Aylesbury has been added as a delightful place where you can spend a couple of hours over the lunch time period.The Historic streets of the old town have a mixture of Georgian, Tudor and Jacobean architecture. The Kings Head Coaching Inn (owned by the National Trust) is a delightful place to have lunch . The Church of St Mary the Virgin dominates the skyline with its ornate clock tower, the current building dates from the 13th century with additions and renovations in 14th, 15th, 19th and 20th century.
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Starting life as a Jacobean Farmhouse Ascot House was bought by Leopold de Rothschild and substantially enlarged at the end of the 19th century. Now an asymmetric building with redbrick ground floor and half timbered 1st floor it was described by Mary Gladstone as "a palace like Cottage the most lovely thing I have ever seen".The house still contains some of the Tudor beams including one over the door with the date 1606, most of the building however dates from the late 19th early 20th century.
Ascot has one of the best Small Picture Collections in Britain, together with a superb collection of European Porcelain and French Furniture.
You can tell the time by an unusual Topiary Sundial . The topiary in the garden has to be seen to be believed
The gardens with its terraced lawns have nice views over the Chilterns designed in a Dutch style with Herbaceous borders and a remarkable fountain depicting Eros by the famous sculptor Thomas Waldo Story.
Before departing Ascot we have included a Cream Tea as part of the trip
For more information on Ascot visit the National Trust Wesite
Please click here for an access statement for Ascot House
There is a cafe at Ascott House however it cannot cope with large groups unless food is pre-ordered. A cream tea has been arranged for the group during the visit
National Trust Members must have their cards with them at the time of the visit for inspection. They have requested that we collect membership numbers in advance. If you can provide them at the time of booking it will help, if not they will be collected on the coach. Please note: they have no facility for checking membership details if you do not have your card with you you will be charged for admission if no card is shown..
Fares: National Trust Members: £27.00 includes cream tea.
Non-members of the National Trust: £39.00 includes admission to Ascott House and Cream Tea.
City Centre (Dudley Street) at 09:00, Edgbaston (Church Road) at 09:10, Harborne (Lordswood Road) at 09::25, Selly Oak (Oak Tree Lane) at 09:40, Bournville (Linden Road) at 09:45 and Kings Norton Railway Station (opposite side of Road) at 09:55..
To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you.
St Mary the Virgin Church Aylesbury
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