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Longford Castle, Bodenham Nr Salisbury

Sunday 01 September 2019

Departure: Liss Village car park 7.45am, Petersfield Festival Hall 8.00am. Return: c 6.00pm

This is a rare opportunity to visit Longford Castle, the private home of the Earl of Radnor and his family. It is not open to the general public, only opening its doors a few days a year for guided group tours.

The Longford Castle collection, formed by successive generations of the family since 1765, is one of the finest in the United Kingdom. It includes paintings by Van Dyck, Claude, Teniers and Hals, with British paintings by Reynolds and Gainsborough. The collection also houses oriental porcelain, Brussels tapestries and exceptional 18th century English and European furniture. The National Gallery has had a long association with Longford Castle.

NB The castle does not have toilet or refreshment facilities so, prior to our arrival, we will stop close to the castle for coffee and biscuits and a comfort break.

The special interest tour will start at 10.30am and last approximately 2 hours. Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity for a brief stroll in the formal gardens.

After the tour we will make the short drive to Salisbury where the coach will park in the cathedral area.

The remainder of the day is at leisure. The 13th century Gothic cathedral has Britian's tallest spire, Europe's oldest working clock and houses the world's best preserved original Magna Carta. There is a refectory restaurant and gift shop. In the cathedral close there is also Arundells (former home of Ted Heath, kept as he left it), and the Salisbury Museum with its significant archaeological collection relating to Stonehenge.

Tickets will be on sale at the May meeting. Cost £34.00 (including coach, admission fee to Longford Castle and guide book, morning cofffee and gratuities. Payment accepoted by cash or cheque (made payable to The Arts Society Petersfield).

Those on the waiting list are welcome to apply for places from June onwards.

Visits organisers:    Anne Church    Tel: 01730 265171

Janet Marshall                             Tel: 01730 263127