March 27th -30th, 2020
3 night trip to York: including a visit to Castle Howard, visits to the Cathedral and a number of museums and time for shopping.
York is a wonderful city with Roman roots and a Viking past, where ancient walls surround contemporary independent shops and vibrant eateries. With York Cathedral and thirty world-class museums it’s a great city to explore. Castle Howard, near York, is one of Britain’s finest stately homes. A magnificent, historic house in the north of England with ornate interiors and, landscaped gardens. It is a private residence, and the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years.
September 12th, 2020
Day trip to Rosslyn Chapel, near Edinburgh – with time for shopping
One of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings, Rosslyn Chapel, has been in the ownership of the family of the Earl & Countess of Rosslyn since its foundation in 1446 and is still used today as a place of worship. After the Scottish Reformation (1560), Catholic worship in the chapel was brought to an end. The Sinclair family continued to be Catholics until the early 18th century. From that time, the chapel was closed to public worship until 1861. Since the late 1980s, the chapel has been the subject of speculative theories concerning a connection with the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail, and Freemasonry. It featured in this role in Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code (2003) and its 2006 film adaptation. Medieval historians say these accounts have no basis in fact.