ItinerarY for 2018 english PROGRAMMES

English Programme 1: Sunday 1st July 2018 to Friday 20th July 2018

English Programme 2: Sunday 15th July 2018 to Friday 3rd August 2018

Full Itinerary for 2018

Programme 1
Download PDF for 1st July to 20th July 2018

Programme 2
Download PDF for 15th July to 3rd August 2018

Note to applicants: The programme administration will decide which programme to place you on depending on the number of places available on each. 

Some small details may change but the itinerary below will be regularly updated.


Day 1 Arrive in the incomparable Roman and Georgian city of Bath, meet your Open Palace Programme Leader, settle into your delightful accommodation and enjoy a welcome tea.

Day 2 Induction day – a chance to get to know the city of Bath and find out more about the programme with a special walking guide.

Days 3-5 You will take part in a series of focused practical seminars at the Bath Preservation Trust sites, including No 1 Royal Crescent. You will also have free time to explore the sites of this World Heritage City for yourselves such as the Roman Baths and the Jane Austen centre.

Royal Crescent, Bath


Stonehenge, image CC-SA-BY 3.0 Wigwulf

Royal Pavillion in Brighton, CC-SA-BY 3.0 XGKKP

Windsor Castle, CC-SA-BY 3.0 Josep Renalias


Days 6-8  We will visit the extraordinary prehistoric site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. 


Then we will travel on to stay in the vibrant and historic city of Brighton to experience some of their dazzling and imaginative heritage sites such as The Royal Pavilion, the exotic Pleasure Palace built for George IV. We will visit the Grade 1 Regency Town House and take part in a practical historic plastering activity and also enjoy a Regency themed formal dinner in the evening.


On Monday we will visit the historic town of Lewes to learn about their historic textiles and enjoy a high tea together and then travel on to Oxford. 


Day 9 We will  take a coach to Windsor Castle to enjoy a stimulating session with their specialist staff and then travel back to Oxford to stay in university accommodation. 


Day 10  You will have enjoy a specialist session at the famous Pitt Rivers Museum before we travel on to the outstanding Stowe Palace, a fabulous 18th century house and garden and enjoy a tour of the magnificent garden.


Day 11  You will be staying on the estate itself and you will enjoy a formal reception in the house and a picnic in the garden.

Stowe House, Buckinghamshire. Image CC-SA-BY 2.0 Wesley Trevor Johnston


Day 13   You will join the senior staff at Stowe Palace, where you will gain insights into the development of this palace in its magnificent setting. You will see conservation in action and learn about estate management at magnificent Stowe before travelling down to London.


Days 14 & 15  Free time in London.



Days 16 & 17 The moment you step inside the Tower of London you will appreciate the deep historical significance of the site. We will help you to imagine all the extraordinary royal history that has taken place at the palaces and take you through your programme for the week. You will participate in focused hands-on sessions with different specialists at the Historic Royal Palaces, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and the Tower of London.

Tower of London. image © Bob Collowan, CC-BY-SA-4.0, Wikimedia Commons


British Library, London. Image CC-BY 2.0 Andy Powell


Day 18  You will be enjoying a special session at the extraordinary British Library. 'Open to all visitors, the British Library offers exhibitions, events and a free Treasures gallery that displays over 200 items, including a  copy of the Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by the Beatles.'


Day 19 We will be visiting Apsley House on Hyde Park Corner,  the London home of the first Duke of Wellington and has changed very little since his victory at Waterloo in 1815. Built by Robert Adam in the 1770s it was transformed in the 1820s by the architect Benjamin Dean Wyatt.  It has one of the finest art collections in London, with paintings by Velazquez and Rubens, as well as a superb collection of silver and porcelain. It is still the London home of the 9th Duke of Wellington and managed by English Heritage since 2004.  Josephine Oxley, Keeper of The Wellington Collection at Apsley House will be leading your session.


We will also meet Tracy Borman, the internationally acclaimed writer and broadcaster and chief Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces  will lead a fascinating session on her career. 

Apsley House. Image CC BY-SA 2.0 Peter McDermott

London. Image CC-BY 2.0 Hamza Butt


Day 20 A visit to the renowned Wellcome Collection and a review of the programme. 

The full detailed itineraries for 2017 are available above as a PDF download. Please note each year's programme is slightly different.