Road Trip Extraordinaire of Southwest England & South Wales

Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle

Thornbury

Thornbury

Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle

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Road Trip Extraordinaire of Southwest England & South Wales

E16-THO-07

8 days/7 nights

From Thornbury to Thornbury

Visiting

With Thornbury Castle as your glorious home-base you can easily visit within 80 miles historic and beautiful Bath; Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales; Bristol; Cardiff; Cheddar; Exmore National Park; Glastonbury; Gloucester; Midsomer Norton; Plymouth; Bournmouth; Cheltham; Mendip Hills; Salisbury and Stonehenge; The Counties of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset far from the madding crowd, and for fans of Doc Martin Port Isaac is 153 miles from Thornbury Castle.

Prices Per Person

Deluxe Class
Daily Departures
Category
1 Person

(1 Room)

Single
2 People

(1 Room)

Double
3 People

(2 Rooms)

Sgl & Dbl
4 People

(2 Rooms)

2 Dbls
Daily Departures:
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Mar-2018
Category:
Deluxe
1 Person / (1 Room) / Single:
$4404
2 People / (1 Room) / Double:
$2502
3 People / (2 Rooms) / Sgl & Dbl:
$2648
4 People / (2 Rooms) / 2 Dbls:
$2171
Daily Departures:
01-Apr-2018 - 30-Apr-2018
Category:
Deluxe
1 Person / (1 Room) / Single:
$4703
2 People / (1 Room) / Double:
$2648
3 People / (2 Rooms) / Sgl & Dbl:
$2764
4 People / (2 Rooms) / 2 Dbls:
$2362
Daily Departures:
01-May-2018 - 30-Jun-2018
Category:
Deluxe
1 Person / (1 Room) / Single:
$4896
2 People / (1 Room) / Double:
$2827
3 People / (2 Rooms) / Sgl & Dbl:
$2945
4 People / (2 Rooms) / 2 Dbls:
$2472
Daily Departures:
01-Jul-2018 - 31-Aug-2018
Category:
Deluxe
1 Person / (1 Room) / Single:
$5108
2 People / (1 Room) / Double:
$2916
3 People / (2 Rooms) / Sgl & Dbl:
$3203
4 People / (2 Rooms) / 2 Dbls:
$2648
Daily Departures:
01-Sep-2018 - 31-Oct-2018
Category:
Deluxe
1 Person / (1 Room) / Single:
$4896
2 People / (1 Room) / Double:
$2827
3 People / (2 Rooms) / Sgl & Dbl:
$2946
4 People / (2 Rooms) / 2 Dbls:
$2472
Daily Departures:
01-Sep-2018 - 31-Oct-2018
Category:
Deluxe
1 Person / (1 Room) / Single:
$4914
2 People / (1 Room) / Double:
$2897
3 People / (2 Rooms) / Sgl & Dbl:
$2964
4 People / (2 Rooms) / 2 Dbls:
$2499

Your Tour Package Includes

07 Nights Accommodation in Thornbury Castle, Breakfast Daily. All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges. 07 Days Hertz IDMR Intermediate Manual Ford Mondeo TDCI Zetec. Including Unlimited Mileage (UM), Collision Damage Waiver CDW). Theft Protection (TP) and Taxes. Information and Detailed Directions. Emergency telephone numbers accessible 24/7 in the unlikely event you have a problem with your Hertz rental car.

IDMR Intermediate. Manual Ford Mondeo TDCI Zetec or Similar

  • 5 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 1 Small Suitcase
  • Manual
  • Air Conditioning
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Itinerary

Following are suggested itineraries:

Day 2 | Gloucester – Cheltenham – Cotswolds - Cirencester

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A trip to Gloucester wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the 11th century Gloucester Cathedral, resting place of King Edward II, home of the majestic Great East Window and recently a hugely popular film and television location. Most famously it has been used to shoot scenes for the Harry Potter series of hit films, as well as Sherlock, Wolf Hall and Doctor Who. The historic Gloucester Docks just a short walk away were used to shoot scenes for the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. With its dramatic waterfront, converted warehouses and an array of restaurants and bars, it is easy to see why Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays are places to be for locals and visitors. The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop is located in the original building used by Beatrice Potter in her story The Tailor of Gloucester – a real-life mystery based on the city’s John Pritchard.

Drive to the regency spa town of Cheltenham, located on the edge of the Cotswolds. Cheltenham has been a health spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs in 1716. The Cotswolds is a beautiful rural area with rolling hills and pastures grazed by vast flocks of sheep. During your drive you will pass through picturesque medieval villages of thatched cottages, beautiful churches and stately homes build of the distinctive local yellow limestone.

On to the largest town in the Cotswold District, the town of Cirencester (which was Britain’s second largest town in Roman times). The town contains many interesting buildings spanning several centuries and its market square is dominated by the cathedral-like Parish Church of St. John the Baptist. Cirencester’s market town status was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086.

Day 3 | Bristol - Weston-Super-Mare - Mendip Hills

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Bristol was a starting place for early voyages of exploration to the New World. In 1497 John Cabot, a Venetian, became the first European since the Vikings to land in North America. A well-known landmark is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by a young Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and used as a symbol on Bristol postcards. It was the venue of the handover of the Olympic Torch relay in 2012. Water plays an integral role in Bristol’s city life, with ferries, bars on boats, and bridges that swing to let tall ships through.

