Historic Church Tours 2019 - Dorset Inspirations

Date:
11th July 2019
Time:
10.00-16.15
Price:
Member: £60.00
Non Member: £70.00
Address:
Meet at Weymouth train station
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Discover how three Dorset churches have inspired classic literature and architecture.


We begin the day at the undedicated church in Whitcombe, where poet and scholar, William Barnes, preached his first and last sermons. The church’s setting evokes the rustic atmosphere of old Dorset life and the church itself like a vision from a Thomas Hardy novel.

Our second stop is at the church of St. Peter’s in Winterborne Came, described as the quintessential country squire’s church. William Barnes was rector of this medieval church and is buried here. Step inside to see an interior refurnished in the 19th century.

After lunch we end the day looking out to sea from the stunning headland of Portland. St. George’s is one of Dorset’s most magnificent 18th-century churches and at one time was the only parish church on the Isle of Portland. The church is the work of a local mason named Thomas Gilbert whose grandfather supplied the Portland stone used to build St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

Please note that on all of our tours there is at the very at least a fair amount of walking, quite often over uneven and worn surfaces. They are not suitable for anyone with difficulties with everyday walking and stair-climbing.  In some cases coaches may not be able to park near the church and there may be walking over uneven land or tracks when approaching the church building. If you have any concerns please contact us on 0800 206 1463 before booking.

Dorset Inspirations FAQs

  • What is the tour capacity? We have enough room for 20 guests on this tour, so book early to avoid disappointment!
  • Where at Weymouth train station will we be meeting? We will be meeting outside the main entrance to the train station.
  • I would like to stay in the local area the night before. Are there any hotels near the train station that you would recommend? The Clifton Hotel and Bay Royal Hotel are both short walks from the train station. For more hotels, see Visit Dorset’s website.
  • I am planning to drive to Weymouth. What parking arrangements are available near the train station and how much does it cost to park? There are two car parks at the station, totalling 96 spaces. The day rate is £6.00.
  • How frequently do trains arrive and depart from Weymouth train station? Direct services between Weymouth and London depart from Waterloo twice an hour. Weymouth is also served by direct services from other stations including Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester. For more information on times and fares please see National Rail Enquiries.
  • What are the lunch arrangements? We plan to take lunch at the Heights Hotel, Portland.
  • Who will be the guide/lead on tour? So that we can deliver the highest quality experience in collaboration with the best local experts, we are not yet able to confirm who will be leading this tour. Once you have booked on, however, we will confirm with you who will lead this tour nearer to the start date.
  • How do I notify you of dietary requirements? You can notify us of any dietary requirements when making your booking online, over the phone or when completing a paper booking form. If we have not been able to capture your dietary requirements when making your booking then please email us at supporters@thecct.org.uk or call us on 0800 206 1463.
  • What is the cancellation/refund policy? If you are no longer able to make the tour after booking then please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel your booking more than one month before the tour start date, then you will be entitled to a full refund. If you cancel within one month of your tour then unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund, however we will do our best to offer you a place on another tour.

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