Tuesday May 12 – Monday May 18, 2020
7 Days- $2,800
Final payment due by January 15, 2020
*All rooms are single occupancy
Regency England – a time like no other. The madness of King George led to his son, the Prince Regent, assuming the throne and ushering in a period of artistic achievement, social upheaval, architectural genius and reckless excess such as the world has rarely seen. On this Tour, we will walk in the footsteps of Beau Brummell and Jane Austen, stroll the promenade of the ton’s seaside playground – Brighton, tour stately homes and pleasure palaces and see how the Regent influenced the world around him. Join with fellow Regency enthusiasts as we relive the glamour and greed, sin and secrets, fashion and faux pas that shaped Regency England.
Arrival at our London hotel. Our group will gather at 4 o’clock before going on to a traditional pub dinner, during which we’ll discuss our shared interest in the Regency period.
Today begins with a visit to Apsley House
, home of the Duke of Wellington and one of the last surviving examples of a private home remaining in London. Afterwards, we will stroll the thoroughfares of Regency London to visit many of the sites associated with the period, whether they be well known buildings and locations or hidden gems. Along the way, we will be stopping at landmarks well known to all Regency aficionados, including Berry Bros., Lock’s Hatters and Floris. We’ll visit St. James’s Square, the site of Almack’s and visit secret pockets of Regency London sure to transport you to the 19th
century. Rest stops will be taken along the way, as well as a break for lunch. The tour will end in Piccadilly, where you may go on to shop at Hatchard’s
bookshop, the Burlington Arcade
and Fortnum and Mason
. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy London as you wish.
Today we travel by private coach to Brighton, stopping first for a visit to Osterley Park
, the magnificent stately home designed by Robert Adam for the Child family, influential London bankers. Robert Child left his entire estate in trust for his eldest granddaughter, Lady Sarah Sophia Fane, who married the 5th Earl of Jersey. As Lady Jersey, Sarah Sophia became one of the Lady Patronesses of Almack’s Assembly Rooms
. Once at our Brighton hotel, we will go on dinner.
Perhaps nothing so epitomizes the excesses of the Prince Regent as does his “Marine Palace,” the Royal Pavilion
, built by legendary architect John Nash. The Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria were both left speechless upon their first sight of the Pavilion’s garish colour schemes and over-the-top décor. Taj Mahal inspired architecture, complete with domes and minarets, fantastical chandeliers, lavish carpets and hand-painted Chinese wall papers compete for the visitor’s attention. The Music and Banqueting Rooms, the royal kitchens, bedrooms and reception rooms all combine to provide a glimpse into the private life of the Prince Regent. Following our tour of the Pavilion, you may choose to have lunch or afternoon tea before exploring the adjacent Brighton Museum
This afternoon, we will gather for a tour of the Regency Townhouse
in Hove, formerly a private house which is being meticulously restored by curator Nick Tyson and his dedicated staff. The Townhouse offers a glimpse of upstairs and downstairs life in a typical Regency home and our private tour will take in all the principal rooms and allow the opportunity to question the curator on the workings of a Regency household. With luck, we’ll encounter the cook, the butler and Mrs. Simpson, the 19th
Today we’re off for a scenic train ride through the English countryside to Arundel Castle
, established by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury, on Christmas Day 1067. The Castle has been the family seat to the Dukes of Norfolk for over 400 years and stands as a stunning example of a renovated medieval castle, as well as an aristocratic stately home, providing a glimpse into sumptuous Regency life via the many perfectly preserved rooms. We’ll walk the charming streets of shops and period houses surrounding the Castle before returning to Brighton.
Today we’re off to Windsor, stopping first at Petworth House
, the late 17th
century, Grade I listed country house once owned by the Regency art collector, George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, friend of the Prince Regent who was rumoured to be the father of one of Lady Melbourne’s sons. The House is surrounded by a 700 acre Park designed by Capability Brown and contains an impressive collection of important artwork by the likes of Turner, Reynolds and Van Dyck. We will view the State Rooms, as well as the extensive servants’ quarters, truly an “upstairs, downstairs” view of this magnificent property.
This morning we explore Windsor Castle
and walk through 900 years of British history. Although Windsor Castle has been home to 39 monarchs, the influence of just a handful has resulted in the appearance of the State Rooms, most especially that of George IV. Afterwards, we’ll take a leisurely walking tour of historic Windsor and Eton, stopping in at antique and print shops along the way. The tour ends this evening with our Farewell Dinner at a charming riverside restaurant.
** Both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach of Windsor by taxi, train or bus.
- 2 Nights at London Hotel
- 3 Nights at Brighton Hotel
- 2 Nights at Windsor Hotel
- Full English breakfast each day
- Three dinners
- Services of an expert tour guide throughout the tour
- Private coach transportation on travel days
- Guided walking tour of Regency London
- Entry or admission fees to all venues