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Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To British Castles, Palaces & Stately Homes
There are twenty unique National Trust breaks to choose from and with a national network of more than a thousand local pick-ups the tours are designed to make travelling to new places as easy as possible.
There are probably coach trips from pick-up points in or close to Gloucester that visit many of Britain's Castles, Palaces & Stately Homes
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see the Tower of London - The Tower of London is one of the most famous prisons in British history and houses the British Monarchy's Crown Jewels and regalia. The Tower of London features the "Beefeaters" Royal Guards.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Hampton Court Palace - Hampton Court was King Henry VIII's favourite palace, on the River Thames upstream and west of London, and has probably the most famous maze in the world.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Windsor Castle - The public have access to Windsor castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, one of the official residences of the Queen. Allow 3 hours to a whole day here!
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Warwick Castle where Mediaeval England is bought back to life with displays and shows inside and out. One of England's top attractions for days out. You won't be disappointed. Great gardens too.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Chatsworth House - Chatsworth is one of Britain's most famous historic houses and its 1000 acre garden was designed by Capability Brown. Chatsworth House is a stately home in North Derbyshire, England. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and has been home to his family, the Cavendish family, since 1549.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Edinburgh Castle, Scotland - Edinburgh Castle is a formidable fort that was built by David I on an extinct volcano is Scotland's capital. Edinburgh Castle is a fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from its position on Castle Rock.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Leeds Castle, Kent - Leeds Castle is listed in the Doomsday Book and has been a royal residence for six of England's medieval queens and a palace of Henry VIII. Leeds Castle is near Maidstone, Kent and dates back to 1119. The castle and grounds lie to the east of the village of Leeds, Kent, not be confused with the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire!
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Sandringham House the Queen's country retreat in Norfolk. There is a very great deal to see and do at Sandringham we recommend that visitors allow at least 4 hours in order to get the most out of their time there, and to make the most of the unhurried welcome on offer.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Barnard Castle - Barnard Castle sits high above the town of Teesdale in County Durham and dates back to Norman times. The remains of castle are a Grade 1 listed building, whilst the chapel in the outer ward is Grade II* listed. Both sets of remains are now in the care of English Heritage and open to the public.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Weston Park is a country house in Weston-under-Lizard, Staffordshire on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border - Weston Park is a classic stately home where the Earls of Bradford lived from the 17th century. Surrounded by around 1000 acres of beautiful countryside and gardens.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire - Blenheim Palace is a large country house in Oxfordshire, home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. The palace is open to the public, and contains tourist attractions in the grounds, including the butterfly house, a maze, a plant centre, and cafeteria, but the atmosphere is still that of a large country house. The palace is separated by a little distance from this other group of attractions (the 'Pleasure Park'), and the two are linked by a free miniature railway service, the Blenheim Park Railway.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Tatton Park - Tatton Park is a 2000 acre estate in Cheshire comprising a Mansion, Deer Park, Gardens, Farm and an Old Hall. It is a popular visitor attraction and hosts over 100 events annually. The estate is owned by the National Trust.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Haddon Hall, a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century. On the River Wye at Bakewell, Derbyshire, one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland, occupied by Lord Edward Manners and his family. It has been described as "the most complete and most interesting house of its period".
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Hever Castle, Kent - Famous for once being home to Henry VIII's wife Anne Boleyn and dates back to 1270. There is a yearly events programme with assorted events including jousting tournaments and archery displays in the summer months.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Corfe Castle - Corfe Castle is a ruined castle that was used as a fortress for 600 years on the Dorset coast. Corfe castle is considered to be the inspiration for Enid Blyton's Kirrin Island, which had its own similar castle.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Kensington Palace, London, home to the royal family for over 300 years and was the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales (from 1981 until her death in 1997), Princess Margaret (until her death in 2002) and Princess Alice (until her death in 2004).
