Tours of Excellence
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8 Day - Methodist Tour of England, UK

Day One - Airport Transfer - London
Arrive into London and take the Heathrow Express into central London and check-in at your accommodation for the next 3 nights.

Day Two - Westminster Abbey - Methodist Central Hall - London
Today enjoy a tour of London to include some Methodist sights, starting with a visit to Westminster Abbey, to view the memorial tablet to John and Charles Wesley. Charles Wesley attended Westminster School (adjacent), where Samuel Wesley Junior taught. This will be followed by a visit to Methodist Central Hall, meeting place of the first United Nations General Assembly.

Day Three - Wesley's Chapel - Bunhill Fields Cemetery - St Paul's Cathedral - London
After breakfast, depart for a morning visit to Wesley's Chapel, home and museum on City Road (subject to availability), built in 1778. He lived here from 1779 until his death in 1791 and his burial place is behind the chapel. This will be followed by a visit to Bunhill Fields Cemetery, the burial place of Susanna Wesley, Daniel Defoe, Issac Watts, William Blake and John Bunyan. Continue to Aldersgate Street area to view Charterhouse, school buildings where John Wesley entered at age of ten before John Bray's House, the house where Charles Wesley was converted on 21st May, 1738 and where he declared 'I believe' about 10:00pm on 24th May. Both Wesley's lodged here between 1738-1739 and wrote and published hymns and sacred poems. Finally visit St Paul's Cathedral, to view the statue of John Wesley where Wesley worshipped during whit week in 1738 and stay on for Evensong.

Day Four - Salisbury Methodist Church - Stonehenge - Glastonbury Abbey - Bristol
Depart London for the journey to Bristol, stopping for morning service at Salisbury Methodist Chapel, where the original preaching house was replaced in 1810, and later remodelled. Francis Asbury was superintendent minister before being sent to America by John Wesley in 1771, becoming first Bishop. This will be followed by an afternoon visit to the mystical and awe-inspiring stone circle at Stonehenge. Continue to Glastonbury Abbey, where for centuries travellers and pilgrims have visited this sacred site, situated in the heart of the beautiful county of Somerset and traditionally the seat of Christianity in England and steeped in legend. Take the final journey to Bristol to check in at your accommodation, your base for the next 2 nights.

Day Five - New Room - Charles Wesley's House - Hanham Mount- Bristol
Enjoy a full day tour of the Wesley sights, starting with a visit to The New Room (John Wesley's Chapel), the oldest Methodist building in the world, built in 1739 and enlarged in 1748. It was John Wesley's first headquarters after he stared preaching outdoor to the poor of Bristol. Above the chapel, are the rooms where John and Charles Wesley stayed and it's now redecorated, as it was in Wesley's day. This will be followed by a visit to Charles Wesley's House, a Georgian house where Charles Wesley lived with his wife and children. The house is arranged as closely as possible to how it was when it was the Wesley's family home from 1766-1771. There is an exhibition room and study, where Charles wrote some of his 7,000 hymns. In the afternoon stop at Hanham Mount, to view the bronze plaque to John Welsey and George Whitefield who first preached in the open air in 1739.

Day Six - Oxford Sightseeing Tour - Christchurch College - Lincoln College - Oxford
Depart Bristol for the journey to Oxford for a tour of the "city of dreaming spires" to include a visit to Christchurch College and Lincoln College and to pause to view St Edmund Hall. Here we can imagine the young John Wesley intensely presiding over the Holy Club which consisted of a group of students called "Methodists". Enjoy some free time for shopping before checking in at your hotel in Oxford for overnight.

Day Seven - Epworth Rectory - Wesley Memorial Church - St Andrew's Parish Church - Epworth
Depart Oxford for the journey to Epworth, where Wesley was born on June 17, 1703. He was the 15th of 19 children born to Susanna Wesley and her husband, Samuel, an Anglican clergyman. At Epworth we'll visit the birthplace of John and Charles Wesley, the Epworth Rectory, the Wesley Memorial Church and St. Andrew's Parish Church. It was at St. Andrew's where the Reverend Samuel Wesley served for 39 years and where John preached outdoors by his father's grave. Check-in at your hotel in Epworth for overnight.

Day Eight - Airport Transfer - Heathrow
Depart for the transfer to your airport hotel at Heathrow for overnight.

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