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Lord Leycester Hospital Inc Lunch/Guided Tour

Lord Leycester Hospital Inc Lunch/Guided Tour

Visit Warwick's Medieval Gem. One of the finest examples in Britain of medieval courtyard architecture - Included Guided Tour and Lunch in the Great Hall

Lord Leycester Hospital

The Hospital is a historic group of medieval timber-framed buildings on Warwick High Street dating mainly from the late 14th Century.  Of historic significance, they represent one of the finest examples in Britain of medieval courtyard architecture. Clustered round the Norman gateway into the town, the 12th Century Chantry Chapel sits above it. For nearly 200 years this site was home to Warwick’s medieval Guilds.

 

In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I the buildings became, under the patronage of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a place of retirement for old warriors who had fought in the Elizabethan era wars.  These soldiers are known to this day as the Brethren and, with the Master, still live within the walls of the building. The Master and Brethren are a living legacy of almost 450 years of history. Every morning they meet in the Chapel and pray together the words written by their founder Robert Dudley. You can often see the Brethren in ceremonial uniform as they give tours through the buildings and gardens.

 

The beautiful, tranquil Master’s Garden, open all year, features a Victorian pineapple pit, a 2,000 year old “nilometer” used in ancient Egypt to measure the height of the Nile and a small thatched summer house favoured by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Adjacent to it is the Knot Garden with its design and symbolism echoing Tudor times. 

 

The Masters Garden is set out as a Victorian Garden but pass under the  Norman Arch and you step into a 500 year old produce garden that grows fruit, vegetables and herbs for  the Brethren's Kitchen.

 

Used as the film location for Dr Who, the BBC Detective Drama Hathaway & Shakespeare, the BBC's adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol', Pride and Prejudice and The Virgin Queen.

 

We include a Brethen led Guided Tour - Duration 1.5 Hours and a 2 Course Lunch in the Great Hall.

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

Admission to Lord Leycester Hospital, Guided Tour, 2 Course Lunch, Free time in Warwick, plus return coach travel from Staffordshire.

 

NOTIFICATION OF BOARDING TIMES:

You will be notified of the Departure Time/Information approximately 7 days prior to travel. If you have not received your Pick-Up Time within 3 days of departure, please contact our Sales Team on 01827 849700

 

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