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Day One: Home to Berkeley
We’ll make our way from the interchange to Berkeley, where we’ll check in to the Bay Prince of Wales Hotel and will enjoy an evening meal. (D)
Days Two to Four: Berkeley
We spend the next three days in the small town of Berkeley during which time we will take three fantastic excursions to discover Monmouthshire, the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire.
We take a scenic drive through the Cotswolds, passing quaint villages of typical Cotswolds limestone, arriving at the spa town of Cheltenham, known for its heritage and Regency architecture. On the way back to Berkeley we will call at Bouton-on-the-Water, which is famous for its position on the River Windrush and its reputation as one of the Cotswold’s prettiest villages.
We also have a trip on the Dean Forest railway through beautiful forests and countryside before taking a drive through the Forest of Dean and the town of Monmouth.
Finally we visit nearby Berkeley Castle, a former Norman fortress, famous as the site of the murder of Edward II and the home of the Berkeley family.
In free time you can relax in the hotel or explore the nearby town of Berkeley. In town there’s the opportunity to learn about the life of Edward Jenner, the father of inoculation who was born here and now has a museum dedicated to his life close to Berkeley’s centre. (B,D)
Time to say goodbye today; we depart after breakfast and make our way to the interchange before returning home. (B)
Prince of Wales Hotel
Located less than a mile from the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty and within easy reach of Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Worchester, the Prince of Wales Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore this area of the South West.
The hotel is close to the edge of the Cotswolds and typical small chocolate-box villages such as Stinchcombe and Nibley are within easy reach. From there you can pick up one of the many walking trails in the area that take in some of the local hills and views over the beautiful countryside.
The Prince of Wales Hotel is surrounded by charming towns and cities with the maritime history of Bristol, the Georgian splendor of Bath and the rural atmosphere of Cheltenham and Gloucester all within an hour’s drive.
The hotel has a modern restaurant serving delicious food from a varied menu for breakfast and evening meals. Afterwards enjoy great local ales from the bar's extensive drinks drinks menu and there’s plenty of space out on the patio to sit and enjoy some time in the evening sun.
Full Day: Cheltenham And Cotswolds
Excursion to the popular spa town of Cheltenham, where the heritage of bygone times can be seen in the splendid Regency architecture. From there we venture into the Cotswolds, designated and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and call at the pretty town of Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds.
Full Day: Dean Forest Railway via Forest of Dean and Monmouth
Full Day excursion into the Forest of Dean where we join the delightful Dean Forest Railway and enjoy a relaxing journey through the beautiful woodland and countryside. We also enjoy a drive through the Forest of Dean and Monmouth.
Half Day: Berkeley Castle
We take a trip to Berkeley Castle today. The ancient fortress home has been home to the same family for more than 800 years. It is known as one of the most remarkable buildings in the country due to the history that has occurred within its walls which includes the imprisonment and murder of Edward II, the English Civil War and the signing of the Magna Carta. Explore the castle’s history and discover the beautiful gardens here and the various art exhibitions that are often put on here.