Nottingham and Wollaton Hall Heritage Tour

Saturday 12 April
Coach departs Northwich Memorial Hall at 9.00am
Other pick-ups available

At over 3,000 square metres, Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest contemporary art centres in the UK. It has four galleries - lit by 132 skylights. The building appears larger on the inside than outside, since much of its north end is sunk into the sandstone cliff that runs the length of the city centre.

Somewhat Abstract is a selection of abstract works from the Arts Council Collection. Virtually every significant movement in art since 1945 is touched upon in the selection, which includes celebrated figures such as Bridget Riley, Francis Bacon, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rachel Whiteread, Anthony Caro, Frank Auerbach and Richard Deacon, as well as a host of lesser known but influential figures past and present.

Other attractions in the city include Nottingham Castle, the Galleries of Justice, Lace Market, Museum of Nottingham Life and Nottingham Cathedral. The cathedral architect was Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin who also designed the interior of The Houses of Parliament.

After lunch we visit Wollaton Hall. It was originally designed by Robert Smythson and built for Sir Francis Willoughby, being completed following in 1588 - the year of the Spanish Armada. The building is in the English Renaissance style and its flamboyant design is considered to be a masterpiece. Following a fire in 1642 the interior was extensively remodelled, and again radically redesigned by Sir Jeffry Wyatville in the late 18th and early 19th centuries for the 6th Lord Middleton. The exterior remains little altered since its construction and is as stunning today as it was in 1588. It is home to the city's natural history museum. On display are some of the best items from the three quarters of a million specimens that make up its zoology, geology, and botany collections. There are also period room settings.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem - the oldest pub in England, dating back to 1189. Information here.

Nottingham City Map here.

Book tickets here.