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Nostalgia & Tradition in the Heart of England

Destination: Heart Of EnglandOperator: Crusader Holidays Terms
Departs: 26/05/2024Type: Sight Seeing
Duration: 5 daysQuality: Good * * *
Departs Via: All AreasBoard: Half Board
Tour Code: J47464Transport: Coach Pickup
5 Day UK Holiday Insurance £35.00 per person
Per passenger supplement for pick up from Dover, Folkestone, Canterbury or Ashford £25.00 per person
Single Room £85.00 per person
Adults £539.00
Deposit Per Person £75.00
* Children: Not allowed
* Babies: Not allowed
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Based in a countryside 4* hotel, take a nostalgic journey to explore the treasures and traditions of times gone by in lovely Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Discover the Crich Tramway Village, home of The National Tramway Museum with its world renowned vintage trams trundling along a unique period street. Denby Pottery Village, Southwell Minster and Newstead Abbey Gardens make a wonderful contrast on this fascinating tour. There is also a visit to Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills, a UNESCO World Heritage site and time at leisure in Matlock Bath

Departure points to suit you...
Crusader Holidays uses an interchange system, taking place at either Beaconsfield Services (M40), South Mimms Services (M25/A1M) or Thurrock Services (M25).

Here you may have to change to your holiday coach and we are renowned for ensuring that this is smooth and efficient.

The holiday coaches typically depart from Beaconsfield Services at 11.15, Thurrock Services at around 09.30 and South Mimms Services at 10.30. Some customers find it more convenient to join direct at the interchange, please let is know when booking if this is the case.

*Due to increased operational costs, from Monday 16th October 2023 Dover, Folkestone, Canterbury & Ashford joining points will be subject to a £25.00 per person supplement on all 2024 UK Tours.

NOTE: Pick up points are a guide so please refer to your holiday confirmation for specific locations as details are subject to change.
Tour Highlights
- Hotel for 4 nights with breakfast & dinner (in a function suite)- Entrance to Crich Tramway Village- Visit to The Denby Pottery Village- Visit to Newstead Abbey Garden- Visit of Southwell Minster with guided tour- Guided tour of Cromford Mills- Time at leisure in Matlock Bath- Porterage

Treasures of times gone by
Day 1 - After joinimg your holiday coach, head to Central England. There will be comfort stops on the way to Eastwood Hall for your 4-night stay with breakfast and dinner.

Days 2 - 4 - At leisure with three included excursions


Crich Tramway Village & Denby Pottery Village
Head to the Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum, to be transported back in time on a vintage tram through the unique period street and out into the open countryside for spectacular views. Watch as trams are restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery and soak up the atmosphere in the period shops or the unique Red Lion pub. Admission included. Afterwards pop over to Denby Pottery Village and visit the Factory Shop, home to both the latest designs as well as discontinued ranges in quality seconds, glass, and accessories. Don't miss the excellent farm shop, deli and cafe

Cromford Mills & Matlock Bath
Cromford Mills was rescued from dereliction in the 1970s by the newly formed Arkwright Society, and has been restored back to how it would have looked in the 1770's when Sir Richard Arkwright changed the world by building the first successful water powered cotton spinning factory and introducing the world to mass production. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and the original mill houses a major interactive exhibition immerses the visitor into the average working day in the mill in the 18th century. There are also numerous shops on the Derwent Valley Mill's site, as well as a café and local cheese shop. The village of Cromford was originally built by Sir Richard Arkwright especially for his mill workers and is full of picturesque cottages, shops and an attractive market square

Later on, head off to characterful Matlock Bath, set in the beautiful gorge of the river Derwent, with attractive riverside gardens, wooded hillsides and rocky limestone crags. A popular tourist destination since the late 17th Century when the spa waters were discovered, its' heyday was in Victorian, times when it became known as "Little Switzerland" by the poet, Lord Byron. There is a cable car ride (fare not included) that takes you up to The Heights of Abraham, where the wooded country park is crowned with the Victoria Prospect Tower

Southwell Minster & Newstead Abbey Gardens
Take in the awe-inspiring view as you approach those impressive towers looming up over Southwell. Southwell Minster wouldn't look out of place in Game of Thrones, and never fails to inspire wonderment at the human capacity to conceive and create such an incredible, iconic structure. Built over Saxon and Roman foundations, it blends 12th and 13th century features, including zigzag door frames and curved arches. Its chapterhouse features some unusual stained glass and detailed carvings of faces, animals and leaves of forest trees

Newstead Abbey is a treasure trove of the rare, beautiful and historically significant - from Romantic poet Lord Byron through Medieval, Victorian and Gothic Revival. Boasting stunning grounds and parklands, explore acres of meandering pathways, secret gardens, waterfalls and woodlands where peacocks roam and romantics wander. Please note: the house is not open

Day 5 - Enjoy breakfast, check out and join the coach heading to interchange, with a stop in pretty Stamford on the way.
Venue Information
4* Eastwood Hall, Nottingham
Located in an unforgettable setting, easily accessible and just a short drive away from the city of Nottingham. A contemporary hotel with modern and stylish space.

