The seventh tour in Mike Hope’s planned series of tours to visit all the cathedrals in England, takes us to the North West, whose ecclesiastical heritage reflects its place in our industrial history, mostly dating from the Victorian period onwards. From Liverpool, with its classical Anglican and astonishing Art-Deco Catholic cathedrals to those in Manchester, Salford and magnificent Chester, as well as a working monastery and several lovely churches, this is a tour is full of interest.
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Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel. You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
On the final day, return to the hotel is usually at about 4-5 pm. It is difficult to advise accurate timings as this can vary from one day to another due to traffic conditions, the size and mobility of the group or other factors. But we normally aim to finish no later than 5pm to allow clients a reasonable amount of time to get home.
If you have a problem with your room please alert your tour manager and/or hotel management as soon as possible to either rectify the problem or change your room. It is often possible to resolve a problem very quickly if we are made aware of it - impossible to do so after the event.
PLEASE NOTE: transport to and from the hotel venue is NOT included
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890
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Cottons Hotel and Spa, Knutsford
The four-star Cottons Hotel in Knutsford is located close to the M6 and M56. It has a recently refurbished restaurant and bar, as well as fantastic spa and fitness facilities. Bedrooms are modern with private bathroom facilities, free wifi, TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.
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Full detailed can be found in the itinerary section
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Day 1: Arrive independently at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and talk from Mike Hope - ‘The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Competition'.
Day 2: A full day of visits takes us first to Chester’s magnificent cathedral, which, unusually for this tour, dates back to the 16th century since when it has been the seat of the Bishop of Chester. Then we head to Nantwich and Macclesfield Churches. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.
Day 3: Another packed day in store as we head first to Roman Catholic cathedral at Salford, the working monastery at Pendlebury St Augustine and to Manchester to see its cathedral and the Arts & Crafts First Church of Christ Scientist and St George’s at Stockport. Dinner at the hotel and a second talk from Mike Hope – ‘The Gothic Revival 1837-1914’.
Day 4: Lastly, a full day in Liverpool whose ecclesiastical architecture reflects its multi-cultural heritage. The Anglican Cathedral is a classical, austere piece of architecture in stark contrast to the masterpiece of Art Deco that is the Roman Catholic Cathedral. A full day here also allows time to see the churches of St Agnes at Sefton Park and St John, Tuebrook. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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