Fine Arts in Glasgow
4 days from £539 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Discover a city renowned for its architecture, internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries and friendliness of its people. We explore the unique masterpieces of one of the city’s most celebrated designers, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, at Hill House and House for an Art Lover. Mackintosh had considerable influence on European design during the post-impressionist movement. Further highlights include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and a guided tour and cream tea at Dumfries House.
Travel to the airport for our flight to Glasgow. On arrival in Glasgow we will board our coach and transfer to the hotel for check-in. We can enjoy some free time in Glasgow city for individual sightseeing. There will be the chance to visit Glasgow’s medieval cathedral and the adjacent Necropolis; a garden full of Victorian architecture and sculptures, or the world’s oldest surviving music hall – the Britannia Panopticon and the Gallery of Modern Art. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.
After breakfast we visit Provards Lordship, which was built in 1471 as part of a hospital in the cathedral precinct, and is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow. Beautifully preserved, the “auld hoose” is furnished with a fine selection of 17th-century Scottish furniture donated by Sir William Burrell, and a series of historic royal portraits. The room settings give a flavour of household interiors around 1500 and 1700. Behind the building sits the St Nicholas Garden, a medicinal herb garden which is an oasis of calm, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Time for lunch before continuing to Dumfries House for our guided tour. Dumfries House is an 18th century Palladian country house set in 2,000 acres. Built in the 1750s for William Dalrymple, 5th Earl of Dumfries, by John & Robert Adam. The house contains the largest single collection of Thomas Chippendale furniture. We enjoy a cream tea in the café (included) before returning to our hotel late afternoon.
Today we have a morning visit to Hill House (NT property) where we explore the house at our leisure. Hill House overlooks the River Clyde and is widely regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. The house exhibits pieces of Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design. There is a shop and a tea room onsite offering refreshments (not included). This afternoon we visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, which houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections. The gallery was designed by Sir John W Simpson and E. J Milner Allen, constructed in Spanish Baroque style and opened in 1901 as the Palace of Fine Arts. The art collection includes works by the Old Masters, French Impressionists, Dutch Renaissance and Scottish Colourists. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.
After checking out of our hotel we visit House for an Art Lover. House for an Art Lover was designed by the internationally renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 and is situated in Bellahouston Park. Construction began in 1989 and was opened to the public in 1996. There is a café, gallery and shop onsite. Later, we board our coach and transfer to Glasgow Airport for our flight to home.
The exact order of the itinerary is subject to change and to flight times.
The Burrell Collection will be closed for a major renovation between 2016 & 2020
The 4* Marriott Glasgow is just a short walk from the city centre and offers modern and comfortable bedrooms, free wifi and an indoor pool and spa. International cuisine is served at the hotel’s Source Grill restaurant while snacks and drinks are available from the Chats Cafe Bar. Room amenities include coffee/tea making facilities, a safe, hairdryer, satellite TV, air conditioning and en suite bathroom.
• Return flights from selected UK airports
• 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
• Dinner at the hotel on the first and last night
• Excursions and inclusions as per itinerary
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
• Entry to National Trust properties for non-members
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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