Itinerary for open palace PROGRAMME england 2020

English Programme: Sunday 28th June 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

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Please note the full itinerary for 2020 will be produced by April 2020 but the short version of itinerary below is regularly updated though small changes may occur.

Day 1 Arrive in the incomparable Roman and Georgian city of Bath, meet your Open Palace Programme Leader, settle into your delightful accommodation and enjoy a welcome tea.

Day 2 Induction day – a chance to get to know the city of Bath and find out more about the programme with a special walking guide.

Days 3-5 You will take part in a series of focused practical seminars at the Bath Preservation Trust sites, including No 1 Royal Crescent. You will also have free time to explore the sites of this World Heritage City for yourselves such as the Roman Baths and the Jane Austen centre.


Royal Crescent, Bath


Stonehenge, image CC-SA-BY 3.0 Wigwulf


Days 6-8  We will visit the extraordinary prehistoric site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. After which we will have a fascinating hands-on session at Fishbourne Roman Palace. This palace is the largest residential Roman building discovered in Britain and has an unusually early date of 75 AD.


Then we will travel on to stay in the vibrant and historic city of Brighton to experience some of their dazzling and imaginative heritage sites such as The Royal Pavilion, the exotic Pleasure Palace built for George IV. We will visit the Grade 1 Regency Town House and take part in a practical historic plastering activity and also enjoy a Regency themed formal dinner in the evening.

Royal Pavillion in Brighton, CC-SA-BY 3.0 XGKKP


Windsor Castle, CC-SA-BY 3.0 Josep Renalias

Days 9-11

We take you to the outstanding Stowe Palace, a fabulous 18th century house and garden. You will enjoy a formal reception in the house and a picnic in the garden and then will join the senior staff where you will gain insights into the development of this palace in its magnificent setting. You will see conservation in action and learn about estate management at magnificent Stowe. We will also  take you by coach to Windsor Castle to enjoy a stimulating session with their specialist staff and then travel back to Oxford to stay in  university accommodation. 


Day 11-12  we will travel to the wonderful city of Oxford and stay at Keble College Oxford designed by the acclaimed architect William Butterfield in the Gothic style. You will enjoy a specialist session at the famous Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford learning about their extraordinary collection from their Head of Education. After which you will visit Blenheim Palace which is a monumental country house in Blenheim, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. We will meet their marketing team.


Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. Image CC BY-SA 4.0 geni


Stowe House, Buckinghamshire. Image CC-SA-BY 2.0 Wesley Trevor Johnston


Day 13  

  During your stay in Oxford you will also be privileged to visit the Rare Books department of the Bodleian Libraries and find out how their collection is managed from their specialist team. 


Days 14 & 15  Free time in London to explore the beautiful city.

London. Image CC-BY 2.0 Hamza Butt


Days 16,17 and 18

On Day 16 we will also be visiting Apsley House on Hyde Park Corner,  the London home of the first Duke of Wellington and has changed very little since his victory at Waterloo in 1815. Built by Robert Adam in the 1770s it was transformed in the 1820s by the architect Benjamin Dean Wyatt.  It has one of the finest art collections in London, with paintings by Velazquez and Rubens.  Josephine Oxley, Keeper of The Wellington Collection at Apsley House will be leading your session.


 On Days 17 and 18  we will be visiting the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. The moment you step inside the Tower of London you will appreciate the deep historical significance of the site. We will help you to imagine all the extraordinary royal history that has taken place at the palaces and take you through your programme for the week. You will participate in focused hands-on sessions with different specialists at the Historic Royal Palaces, Hampton Court and the Tower of London.

Tower of London. image © Bob Collowan, CC-BY-SA-4.0, Wikimedia Commons