Romsey Abbey and Edmonsham House

Date: Wednesday 12 August 2015

Romsey Abbey and the historic town of Romsey together with a personal tour of Edmonsham House near Cranborne Chase

Romsey Abbey and Edmonsham House
Romsey Abbey and Edmonsham House

The coach will first stop at Romsey Abbey around 9.45, where we shall have coffee in the Abbey Cafe. We shall then have a guided tour of about 1 hour covering its many treasures and traditions not least being Earl Mountbatten's grave.  you will then have time to explore the town and choose a place for lunch at your expense. You might also wish to explore King John's House opposite the Abbey. . This dates from 1256 and costs £2.  It has the Miss Moody Tea Room and the Moody Museum and Gunshop, a fascinating insight into Romsey's Victorian and Edwardian past.

At 13.45 the coach will leave to take us to Edmonsham House situated near Cranborne Chase, where we should arrive around 14.20.  This is the home of Mrs Julia Smith, whose brother Sir Mervyn Medlycott owns Sanford Orcas Manor and is a fine Tudor Manor House with Georgian additions. Mrs Smith will show us around and describe some of the amazing collection of family artefacts that are in several of the rooms. As well as a Victorian Stable Block and Dairy there are 6 acres of lawns, shrubs and fine trees including a lovely walled garden and an organic vegetable garden. Tea at 16.30 will complete the visit, enabling us to leave for Sherborne at 17.00

Time of departure from Culverhayes Car Park                     08.00

Approximate time of return                                               18.15

Cost £30   This will include the coach, entrance fees and coffee at Romsey Abbey and tea and cake at Edmonsham House.

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