150 comfy guest rooms each with TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Leisure Centre and Lift.

Please note: Single rooms are doubles for sole use.
Hotel/Attraction Links
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Pick-Up Points
.Amersham Bus Stop, Railway Station End Map
.Ashford Bus Stop Opposite Catholic Church Map
.Aston Clinton Bus Stop,ADJ Layby Map
.Aylesbury Bus Shelters E2 & E3 Map
.Basildon Coach Stop Outside Trafford House Map
.Beaconsfield Beaconsfield Services, Coach Bays Map
.Beckenham Bus Stop R Near War Memorial Map
.Berkhamsted Bus Stop Outside WHSmith Map
.Bexleyheath Central Library Map
.Bicester Outside JB Barbers Map
.Billericay Bus Stop Map
.Birchanger M11 Services Coach Park Map
.Bletchley Bus Station Map
.Brentwood Bus Stop - Near Holiday Inn Map
.Brighton Bus Stop Opposite Joker PH Map
.Bromley Outside Bromley South Railway Station Map
.Buckhurst Hill Outside Premier Inn Map
.Bury St Edmunds Tesco St Saviours Interchange Map
.Canterbury Canterbury East Railway Station Map
.Chatham Go Outdoors Bus Stop, Adjacent To Gala Bingo Map
.Chatham Outside Holiday Inn Map
.Chelmsford Coach Bay Map
.Chesham Bus Stop Map
.Cheshunt Turners Hill (B176) Map
.Clacton-on-Sea Outside Railway Station Map
.Cobham Cobham Services Map
.Colchester Coach Stop Stand A Map
.Colchester United Way, Near Football Stadium Map
.Dartford Bus Stop Opposite Aldi Map
.Dover Bus Stop A Map
.Dover Dover Passenger Terminal Map
.Dunstable Bus Stop Outside Poundland Map
.Eltham Railway Station Bus Terminus Map
.Faversham Bus Stop Opp Makenade Ave Map
.Folkestone Bus Stop Outside BP Garage Map
.Gravesend Layby Outside Sainsburys Map
.Grays The Oak Public House Map
.Haddenham Bus Stop Map
.Harlow Bus Station, Near Taxi Rank Map
.Hatfield Galleria Centre Main Entrance Bus Stop Map
.Hazlemere A404 Opp, Hazelmere Court, Outside Shell Garage Map
.Hemel Hempstead Bus Stop M Map
.High Wycombe The Coachway, Bus Stop A Map
.Hornchurch North Street Queens Theatre Bus Stop Map
.Ipswich Railway Station Map
.Kelvedon Bus Stop Outside The Institute Map
.Kirby Cross Bus Stop Opposite Railway Station Map
.Leighton Buzzard Outside British Legion Map
.Luton Travel Lodge Map
.Maidenhead Outside Stafferton Lodge Map
.Maidstone Bus Stop Adj To Moncktons Lane Map
.Marks Tey Bus Stop Outside Fish & Chip Shop Map
.Milton Keynes Bus Shelter W3 O/s Weatherspoons Map
.Newmarket Outside Hughes Electrical Store Map
.Newport Pagnell Tickford End Bus Stop, Opposite Downs Field Map
.Northampton Bus Stop Opposite Europcar Rental Map
.Northampton The Coach Park, Northampton Services Map
.Northchurch Darrs Lane Bus Stop Map
.Olney Bus Stop Opposite The Bull Hotel Map
.Pease Pottage M23 Services Map
.Rainham Outside Cricketers PH Map
.Rayleigh Outside Railway Station Map
.Reading Gateway Layby Opposite Burger King Map
.Reading Bus Stop NC (outside Car Park), Reading Railway Station Map
.Redbridge Outside Tube Station Map
.Reigate Bus Stop R - Outside Buenos Aires Steakhouse Map
.Rochester Bus Lay By Near Dickens Centre Map
.Romford Bus Stop H Map
.Sevenoaks Bus Layby O/S Rail Station Map
.Sittingbourne Bus Stop 1, Bus Hub Map
.Slough Salt Hill Three Tuns, Opposite Metro Bank Map
.South Benfleet New Bus Stop Map
.South Mimms M25/A1M Services Coach Park Map
.St Albans Bus Stop Outside DM Jewellers Map
.Strood Bus Stop By Prince Of Wales Map
.Thame Bus Layby Outside Town Hall Map
.Thurrock Moto Services Coach Park Map
.Tring Bus Shelter Near Church Map
.Tunbridge Wells Bus Stop B Near Railway Station Map
.Upminster Bus Stop A Opp. Railway Station Map
.Waltham Cross Hertford Road Bus Stop Map
.Watford Bus Stand One, Watford Junction Station Map
.Wendover The George & Dragon PH Map
.Wheatley M40 Services - Coach Layby Map
.Wickford Halls Corner Map
.Witham Newland Street Map
.Wokingham Railway Interchange, Stop 1 Map
.Woodford Green Bus Stop Outside St Aubyns School Map
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