This great house was the seat of the Temple-Grenville family, later Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos, until its sale in the 1920s and conversion into a school. In 1989 the National Trust took over the beautiful landscape gardens with 40 listed temples and monuments, and began a long-term restoration project. Meanwhile, the Stowe House Preservation Trust was established in 1997 to undertake a six-phase restoration plan, which has now reached a half-way point.
We have arranged a visit by coach, which will take us to this oustanding house and gardens in Buckinghamshire. After coffee upon arrival, we shall be given a guided tour of the most magnificent rooms in the house. Lunch is then available in the café at the New Inn (the National Trust's new visitor centre), or alternatively there is a picnic area. In the afternoon we shall have the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens. A 'land train' takes you to the garden entrance; it is possible to hire a self-drive buggy in advance.
The coach will leave the Croft Road Car Park, Worcester, at 9.00am, and return at approximately 6.30pm. If a member, please bring your National Trust card.
Tickets £25.00 (with an additional entrance fee of £7.60 to gardens for non-National Trust members)
Contact Caroline Hornyold on 01684 310389