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Hatfield House, Hertfordshire - a fine Jacobean House and 1000 acre estate that is home to the 7th Marquess of Salisbury. The Gardens, covering 42 acres (17 ha), date from the early 17th century, and were laid out by John Tradescant the elder.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Dover Castle, Kent. Dover Castle is the oldest fort in England and has been strategic in the country's defence, including both world wars. Described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Alnwick Castle, Northumberland - the 2nd largest inhabited castle in England dating back to 1096. The Abbot's Tower houses the Regimental Museum of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Other facilities open to the public including Knight's Quest (formerly Knight's School), Dragons Quest, the Gift Shop, the Courtyard Cafe and restaurant; The Sanctuary at the Castle.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Harewood House, near Leeds, West Yorkshire - Harewood House is home to the Earl of Harewood and is a fine example of an English stately home. The house itself is a Grade I listed building, there are a number of features in the grounds and courtyard that have been listed as Grade I, II and II*.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Castle Howard, North Yorkshire - Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century palace housing numerous treasures both in the house and in the grounds. It is not a true castle, but this term is often used for English country houses constructed after the castle-building era (c.1500) and not intended for a military function.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Cardiff Castle, one of Wales' most popular tourist attractions with 2000 years of history behind it. It is now a popular tourist attraction, and houses a regimental museum in addition to the ruins of the old castle and the Victorian reconstruction. It sits in the expansive grounds of Bute Park.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Arundel Castle, West Sussex - Arundel castle is a magnificent stately home containing some of the finest interiors in the world. Most of the castle and its extensive grounds are open to the public, run by a private trust.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire - one of the most breathtaking castle ruins in England. Much of the right-hand court of Kenilworth Castle is occupied by the castle garden.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland - Bamburgh castle stands on a basalt outcrop on the edge of the North Sea at Bamburgh. The castle feature the Armstrong & Aviation Museum, with exhibits about Armstrong Whitworth, the manufacturing company, include engines, artillery and weaponry, and aviation artefacts from two world wars.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Osborne House, Isle of Wight - A former royal residence in East Cowes was Queen Victoria's palace by the sea. Osborne House is under the care of English Heritage and is open to the public.
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Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To British Castles, Palaces & Stately Homes
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Althorp House & Park, Northamptonshire, home to the Spencer family and the Princess of Wales' family offer visitors an extensive exhibition dedicated to her life and work. The estate and house are open to the public during the summer months (1 July to 30 August) All profits made are donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Lincoln Castle, Lincolnshire - Lincoln castle has over 900 years of history. It remained in use as a prison and law court into modern times, and is one of the better preserved castles in England; the Crown Courts continue to this day. It is open to the public as a museum.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire - Situated on the banks of the River Trent in Newark town centre and has done so for nearly 900 years. It is where King John died in 1216. The Gilstrap Heritage Centre is located on the castle grounds. The centre features exhibits about the castle, and the town's history during the English Civil Wars. Admission is free.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Tintagel Castle, Cornwall - Tintagel castle stands in ruins on the dramatic cliffs of the Cornish coastline and is famously linked to the legend of King Arthur. Today, Tintagel Castle is a tourist destination, as it has been since the mid 19th century, and it is managed by the governmental organisation English Heritage. Nearly 200,000 people visit each year.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Spencer House in St. James's, London - Spencer House is the city's only surviving 18th century palace and is situated in St James's Place. The house is open to the public for guided viewings on Sundays
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Raby Castle, County Durham, built in the mid 14th century and contains a huge collection of art treasures. Raby Castle is open to visitors seasonally over Easter weekend and then from May until the end of September.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Beaumaris Castle, Beaumaris, Anglesey, Wales - Beaumaris Castle is an unfinished 13th century fortress on the Island of Anglesey. Part of the World Heritage Site entitled Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd. The castle is managed by the Welsh Assembly Government's agency for historic monuments. The castle has an exhibition, gifts shop, disabled access and picnic facilities.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Apsley House, Hyde Park, London - Apsley House is a grade I listed building which was the home built for the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo. The house is now run by English Heritage and is open to the public as a museum and art gallery, although the 8th Duke of Wellington still uses part of the building as a part-time residence. It is sometimes referred to as the Wellington Museum.