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LONDON TO LONDON
12 Days aboard Nautica | Fares from $5,249 per guest
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Excursion 2: Athelhampton House
Tour Code: PTL-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)

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Departing the ship head for nearby Dorchester, the capital town of Dorset. Enjoy some free time to explore its quaint streets and buildings, perhaps shop for a bargain antique, before driving on to Athelhampton House.

A short drive from Dorchester takes you to the award winning historic Athelhampton House. Romantic Athelhampton House was built in 1485, and its chief glory is the Great Hall which is one of the finest examples of 5th Century domestic architecture in the country. Famous author Thomas Hardy's father, a builder, was involved in restoration works to the Great Hall and West Wing roofs in the 19th Century. It was during these times that Thomas Hardy himself first visited Athelhampton at the age of 19.

Visit the inside of the house at your leisure and view the richly furnished and decorated rooms, all retaining their original period features and contents. Afterwards view the magnificent gardens. Laid down in 1891, the Grade 1 listed gardens contain famous Topiary pyramids as well as a magnificent collection of Magnolias, roses and seasonal plants. Return to your ship in time for lunch aboard.

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