26 July @ 8:00 am - 27 July @ 5:00 pm
An overnight visit to Coventry to see the Cathedral, Mediaeval Guildhall, and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, plus Compton Verney Art Gallery.
The cost per person is £215, with no single supplement. Click here to book a place with a £50 deposit. Full payment will be requested by 1 June.
We will travel by coach from York Memorial Gardens, leaving at 8.45 am. Our first stop in Coventry will be the Cathedral where there will be a tour with special reference to the glass and the connections between York Minster and Coventry. This will be followed by a tour of the nearby Mediaeval Guildhall, recently the subject of an extensive redevelopment programme and only re-opened this year. This building is of historic significance as well as being one of the many sites where Mary Queen of Scots was held after her flight to England and is home to the Coventry Tapestry.
After staying the night at the Premier Inn (Earlsdon Park) in Coventry, there will be time the following morning for Friends to visit the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum before travelling back to York, stopping off at Compton Verney Art Gallery. This lovely gallery is set in a Capability Brown landscape and was converted into a gallery by Sir Peter Moores of the John Moores Foundation with the assistance of Brian Hayton, former curator of the Yorkshire Museum. There we will have a tour of the permanent collection and Friends will also be able to visit the special exhibitions, Magnum: Where Ideas are Born and David Batchelor: Colour is. A light lunch will be provided in a private dining room. From Compton Verney we will travel back to York, arriving at approximately 6.30-7pm.
Please note that the Guildhall is not now open until June 2022 and although we have a provisional booking, this will not be confirmed for a few weeks. However, an assurance has been given that our tour will be possible so I am 90% certain it will go ahead.