Oxford Centre of the National Trust
Programme of July Visits
|Tuesday 7th July 2020||National Space Centre, Leicester||£36|
|Thursday 23rd July 2020||Althorp||£37|
National Space Centre
The National Space Centre is a museum and educational resource covering the fields of space science and astronomy. The Centre has on display one of only three known Soyuz spacecraft in the West. The centre has six main galleries of exhibits and visitor activities covering space flight and cosmology. The attraction also includes the largest planetarium in the UK, a gift shop and a restaurant. There are lots of interactive exhibits and simulators. You can discover what it is like to live in space and also learn about black holes. There will be plenty of time to look around and there will be cake and tea (included in the cost) served before departure.
The home of 19 generations of the Spencer family since it was built 500 years ago. Althorp is a magnificent mansion with delightful gardens, a gift shop and a café. There are 19 splendid rooms to explore on 2 floors, but there is no lift, and walking aids, except sticks, are not allowed upstairs. There is top-quality china and furniture to be admired and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Poussin. There are 2 exhibitions: ‘The Spencers: The History of an English Family’ and one celebrating the relationship between the Spencer family and the ‘Animals of Althorp’. Diana, Princess of Wales, is buried on an island in the Oval Lake. This cannot be visited but there is a small memorial in the grounds.
On the day
We use Plastows Coaches for all our visits. The coach picks up passengers at Headington Shops, at The Playhouse and then either at Redbridge or Water Eaton Park and Ride depending on the destination.