Weston Bay in Weston-Super-Mare, has views over to Wales and is a never ending source of satisfaction with its miles of broad flat sandy beach and piers.Much of the character of the buildings in the town derives from the use of local stone, much of it from the Town Quarry. You will find many cafes, pubs and restaurants where you can sit outside and watch the world go by.

The Mendip Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,is one of England’s most attractive landscapes. Its distinctive limestone ridge rises from the flat Somerset Levels and Chew Valley just south of Bristol. The windswept plateau is punctuated by spectacular dry valleys and gorges and impressive rocky outcrops. On the hilltops there are hundreds of ancient monuments, while on the steeper slopes flower rich grasslands offer a variety of habitats for wildlife.

Day 4 | Bath – Stonehenge - Salisbury

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Drive to the historic and elegant city of Bath, a World Heritage Site, which in the 18th century became a fashionable spa town. Admire the graceful Georgian terraces and villas, the 18th century Pump Room with its spa water fountain, where lunch and afternoon tea are served, and the elegant Assembly Rooms built for people to meet, dance, play cards, and drink tea. Visit the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths, built in the 1st century A.D. These Roman ruins stretch out beneath the city in all directions and consists of the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple and the Roman bath house.


As you drive across Salisbury Plain you see the great stone circle of Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site. Believed to have been erected 5,000 years ago it is the most celebrated prehistoric monument in Britain.


Onwards towards the historic city of Salisbury. Stroll through Salisbury, where its Market Square and medieval streets named after the trades which once flourished there – Fish Row, Butcher Row, Silver Street - are lined by gabled half-timbered houses dating from 14th to 17th century. View the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, which boasts the tallest spire in Britain.

Day 5 | South Wales: – Cardiff – Brecon Beacons National Park

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South Wales has great scenery, good pubs and restaurants. Cardiff is rich in ancient history. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings, and Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone. Cardiff Castle, located within beautiful parklands, is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions with its castle walls and fairytale towers concealing 2,000 years of history. The Roman Fort dates back to 50 AD, where it sits on a site within easy access to the sea. Remains of the Roman wall can be seen today. After the Norman conquest the Castle’s keep was built, re-using the site of the Roman fort. The Castle passed through the hands of many noble families until 1766 when it was passed by marriage to the Bute family who turned Cardiff into the world’s greatest coal exporting port and the Marquess of Bute in 1860 was reputed to be the richest man in the world.

The grassy, heather-clad mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park has distinct mountain ranges, over 250 ancient monuments, caves, forests, an historic canal as well as characterful towns, pubs, farmers markets and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Day 6 | Glastonbury – Wells – Cheddar – Exmore National Park

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Glastonbury’s historical legend is linked to King Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable. The Abbey was founded in 7th century and subsequently rebuilt in 14th century after a major fire. It was a famous center of learning in the middle ages. The famous Glastonbury Festival is a five-day festival of music and performing arts headlined by famous pop and rock artists.

Your drive now takes you passed the charming city of Wells, (used as the setting for several films ) with its historic centre, home to the magnificent Wells Cathedral and the unique moated Bishop’s Palace. Vicars’ Close is said to be the oldest residential street in Europe. The Old Deanery dates from the 12th century.

Cheddar in Somerset is a village known throughout the world as the origin of Cheddar Cheese which has been produced here since 12th century and to this day the cheese is still stored in the Cheddar Caves to mature.

Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills and here you will experience the large flat expanses of Exmoor National Park where there is evidence of human occupation from Paleolithic times and of the subsequent settlement in the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods, playing a significant part in the consolidation of power and rise of King Alfred the Great.

Day 7 | Taunton, Dartmoor National Park, Port Isaac.

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There are several local nature reserves in and around Taunton A place of considerable importance in Saxon times it has over 1,000 years of religious and military history including a monastery in the 10th century and Taunton Castle which has origins in the Anglo Saxon period. In the 12th century Great Hall of Taunton Castle you will find the Museum of Somerset which contains a collection of archaeological items including the mosaics found at the Low Ham Roman Villa. Another place worth visiting is Bishops Lydeard Mill, a small village near the market town of Taunton with a museum full of interesting artefacts. Its watermill has been renovated over the past few years. The Tudor Tavern is at 15 Fore Street and dates from 1578. Gray’s Almshouses, a terrace of almshouses founded in 1635 is among the oldest remaining buildings in Taunton.

Dartmoor National Park’s landscape is dramatic, from its striking granite tors to steep wooden river valley, and from swathes of heather covered moorland to tucked away villages and hamlets. A land of contrasts and of tranquility it’s rich in antiquities and archaeology.

The village of Port Isaac has a long and fascinating history dating back to King Henry VIII, with hidden village paths, historical buildings and beautiful views where you will get an insight into local life. The TV show “Doc Martin” is filmed here in this small and picturesque fishing village on the Atlantic coast, where they name it the fictional seaside village of Portwenn. Most of the old centre of Port Isaac consists of 18th. and 19th. century cottages, many officially listed as architectural or historic importance, with long narrow alleys winding down steep hillsides.

Option to book extra hotel nights in UK before and after your stay in Thornbury.

  1. * Mileage is approximate.
  2. ** Prices subject to change without notice. For up to date pricing, please submit a quote request.
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