Liverpool: England’s Second City and North Wales Tour
(June 10 – 19, 2017)

We will explore Liverpool for five days and then move to Northern Wales, an area with which tourists are less familiar. Liverpool has come a long way in the last several decades and is now a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. And when we move on to North Wales, we’ll stay in a country hotel, try to learn bits of a new and difficult language, and see some glorious places.

This past winter Elaine spent several days in Liverpool and once again fell in love with this remarkable 19th century city. The architecture and history reminded her of why she came to love the Arts and Crafts Movement so many years ago. And, of course, Liverpool has so many and such deep connections with America. Oh the sights we will see. From the top of Liverpool with its two cathedrals, extraordinary collections of 19th century British art and decoration in museums and public buildings to the waterfront whose public buildings proclaimed to the world Liverpool’s statement of its place as the second city of the Empire.

While in Liverpool we will also spend a day at Port Sunlight the enlightened workers village built by Lord Lever with homes by such major architects as Edwin Lutyens and Ernest George. The village had churches, a library, a pub, and the recently renovated Lady Lever Art Gallery. Built by Lord Lever for his workers at the soap factory, we will also visit his own home, Thornton Manor – quite a contrast.

We’ll also spend a day in Manchester, another exceptional 19th century industrial city where among other places we’ll visit the Town Hall and the City Art Gallery.

Then into North Wales. Here we enjoy quite spectacular mountains, valleys, and scenic drives. We’ll walk an aqueduct, stay in a 17th century coaching inn and a glorious country house hotel. We’ll visit the exceptional Portmeirion designed by Clough Williams-Ellis as well as his own home. And we’ll see the extraordinary little Brithdir church designed by Henry Wilson, as well as Chirk Castle and the very special home of “The Ladies” Plas Newydd. We do hope you will select this tour for next June.

For a detailed itinerary please download our brochure and tour conditions. We are offering a 10% if you register by February 1st, 2017. Your deposit will be fully refundable until then and will guarantee you a place on our wonderful tour.