Enjoy a wonderful contrast of experiences as we explore Saffron Walden, learn wartime secrets and ingenuity at IWM Duxford and Bletchley Park, and enjoy lunch at Audley End House.
Day 1 After your taxi pick up, we travel by coach to St Albans where we have a break for lunch and sightseeing. We continue to our hotel in Letchworth, arriving to tea and biscuits and time to relax before dinner.
Day 2 Our excursion today takes us to Bletchley Park, once Britain’s best kept secret, home to the secret WWII Enigma decoding machine, and also birthplace of the modern computer. It is now a heritage site where we can explore some of the iconic codebreaking huts, see the Enigma Machines and a wartime mini-cinema, all housed in the ornate Victorian mansion which was Intelligence HQ during the war. We return via Bedford, on the banks of the Great Ouse.
Day 3 This morning we visit the beautiful town of Saﬀron Walden with free time to visit the shops, museums and cafés. At lunchtime we transfer to Audley End House, a ﬁne Jacobean mansion with stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside. We have an included one-plate hot lunch and time to explore the house to ﬁnd out more about life above and below stairs.
Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the superb Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Formally an RAF base, Duxford is today Europe’s foremost aviation museum. See the spectacular collection of British and American planes, as well as a huge collection of tanks, vehicles, naval exhibits and artefacts.
Day 5 We depart after breakfast and make our way to the local area making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We join our taxis midafternoon and continue home.
Dating back to 1625 this former old English manor house retains many Jacobean features including a Minstrels Gallery, Jacobean ﬁreplace and mellow oak panelling, and stands in eight acres of grounds in Hertfordshire. All guests have free use of the leisure facilities at the adjacent health club, which has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, ironing facilities, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to most rooms.