First stop will be Great Malvern where there will be approximately 2 hours free time over lunch . Starting life as a Benedictine Monastery in the 11th Century, much of the original architecture still remains, although numerous renovations over the centuries has hidden some of it away. The Priory fell during the disillusionment of the Monasteries, bought about by Henry VII., However the Priory Church was saved by a petition by the local inhabitants and eventually purchased by them for the sum of £20.. Click here to read more about the History of the Priory Church. 
In the afternoon we visit "The Firs" now managed by the National Trust it was formerly known as the "Elgar Birthplace Museum. On arrival we will be treated to an introductory talk on Elgar before visiting the Visitor Centre and the cottage where he was born. Elgar frequently came to Birmingham and is probably mot famously linked with the City for the Premiere of "Dream of Gerontius" at Town Hall in October 1900. For more information about "The Firs" please click here  
Please Note that the Visitor Centre is fully accessible, however the Firs Cottage is on 2 floors with the upstairs section accessed by a narrow staircase. Photographs of the upper floor are available to view if you cannot manage the stairs.  
There are many places to eat in Great Malvern and there is a cafe area for teas and cakes at The Firs. 
Approx 2 hours in Great Malvern and 2 1/2 at The Firs  
Price £21.00 for National Trust Members (please bring your membership cards with you) 
Price £27.00 for non-members of the National Trust includes entrance fee. 
Depart from outside City Centre (Dudley Street) at 09:15, Edgbaston (Church Road) at 09:30, Harborne (Lordswood Road) at 09:45, Selly Oak (Oak Tree Lane), Bournville Green (opposite Ruskin Hall) at 10:00 and Kings Norton Railway Station (opposite side of road) 10:05 
To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you. 
"Enjoyed my visit with Caltours to Butlers Yard today !" 
DB - New Forest part of a Short Break (via Facebook) 5th August 2017 
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