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Of course, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are different – as different as pasties, haggis, colcannon and Welsh cakes. As for landscapes, contrast the Scottish Highlands and islands with the Welsh valleys and dramatic coastline. Natural wonders? How about the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland (that’s Game of Thrones country). And England’s variety astonishes visitors, from the romantic Lake District and Cornwall to castles, stately homes and elegant gardens. Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare and Harry Potter; visit the free, world-class museums and galleries in cities, such as London, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford and Bath, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

TIP: Herefordshire’s Golden Valley looks ‘forever England’. Stroll round picture-postcard villages, such as Peterchurch, Vowchurch and Turnastone. At the 800-year-old Pandy Inn in Dorstone, relax over pints of proper cider produced by Gwatkin’s, just down the valley in Abbey Dore.

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A Collection of Collections: Exploring Firle & its Treasures, Study Day. Coffee on arrival, followed by a lecture and tour from Firle's Curator, Deborah Gage. After lunch (with wine), handling session with Dame Rosalind Savill, then afternoon tea. The day is limited to 24 participants.

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Houses & Gardens of Shropshire: Opportunity to visit a beautiful part of England. Wonderful choice of houses across many different periods. Dramatic landscape settings & some fine gardens included. Many private visits, frequently with lunch hosted by the owners. Lovely hotel in quiet village setting, with good food. Gentle pace.

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An access all areas tour of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Explore over 40 miles of rail track from Caernarfon, through Snowdonia National Park, to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Step behind the scenes and visit sections of the line not normally seen by the average passenger.

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The Inspiration of the Past : Ditchley & its Influence from CICERONI Travel . Unprecedented opportunity to stay at magnificent Ditchley Park. Enjoy the splendours of a house restored by Nancy Tree, the doyenne of country house decorators. Visit a remarkable series of houses and gardens, several of which are not open to groups. See wonderful art.

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"When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: A stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants - and DESERVES - is a parent who is SPARKY!" – Roald Dahl. So be a sparky parent, and treat your little ones to a mini-break inspired by two of Britain's greatest children's authors; Roald Dahl & Enid Blyton

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A Scottish Surprise: Treasures of the Tweed Valley from CICERONI Travel. Opportunity to visit one of Scotland’s most picturesque regions with a remarkable selection of castles and country houses. Private visits to houses normally not available to groups. Gardens will be at their mid-summer best! Comfortable hotel set in idyllic position.

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In 2016 we return to Norfolk where we enjoyed so many lovely visits two years ago. Last time we met with vast acres of broad uplands and stately mansions in the west of the county. Now, we concentrate on the handsome marshland and the Broads to the east of Norwich, famous for its many wonderful manor houses, unusual churches and magnificent gardens

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Treasures Great & Small: Woburn Abbey Revealed, Study Day. Coffee on arrival, followed by a lecture given by Woburn’s Curator, Matthew Hirst. After lunch (with wine) we tour the house and have the great privilege of special access to the fabled French porcelain collection, led by Dame Rosalind Savill. The day is strictly limited to 20 participants.

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