We drove to Cheshire from London, saying overnight in Northampton, Hereford and Shrewsbury along the way. Above and below is St Albans Cathedral, followed by our itinerary.
|Thursday||Directions / Opening times|
http://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/verulamium/ – 10-5 (free with art pass) – in the park
|Berkhampstead||A walk around the shops|
|Olney||Olney, Bucks, UK, MK46 4AJ (Market Place)||http://www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk/admission-prices/ – £2.50 with art pass
look for a large brick building on the corner of Olney’s historic Market Place, a few miles north of central Milton Keynes (two doors to the left of Costa Coffee). A short walk around the corner will take you to Church Street where you can view the Vicarage – here William Cowper’s friend John Newton preached and wrote ‘Amazing Grace’ (please note this is a private residence and can only be viewed from outside).
Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BX (bibbs hall lane/ bride hall lane / hill farm lane / ballslough hill
|Northampton||Hotel and walk around the shops|
|10.30am tour||Closed : Mondays (except Bank Holidays) Hours : 10am – 5pm
House bookings: +44 (0)1604 603407
|Chastleton House (1-5pm)
(1h 30 from Northampton)
Greygoose Lane / A44
|Chastleton, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire, GL56 0SU
| Approach only from A436 between A44 (west of Chipping Norton) and Stow Parking: free, 270 yards (short steep hill) SatNav: follow brown signs not directions to Chastleton village
A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power.
Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time.
With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting. We do not have a shop or tea-room, so you can truly believe you have stepped back in time.
Important information for visitors: Please note that entry to the house is by timed ticket. All tickets are issued on a first-come first-served basis and there is no pre-booking facility. For conservation reasons, visitor numbers are limited so entry to the house cannot be guaranteed on busy days and you may experience a short wait. Last entry to the house is an hour before closing to allow sufficent time to enjoy your visit.
|Seizencote (20 mins from Chaselton House) – Icehouse Lane / A44||GL56 9AW||http://www.hha.org.uk/Property/401/Sezincote
HOUSE NOT OPEN
15 mins from hotel in Hereford
|Hope-Under-Dinmore , Leominster HR6 0PN||http://www.hamptoncourt.org.uk/visiting
Guided Tours of the Castle are held on most days at 11.30, 12.30, 2pm and 3pm. The Gardens are open from 10.30am to 5pm every day from Monday 21st March until 31st October.
Hampton Court Castle and Gardens, Herefordshire can be found off the A417, close to the junction with the A49 between Hereford and Leominster. As a useful landmark look for Dinmore Caravans which is located opposite the junction of the A417 and the A49.Enter through the main gate and follow the route round to the right into the car parking area which is cleary signposted.
The estate was originally formed by the merging of the manors of Hampton Richard and Hampton Mappenor. It was granted by Henry IV to Sir Rowland Lenthall at the time of his marriage to Margaret Fitzalan, daughter of the Earl of Arundel and a cousin of the King. Lenthall built the original quadrangular manor house in 1427, twelve years after his knighthood at the battle of Agincourt. In 1434 he was granted a licence to crenellate the house by Henry VI.
Sir Rowland was succeeded by his daughter who married the Baron of Burford and it was their grandson who sold Hampton Court to Sir Humphrey Coningsby in 1510.
Hampton Court remained in the Coningsby family, a prominent noble Herefordshire family, until the early 19th Century when the estate was purchased by Richard Arkwright, the son of the famous inventor. Richard Arkwright’s son, John, then commissioned the remodelling of the house in the 1830’s and 40’s, the work being designed and carried out by Charles Hanbury Tracy, later Lord Sudeley. The Arkwrights lived at Hampton Court until 1912.
|Berrington Hall (7 miles south of Ludlow)
15 mins from Hampton Court
(Croft Castle nearby too)
Hundred Lane/Ludlow Road
Croft: approach from B4362, turning north at Cock Gate between Bircher and Mortimer’s Cross; signposted from Ludlow to Leominster road (A49) and from A4110 at Mortimer’s Cross HR6 9PW (11-5)
|LUDLOW (30 mins)|
|HHA Hodnet Hall gardens
(25 mins from travel lodge)
|Hodnet Hall Gardens
Shrewsbury Street / Drayton Road
|Wollerton Old Hall Garden
(v. close to hodnet)
|Wollerton Old Hall Garden, Wollerton, Market Drayton TF9 3NA
The garden is open from 12noon to 5pm on Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Good Friday until the end of August, and Fridays only in September.
Admission charges Adults £7.00 RHS Members are free in April and September only.
The garden is brown-signed off the A53 between the A41 junction at Tern Hill and Hodnet. We are 15 miles north of Telford and Shrewsbury, 25 miles south of Chester, approximately 1 hour’s drive from Derby, Manchester and Birmingham and 1½ hours from Liverpool.
|Cholmondeley Castle Garden,
(35 mintes from Wollerton)
|Malpas, Cheshire, Malpas, Cheshire East SY14 8AH||http://www.cholmondeleycastle.com/opening-times
Gardens Open from Good Friday 25th March 2016: Sundays 11.00 to 5.00 (last entry 4.30pm) Located off the A49 Whitchurch/Tarporley Road, between Warrington and Whitchurch. The entrance to the gardens is off the A49 at the Cholmondeley Arms Pub crossroads post code SY14 8ET.
(1 hour away)
|Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY||Postcode SK11 9JY
25th March (Good Friday) until Monday 31st October
We are open on Sundays, Mondays Gardens and Chapel open 12noon until 5pm
Hall Open 1:30pm to 4pm with last admission at 3:30pm Butler’s Pantry Tea Room open 12noon until 4:30pm
Capesthorne Hall at Siddington in East Cheshire is five miles west of Macclesfield and conveniently situated off the A34 between Manchester and Stoke on Trent.
15 miles south of Manchester down the A34 and a short distance past the east-west A537 Knutsford to Macclesfield Road
Capesthorne Hall is easily accessible from:
M6 Junctions 17 (Congleton), 18 (Holmes Chapel) and 19 (Knutsford)
M56 Junction 6 (Macclesfield/Wilmslow)