Explore The Great West Way - Sun 25 Feb - Wed 28 February 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Explore the South of England

South East England is renowned for its beautiful gardens and miles of stunning coastline. Rich in cultural attractions, the region is easily accessible from London, and is also home to gentle rolling countryside, two National Parks, and some of Britain’s driest weather!

South West England is home to eleven Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, two National Parks and benefits from a feeling of remoteness and tranquillity which makes it a popular holiday destination

Key gateways

Airports:
Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton, Luton, Stansted, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Newquay

Ports:
Portsmouth, Harwich, Dover, Newhaven, Ramsgate, Poole, Plymouth

Day 1

Sunday 25 February

London - Windsor

14:00 Flight arrival to London
15:30 Visit to Cliveden National Trust Gardens
17:00 Coach transfer to Windsor
18:00 Hotel check in and bag drop
18:30 Welcome to the Great West Way presentation
20:00 Drinks and Dinner with local Great West Way partners
Overnight Castle Hotel Windsor

Itinerary Details

Arriving in London, this itinerary starts at Cliveden National Trust Gardens, with meticulously maintained gardens and woodland overlooking the Thames.

Next stop is Windsor, and the chance to learn all about the Great West Way – a new touring route between London and Bristol – while enjoying drinks with the tourist boards which make up this area, and their industry partners.

Supplier Information

Name Cliveden National Trust Gardens
Category Attraction
Profile Follow in the footsteps of dukes, earls, kings and queens as you stroll through a series of impressive gardens, each with their own special charm.
Phone 0344 800 1895
Email enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
FIT or Groups: n/a

Supplier Information

Name Castle Hotel Windsor
Category Accommodation
Profile Castle Hotel is one of the most beautiful Georgian buildings in Windsor. It sits magnificently in the town centre, opposite Sir Christopher Wren’s Windsor Guildhall and just a few minutes’ walk from Windsor Castle. In service since the 15th century, and awarded eight Royal Warrants along the way, Castle Hotel is undergoing an intricate renovation for September 2015, blending the hotel’s elegance and fascinating past with contemporary charm.
Phone (+44)1753/252800
Email h6618@accor.com
Website http://www.castlehotelwindsor.com
FIT or Groups: n/a
Day 2

Monday 26 February

Itinerary

07:30 Breakfast
09:00 Depart Castle Hotel for walking tour of Windsor and Eton
09:45 Visit Windsor Castle
12:00 Arrive at River & Rowing Museum
12:30 Hobbs of Henley, The Boat House
13:00 Cruise lunch Midsomer Murders Boat Trip
14:00 Coach transfer to Highclere Castle
15:15 Visit to Highclere Castle
17:00 Coach transfer
18:00 Hotel check in and freshen up for dinner
19:30 Dinner at Marlborough College

Itinerary Details

Day two of this itinerary starts in Windsor, with a walking tour around Windsor and Eton. Take a tour of Windsor Castle, before a Midsomer Murders Boat Trip. That boat trip combines exquisite afternoon tea-style dining with the chance to see some of the locations from this much-loved British TV show.

Travelling south, and staying on the TV and film theme, Highclere Castle’s stunning house and grounds were made famous by Downton Abbey, and are still lived in today by the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

After working up at appetite, dinner tonight is the dramatic campus of Malborough College, which was turned into a boarding school in 1843 and is full of history and charm.

Supplier Information

Supplier Information

Name Midsomer Murders cruise from Hobbs of Henley
Category Attraction
Profile Relive the hit TV series and book a grisly trip along the Thames. Our two Wednesday Midsomer Murders cruises with afternoon tea with the award winning Time for Tea, will take you past several murderous locations which have featured in the TV sensation, “Midsomer Murders”. Henley often stands in for Causton, the HQ of Inspector Barnaby, and locations along the beautiful River Thames have proved irresistible to the directors in many episodes.
Phone +441491572035
Email boats@hobbsofhenley.co.uk
Website https://www.hobbsofhenley.com/midsomer-cruise-afternoon-tea
FIT or Groups: n/a

Supplier Information

Name Highclere Castle
Category Attraction
Profile Welcome to Highclere Castle! Please enjoy exploring the history, gardens, events and life behind the scenes of "The Real Downton Abbey". Highclere is a beautiful Castle and landscape and one we delight in sharing with many thousands of visitors.
Phone 01635 253 210
Email theoffice@highclerecastle.co.uk
Website https://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 3

Tuesday 27 February

Wiltshire - Bath

07:00 Breakfast
09:00 Coach transfer
09:30 Malborough – tour of Silk Merchants House
10:15 Coach transfer
10:30 Arrive at Avebury Stone Circle and Manor House and Gardens
11:30 Coach transfer
12:00 Lunch at Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort
13:45 Walking tour around market town of Corsham
14:40 Coach transfer
16:00 Coach transfer
16:30 Jane Austen Centre
17:30 Coach transfer
18:00 Hotel check in and freshen up for dinner
19:00 Dinner at Hotel
Overnight Bailbrook House Hotel

Itinerary Details

Today brings with it a tour of some of region’s most charming towns. Starting first in Malborough, the wonderfully preserved 17th-century silk merchant’s house is home to artefacts, wall paintings and a recreated garden, and offers a fascinating step back in time.

