Oxford Centre of the National Trust
Programme of Visits
|Wednesday 4th December 2019||Afternoon Tea at Linton Lodge||£18|
|Friday 7th February 2020||Lunch at Oxford Brookes Restaurant 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm||£22|
|Wednesday 25th March 2020||The Vyne (NT)||£18|
|Saturday 4th April 2020||Kenwood House||£21|
|Thursday 23rd April 2020||Worcester||£22|
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.
Lunch at Oxford Brookes Restaurant
Join us as we say farewell to the restaurant, before it closes in May.
Kelmscott pork fillet and belly, celeriac puree, apple and hazelnut emulsion
English custard and nutmeg tart with new season rhubarb
Tea or Coffee
On 17th March, as part of our lecture series, we have a talk by George Roberts on 'Reroofing the Vyne' so it seems appropriate to pay a visit and see the completed work for ourselves, especially as there are now rooms open to the public for the first time.
The house was built by Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain and has been added to and altered throughout its life. It has many historic features including a pre-Reformation chapel, Tudor oak gallery with 16th century woodcarving and a Neoclassical hall. We will also learn about William Wiggett Chute and his family who lived at the Vyne in the mid 19th century.
Outside there are formal gardens, sweeping lawns, woodlands and wetlands plus the usual NT gift shop, plant sales and a second-hand bookshop.
Catering: The Brewhouse tea room serves light lunches, soup, sandwiches, cakes etc. Picnics welcome.
Access: the coach will drop off at the Visitor Reception. From there it is 500 metres to the house, tea room and shop. A buggy service that takes 5 people at a time has been requested. The ground floor of the house is accessible, while the first floor can be reached only by stairs which have no handrails. However a photo album and information are available about the upstairs rooms. Outside the paths are mostly flat and have gravelled or hard surfaces.
Kenwood House was bought by Edward Guinness and bequeathed to the nation. It is now cared for by English Heritage. It was originally built in the 17th century and acquired in 1754 by the first Earl of Mansfield, who commissioned Robert Adam to remodel the house. His breathtaking interiors are on show today, especially the Great Library, which was restored in 2013. The star attractions at Kenwood are the world-class paintings, including those of Vermeer, Turner, Gainsborough, Rembrandt and Van Dyck.
The house is surrounded by landscaped gardens and set in over 100 acres of parkland, on the crest of Hampstead Heath. There are meandering paths onto the heath, from where there are magnificent views over London.
Catering: The Brew House Cafe serves hot food and drinks, but it can get very busy; there are lots of places to picnic
Access: There is a short walk from the drop off point at the East Lodge, to the house. The paths are of loose gravel and grass.
Worcester is a very attractive city situated on the banks of the River Severn. There are all the normal places that you would expect to find in a large town in the way of shops and places to eat and drink. No specific bookings have been made but there are four interesting places to visit and these are all within five minutes walk from each other.
1. Worcester Cathedral is one of the most architecturally interesting of the English Cathedrals as different additions to the fabric represent every English architectural style from Norman to Perpendicular Gothic. Inside you can see among other things, the tomb of King John and a stained glass window containing a portrait of the composer Sir Edward Elgar, who lived in Worcester. Admission is free.
2. The Museum of Royal Worcester. You can discover 250 years of colourful history through the world’s largest collection of Worcester Porcelain. Admission is £5.50 and includes an audio guide.
3. Greyfriars House and Garden. This is a late medieval merchant’s house which was nearly demolished but was rescued and restored by a group of individuals including the Matley-Moore family. It is now owned by the National Trust and admission is therefore free to members.
4. The Commandery was the Royalist headquarters in the civil war battle of Worcester in 1651. Here you can discover Worcester’s Civil War Story, an interactive experience that will take you back over 350 years into a murky, conflicted 17th century Worcester of fiery debates. Experience life as a soldier 300 miles from home, test your skills at battle strategy and come face-to-face with Oliver Cromwell! Admission is £7.00.
For a more relaxing time you could take a stroll along the bank of the River Severn and look across the river to Worcestershire county cricket ground at New Road.