderful breakfast and the cases have been loaded on to the coach it is time to wave goodbye to our hosts at The Vincent Hotel and head for home. There will be comfort stops en-route, and you should arrive back in your local area by early evening.
Your tour manager and driver will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.