With a first-class honours degree in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford University and PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex, Lucy Worsley OBE is one of Britain's leading historians. Worsley currently acts as chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces and is well known for presenting historical BBC Television series, including A Very British Romance (2015), Lucy Worsley: Mozart's London Odyssey (2016) and British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2017) - which debunked historical views of the Wars of the Roses, the Glorious Revolution and the British occupation of India. Lucy has also written a number of books, including a children's novel, teen history book and a biography of Jane Austen.
Yorkshire’s great country houses with Lucy Worsley MBE
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Yorkshire's grand stately homes boast Capability Brown landscapes, Vanbrugh masterpieces and Adam interiors. Graced with great works of art and priceless antiques, they reveal the region's vivid history. Who better to help bring them to life than the TV presenter, British historian, author and curator, Lucy Worsley? On this new four-day tour, Lucy will join you for dinner and a talk at Newby Hall - built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren.
The estate has been the home of the Lascelles family for almost 250 years. Henry Lascelles made his fortune in the West Indies and in 1738 bought the combined estates of Harewood and Gawthorpe. By the time of his death in 1753, he was one of England's wealthiest men. His son Edwin used his inheritance to build the current Harewood House, commissioning John Carr to design it, Robert Adam to create the interiors and Thomas Chippendale to furnish it. It then took Lancelot 'Capability' Brown 11 years to transform the grounds from farmland. You'll also enjoy an expert tour of Temple Newsam, on the outskirts of Leeds, Treasurer's House behind York Minster and Sutton Park, home of Samantha Cameron's father Sir Reginald Sheffield.
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- Three nights' accommodation at the Doubletree Hilton Majestic Hotel and Spa
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Day1Arrive in YorkshireHarrogate, United KingdomCream tea included
Arrive and check in to the Doubletree Hilton Majestic Hotel and Spa. Then enjoy a welcome cream tea. Dinner at the hotel tonight is included.
Day2Sutton ParkSutton-on-the-Forest, United Kingdom
Visit Sutton-on-the-Forest, a village mentioned in the Domesday Book which has been in the possession of either the Crown or the nobility for most of the past thousand years. It's also famous for being where Laurence Sterne, the Anglican Vicar of All Hallows Church wrote the first two volumes of Tristram Shandy. You'll also enjoy a guided tour of Sutton Park, purchased in 1963 by Sir Reginald Sheffield, the father of Samantha Cameron. Sir Reginald is a direct descendant of John Sheffield, the 1st Duke of Buckingham and the man responsible for building Buckingham House, better known as Buckingham Palace. After lunch (not included) you'll take a tour of Treasurer's House. Nestled behind York Minster, this is the first house to be donated to the National Trust complete with its contents.
Day3Temple Newsam and Newby HallLeeds, United Kingdom
Today you'll visit Temple Newsam, a fine Tudor-Jacobean mansion on the outskirts of Leeds with 1,500 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. Named after the Knights Templar - who once owned the lands - this is the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots. In an interview for Radio 4's Front Row, ex-Culture Minister Mark Fisher placed Temple Newsam House in the top three non-national museums in the country. Return to hotel to freshen up before returning to Newby Hall for a welcome drink (commences 18:30hrs), private dinner, and a fascinating talk from Lucy Worsley.
Day4Harewood HouseHarewood, United Kingdom
Today you will visit Harewood House, which built in the 18th century and is now home to an exceptional art collection, renowned bird garden and farm experience. After lunch (not included) you'll explore Fountains Abbey and William Burges Church. Veiled in a secluded valley, this National Trust property promises to captivate with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, medieval deer park, Elizabethan hall and Gothic church. In Porter's Lodge uncover the story of the devout monks who founded the abbey in search of a simpler life and see the mill created by these skillful masters of machinery. Studley Royal Water Garden is an outstanding example of the 'English' garden style that swept across Europe during the 18th century, and is what makes this magnificent estate a World Heritage Site. Created by father and son John and William Aislabie, the design of this garden is a pre-cursor to the style that later became synonymous with Capability Brown, in which elegant ponds and cascades entwine with rustic bridges, classical temples and statues.
Doubletree Hilton Majestic Hotel and Spa
This charming hotel is set in eight acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of Harrogate.
Built in 1889, the property is just minutes from Royal Hall and Harrogate Convention Centre and half a mile from the famous Betty's Café. You can enjoy breakfast and dinner in the excellent restaurant and each room has coffee and tea-making facilities, a flatscreen TV, free toiletries and complimentary wireless internet access.
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