The town of Avebury – home to a fascinating museum, manor house and gardens – is partially enclosed by the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle, which is itself a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The historic market town of Corsham serves up ancient paths with unrivalled views of rolling countryside and is the perfect spot for a walking tour – there may even be some peacocks wandering around the streets!

The last pretty town of the day is Bradford on Avon, a picturesque town on the way to Bath. Continue on to Bath, and visit the Jane Austen centre. Learn about the life of the author, and perhaps try some traditional costumes from the era.

Dinner this evening is at Allium Restaurant, at Abbey Hotel in Bath – offering seasonal, modern British cuisine.

Supplier Information

Name VisitWiltshire
Category Tourist Board / DMO / Local Authority
Profile VisitWiltshire is the official Destination Management & Marketing Organisation for Wiltshire representing 600 partners. It is a public/private sector membership organisation. Shrouded in mystery, steeped in legend, Wiltshire has been a special place for a very long time. Its strong connection with the past makes it the perfect place to enjoy the present. The World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and Avebury. has a magnetism that has drawn people to it for centuries. Our charming rural market towns have something unique to offer visitors with many stylish independent shops, a wide range of accommodation, award-winning restaurants, pubs and cafe's plus major attractions, events, arts, culture and entertainment, and its only 90 minutes from London and easily accessible by train, coach or car. VisitWiltshire is leading on developing a new long distance touring route which will join up many of England's iconic destinations and attractions along a corridor west of London through to Bristol. This is one of a number of successful projects made possible by VisitEngland's £40m Discover England Fund (www.discoverenglandfund.org). The touring route will be suitable for visitors to travel by car, coach, rail, cycling, walking or even canal boating. A range of themed itineraries and trails, including heritage, food and drink, countryside, film tourism and GREAT moments, will allow visitors to explore the route in depth, and aims to rival any of the great touring routes in the world!
Phone 01722 341309
Email flowallace@visitwiltshire.co.uk
Website http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/groups

Supplier Information

Name The Merchant's House, Marlborough
Category Attraction
Profile This amazing 350 year old survival is the jewel of Marlborough's famous High Street. Built and occupied by a prosperous silk merchant, middle class but with grand ideas, it contains nationally acclaimed wall paintings and decorative features. Humming with activity, it is an outstanding destination for anyone interested in fine old buildings and the craftsmanship needed to create and restore them. Come and see for yourself!
Phone +44 (0) 1672 511 491
Email sophiec@merchantshousetrust.co.uk
Website http://www.themerchantshouse.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Avebury Manor and Gardens
Category Attraction
Profile At Avebury, the world's largest prehistoric stone circle partially encompasses a pretty village. Archaeologist Alexander Keiller excavated here in the 1930s, and there is a museum bearing his name. Arranged in two parts, the Alexander Keiller Museum is divided into the Stables Gallery, displaying archaeological treasures from across the World Heritage Site, and the Barn Gallery, a 17th-century threshing barn housing interactive displays and children's activities that reveal the story of this ancient landscape.
Phone +441672539250
Email avebury@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Bowood House Spa and Golf Resort
Category Accommodation
Profile Located in the heart of the Bowood Estate in the rolling Wiltshire countryside our luxury hotel is the ideal retreat for golf and spa breaks, weekend retreats, mid-week escapes, family breaks, corporate clients and even as a honeymoon destination. Our breaks and offers are updated regularly, so check back often for the latest deals available. As one of the finest luxury hotels in Wiltshire, Bowood offers a wide range of modern facilities to create an experience rather than just your average hotel stay. These facilities set within the Bowood Estate and the grounds of the Historic Bowood House include boutique style hotel rooms, two restaurants; The Clubhouse Brasserie and the contemporary Shelburne Restaurant, a beautiful spa where we offer beauty treatments, not to mention a championship golf course and full practice facilities with driving range.
Phone 01249 822228
Email resort@bowood.org
Website http://www.bowood.org/bowood-hotel/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Day 4

Wednesday 28 February

Bath - Bristol

08:30 Breakfast-  short presentation by Destination Bristol
09:00 Visit to Bath Abbey
09:50 Visit Roman Bath
11:05 Visit Thermae Bath Spa
11:45 Depart Bath for Bristol
12:30 Lunch in Bristol at Prince Street Social
13:30 Walking tour of Old City
14:30 Cruise back around Bristol’s Harbourside with Bristol Packet Boat Trips
15:15 Visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain, including special preview of Being Brunel
16:45 Leave for Bristol Airport
17:15 Arrive Bristol Airport. Meet and greet with Bristol Airport.
18:00 Dinner at Bristol Airport
19:15 Flight departs for Newcastle

Itinerary Details

Over breakfast this morning enjoy a presentation by Visit Bristol, about the fascinating and vibrant city.

