This outing includes a visit to Reading Museum as well as the Reading Abbey ruins which have reopened after nine years and a multi-million pound programme of restoration. We will meet our guide at 10.30am to buy coffee before exploring the grounds of the magnificent abbey which was founded by Henry I, son of William the Conqueror.
In the museum you will be able to explore 200 years of ‘Biscuit Town’ history in the Huntley & Palmers Gallery. We will also have the opportunity to see a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Its creation was the idea of a skilled embroiderer, Elizabeth Wardle, in 1885, and it took 35 women over a year to complete.
After free time to buy lunch we board an old Edwardian boat for a cruise down-river to Henley, Queen of the Thames. The views along the river are outstanding, including beautiful medieval Sonning.
There is a bar on board which also sells hot drinks. Our coach will be waiting for us at Henley to head for home at about 5.30pm.
|Coach departure places and times (please note early start)|
|8am||Brockham Middle Street near junction with Oakdene Road|
|8.10am||Dorking outside Dorking Halls|
|8.15am||Dorking opposite Waitrose|
|8.20am||Dorking Knoll Road bus stop (on Horsham Road between Harrow Road East and Tower Hill Road)|
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