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see Buckingham Palace State Rooms, Ballroom & Gardens - Buckingham Palace's 19 state rooms, ballroom and gardens are open to visitors during August and September. Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester to see The Royal Mews - The Royal Mews house the horse-drawn carriages and motor cars that provide transport for The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Buckingham Palace, we all know, is the Queen's official London residence and is used to entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Clarence House, London - Clarence House is home to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princes Harry and William. It is open to visitors for approximately two months each summer.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To The Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyrood Palace), Edinburgh - The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh but was also home to Mary Queen of Scots. Full of fine art, tapestries and furniture. The palace is open to the public throughout the year, except when members of the Royal Family are in residence.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Caernarfon Castle, Wales - Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward 1st of England, is possibly the most famous of Wales's castles with its sheer scale & commanding presence. The castle houses the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum. Caernarfon Castle was used in 1969 for the investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Caerphilly Castle, Wales - Caerphilly Castle is a tourist attraction and includes a small shop, the largest castle in Wales and the second largest in Britain after Windsor Castle. Four replica siege engines are on display in the castle grounds - a ballista, a perrier, a trebuchet and a mangonel.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland, one of Scotland's biggest castles, that sits on the banks of Loch Ness in Inverness in Scotland, splendidly situated on a headland overlooking Loch Ness. It is also near this castle that the majority of Nessie (Loch Ness Monster) sightings occur!
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Chepstow Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales - Chepstow Castle in a spectacular setting on top of cliffs overlooking the River Wye is the oldest surviving stone fortification in Britain. Chepstow Castle is open to the public, with special events held often in the castle and visitors are now able to walk along the battlements and into Martens Tower.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Chirk Castle, North Wales - Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I still lived in today. The castle is presently in the ownership of the National Trust and is open to the public between February and October.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Conwy Castle on the north coast of Wales - Conwy castle is a gritty, dark stoned fortress which evokes an authentic medieval atmosphere built, for about £15,000, between 1283 and 1289.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Harlech Castle, Gwynedd, Wales - Harlech Castle is spectacularly sited on the cliff tops over looking the Irish Sea. The castle is now in the care of the Welsh Assembly Government's agency for historic monuments and is open to visitors.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Newark Castle, Inverclyde, Scotland, where the firth gradually narrows from the Firth of Clyde, a well-preserved castle from 1478 sited on the south shore of the estuary of the River Clyde in Port Glasgow. Newark Castle came into state care in 1909 and is now a property of Historic Scotland with excellent visitor facilities.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Pembroke Castle - Pembroke castle was built in 1093 and them rebuilt by William Marshal in 1189. The castle is open to the public. It remains the largest privately-owned castle in Wales.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Powis Castle, Welshpool, in Powys, Mid Wales - Powis Castle is a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion which is the residence of the Earl of Powis. The property is under the care of the National Trust, who operate it under the name "Powis Castle and Garden".
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire, south east Wales - Raglan Castle, as it is today, dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries. Raglan Castle became first a source of local building materials, then a romantic ruin, and is now a modern tourist attraction.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Ravenscraig Castle, Scotland - Commissioned by James II, as a home for his wife, around 1460. Ravenscraig Castle is a ruined castle located in Kirkcaldy. The castle is an early example of artillery defence in Scotland. Now managed by Historic Scotland and protected by Scheduled Ancient Monument this has been recognised as a category A listed building.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Rhuddlan Castle is a castle located in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, Wales - Built as one of the 'iron ring' of fortresses by the English monarch, Edward I. It was erected by Edward I in 1277 following the First Welsh War.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To St Andrews Castle, Royal Burgh of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland - Official residence of Scotland’s leading bishop throughout the Middle Ages. Today, a siege mine and counter-mine can be explored, and the ‘bottle dungeon’ viewed. Visitor centre with exhibition.
Coach Trips and Days Out From Gloucester To Stirling Castle, Stirling and Falkirk, Scotland - One of the largest and most important castles, historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle is open to the public year round. Stirling Castle is a popular place for tourists, and according to figures released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, around 380,000 people visit each year.