No visit to Bath is complete without seeing the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Pulteney Bridge – and a walking tour is the very best way to enjoy this beautiful city before heading home.

Transfer to Bristol, and enjoy a walking tour of the old city, including some of the street art that now makes the area famous.

Bristol has a long history of naval expedition, and between a boat cruise and the SS Great Britain, learn all about the diverse history of the city.

After a quick stop at Bristol Airport, join a flight to Newcastle in time for ExploreGB 2018.

Supplier Information

Name Destination Bristol
Category Tourist Board / DMO / Local Authority
Profile Welcome to Destination Bristol This website aims to give you more of an insight into the work that Destination Bristol undertakes within the visitor economy – what we do, how we work and how we can work together to develop a sustainable future for Bristol’s businesses working in the tourism, hospitality, retail and leisure industry.
Phone 0117 946 2207
Email faye.batchelor@destinationbristol.co.uk
Website https://visitbristol.co.uk/destinationbristol
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Bath Abbey
Category Attraction
Profile There is nowhere else quite like Bath Abbey. Magnificent stained glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world, create an extraordinary experience of light and space. But there is more to it than that. There has been a place of Christian worship on this site for over 1,200 years.
Phone 01225 422462
Email office@bathabbey.org
Website http://www.bathabbey.org/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name The Roman Baths
Category Attraction
Profile Walk in the footsteps of the Romans as you explore one of the finest spas of the ancient world. See the ruins of the temple where worshippers prayed to the goddess Sulis Minerva and the bathhouse where they took the waters.
Phone 01225 477785
Email romanbaths_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk
Website https://www.romanbaths.co.uk
Min - Max capacity: 20 minimum, 220 maximum (per tour operator)
Frequency: Private tours are available but must be booked in advance
Private tours: Yes. Tours must be booked in advance
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Audioguides are available in the following languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Extra information: Group rates apply for groups of 20 or more

Supplier Information

Name SS Great Britain
Category Attraction
Profile Visit Bristol's award winning visitor attraction, Brunel's SS Great Britain, and discover the ship that changed the world.
Email admin@ssgreatbritain.org
Website http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name The Roman Baths
Category Attraction
Profile Walk in the footsteps of the Romans as you explore one of the finest spas of the ancient world. See the ruins of the temple where worshippers prayed to the goddess Sulis Minerva and the bathhouse where they took the waters.
Phone 01225 477785
Email romanbaths_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk
Website https://www.romanbaths.co.uk
Min - Max capacity: 20 minimum, 220 maximum (per tour operator)
Frequency: Private tours are available but must be booked in advance
Private tours: Yes. Tours must be booked in advance
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Audioguides are available in the following languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Extra information: Group rates apply for groups of 20 or more

Supplier Information

Name Bristol Packet Tours
Category Attraction
Profile Bristol Packet Boat Trips, run boat trips, ferry boats and boat parties in Bristol. Hire a Bristol Packet ferry boats for your celebration.
Phone 0117 926 8157
Email info@bristolpacket.co.uk
Website http://www.bristolpacket.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Prince Street Social
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile The Prince Street Social is a welcoming modern-style British Brasserie located in the centre of Bristol. Open from early morning until midnight, seven days a week, it’s the perfect place to pick up a coffee and pastry on your way to work or, if you have more time to spare, relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner chosen from our exceptional food menu. We also offer a wonderful choice of wines, beers and cocktails.
Phone 0117 405 8949
Website http://www.princestreetsocial.com/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name The Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour
Category Guided Tours
Profile Combine the fascinating history of Bristol with the city's best street art on this tour which takes in many of the sights and interesting facts. The walk starts from outside Bristol Cathedral at 11.30am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Phone +44 (0)7909 221 684
Email Duncan.mckeller@hotmail.co.uk
Website https://visitbristol.co.uk/things-to-do/the-ultimate-bristol-walking-tour-p1731903
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Bristol Airport
Category Transport
Profile Bristol Airport, located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol, England, and the surrounding area.
Phone 0871 334 4444
Website https://www.bristolairport.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A