The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

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The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

3 Days

Visiting: Northampton, Kirby Hall, Boughton House

Tour operator:

Travel Editions

Physical rating:

Moderate

Trip Styles:

Luxury, Special Events

Activities:

Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Join medieval historian, Dr Elizabeth Norton, to find out the truth about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, visiting key sites in the story as you go. Known to everyone and celebrated annually, Guy Fawkes has gone down in legend over centuries. The truth is a complicated tale explored on this fascinating tour visiting Kirby Hall, Rushton Hall and Ashby St Ledgers in the company of erudite and knowledgeable historian and author, Dr Elizabeth Norton. 

Highlights

  • Kirby Hall and Rushton Triangular Lodge

  • Historic Church of Ashby St Ledger’s

  • Harrowden Hall with lunch

  • Rushton Hall with afternoon tea

  • Boughton House – the English Versailles

Itinerary

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Day 1: 

Location: Northampton

Arrive independently at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Northampton from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Dr Elizabeth Norton – ‘The Truth about Guy Fawkes'.

Day 2: Kirby Hall, Harrowden Hall And Ashby St Ledgers

Location: Kirby Hall

Morning visit to Kirby Hall , one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th century houses with rooms redecorated to authentic 17th century specifications. We then head to Harrowden Hall , another key site in the plot (now the clubhouse of Wellingborough Golf Club) to see the house and enjoy a light lunch. Our last visit of the day is to the village of Ashby St Ledgers to see the outside of the manor house which was a key location for the plotters, and the interesting church. This evening enjoy a talk from Dr Elizabeth Norton – ‘Recusants, church papists and priest holes: English Catholics in the reign of Elizabeth’ followed by a bufett dinner at the hotel.

Day 3:Boughton House, Rushton Triangular Lodge And Rushton Hall  

Location: Boughton House

Our first visit is to Boughton House , sometimes referred to as the “English Versailles” and home to the Montague family. After a light lunch (included) we head to Rushton Triangular Lodge , designed by Sir Thomas Tresham, father of one of the plotters and a testament to his Catholicism. We finish the tour with a visit to Rushton Hall , a key location in the story, now a luxury hotel, for a visit and included afternoon tea. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

What's Included

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Delta Hotels by Marriott Northampton, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room

  • Welcome reception

  • First night private three-course dinner with wine

  • Second night buffet dinner at the hotel

  • Light lunch at Harrowden Hall

  • Afternoon Tea at Rushton Hall

  • Light lunch at Boughton House

  • All guided tours, visits and entrance fees

  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout

What's Not Included

  • Transport to the hotel is not included

  • Double for sole use supplement

  • Holiday insurance

  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis

  • Meals other than those stated

  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc

  • Porterage and gratuities

Accommodation

Delta Hotels by Marriott Northampton
Located close to J15 off the M1, the modern, four-star Delta Hotels by Northampton Marriott Hotel offers a bar, restaurant, gym and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone.

Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

MORE INFO

Dr Elizabeth Norton is a British historian, specialising in the early modern period. She has degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, as well as a PhD from King’s College London, where she has taught History. She has published widely, including the critically acclaimed ‘The Lives of Tudor Women’ (Head of Zeus, 2016) and biographies of four of Henry VIII’s wives, her PhD thesis looked at Catholicism in Elizabethan England. She regularly appears on television, including the recent BBC series, ‘The Boleyns, A Scandalous Family’, on which she also acted as Historical Advisor.’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 6pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

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  • Who is Dr. Elizabeth Norton?

    Dr. Elizabeth Norton is a British historian specializing in the early modern period, with degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and a PhD from King’s College London. She has published widely, including 'The Lives of Tudor Women' and biographies of four of Henry VIII’s wives. Her PhD thesis looked at Catholicism in Elizabethan England. She regularly appears on television and was a Historical Advisor for the BBC series 'The Boleyns, A Scandalous Family'.

  • What meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes two nights' bed and breakfast at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Northampton, a welcome reception, a first night private three-course dinner with wine, a second night buffet dinner at the hotel, light lunches at Harrowden Hall and Boughton House, and afternoon tea at Rushton Hall.

  • What type of accommodation is provided on the tour?

    Accommodation is provided at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Northampton, a modern, four-star hotel offering a bar, restaurant, gym, and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

  • What are the highlights of The Gunpowder Plot Tour?

    The highlights of The Gunpowder Plot Tour include Kirby Hall and Rushton Triangular Lodge, Historic Church of Ashby St Ledger’s, Harrowden Hall with lunch, Rushton Hall with afternoon tea, and Boughton House – the English Versailles.

  • Are there any exclusions I should be aware of?

    Exclusions include transport to the hotel, double for sole use supplement, holiday insurance, extra nights on bed and breakfast basis, meals other than those stated, items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc., porterage, and gratuities.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Anonymous  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

All very enjoyable.Mike as usual very thorough and

All very enjoyable.Mike as usual very thorough and detailed.Works very hard for us.Interesting talks.This was a good party. didn’t hear any grumbling for which I am grateful!!! Would love to stay at Rushton Hall but can’t get a mortgage!!!! Keep in touch.Robin Hood sounds interesting.

Fulton  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

Very interesting and informative tour. Lecturer ve

Very interesting and informative tour. Lecturer very capable and friendly. Lunches might have been a little over-provided. Would have preferred to have the evening meal before the lectures.

Anonymous  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

Anonymous  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

Gallimore  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

A very good trip which we both enjoyed and learnt

A very good trip which we both enjoyed and learnt such a lot. The organisation was very good. Food was excellent and everyone was very friendly.

Onions  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

Wright  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

As usual this tour was very well organised and sub

As usual this tour was very well organised and subsequently very well run by Steve, the Tour Manager, and Elizabeth Norton. Elizabeth was excellent in the amount of information she passed on to us regarding both the Gunpowder Plot and the Protestant/Catholic feuds raging at the time. Also, Oscar the driver deserves some ticks. However, we were slightly disappointed with the sightseeing tours because of the amount of time we had to spend looking at sites outdoors, not helped by the cooler weather and damp conditions.

Grainger  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

The information re meals online and in the itinera

The information re meals online and in the itinerary did not match, so I had to email for clarification. After my second email, the online information was then updated. The lunch closely followed by a full afternoon tea was a bit heavy on food! Some people had no idea what to expect - both as to what they should wear and as to what an afternoon tea entails. I was fine on both counts, but I know others were not. The hotel evening meals were very good. Thank you for another excellent tour.

Smith  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

Up to the usual Travel Editions standard. The only

Up to the usual Travel Editions standard. The only marring point was the visit to Boughton House. The conducted tour was long and tedious as the rooms are pretty much alike. After two hours of sameness….. Of course this is my opinion. Others may disagree.

Anonymous  

The Gunpowder Plot Tour: The Truth about Guy Fawkes

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