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Malmesbury & Bowood House


14 August 2012

Non-members £3

Leave from Newbury Rugby Club at 9.30am, return approx 6pm. Cost £20, including admission charge to Bowood House and Gardens.

The outward journey will be via Malmesbury (Arrive 11am). Malmesbury is a beautiful hill-top town built of Cotswold stone and surrounded by the River Avon. It has been called “the queen of the hilltop towns” and “the jewel of North Wiltshire”. It has plenty to see and visit including the museum in the town hall, shops, cafes and riverside walks as well as the famous Abbey and Abbey House gardens. There are plenty of cafés, public houses and restaurants should you wish to have lunch, or a break before reaching Bowood House. (Leave 1pm)

Bowood House (Arrive 1.30pm), family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, was built during the eighteenth century to the designs of Henry Keene and Robert Adam. The Chapel and the famous Terraced Gardens were added in the nineteenth century. Important rooms include the Adam Orangery and Library, Dr Priestley’s Laboratory where oxygen was discovered, and the Sculpture Gallery. There are fine collections of paintings, watercolours, sculpture, porcelain, Victoriana and Indiana.

This magnificent Wiltshire stately home stands within one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s most beautiful parks, with gently sloping lawns stretching down to the lake and distant views to the chalk downlands. Delights within the park include the Cascade, Doric Temple, Terrace Gardens and Rhododendron Walks. [Please note: There is an extra charge for the Rhododendron Walks.]

Temple Gate Coffee Shop with freshly prepared, home-cooked food is a favourite with all Bowood visitors. The light and spacious surroundings provide a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a tea & coffee or a light lunch. The Terrace Gift Shop has a wide range or affordable Bowood souvenirs. (Le

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