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 Itineraries for 2017

Download PDF for 2nd July to 21st July 2017

Download PDF for 16th July to 4th August 2017

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

Some some 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.


On Sunday afternoon we will all enjoy afternoon tea together and travel to historic Windsor Castle. 


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


Day 10 You will have time to explore Oxford 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 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. You will consider the challenges posed by the development of their new visitor centre. You will be staying on the estate itself and you will enjoy a delicious formal dinner in the house.

Bridge of Sighs, Oxford. CC-SA-BY 3.0 Tom Murphy VII

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


Day 13 We will travel to Woburn Abbey, the splendid Palladian stately home to work with their curator and we will stay in the charming village of Woburn.   


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 Museum, London. Image CC-BY-SA 3.0 David Iliff


Day 18  You will be enjoying a special session at the British Museum.


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 visit Fulham Palace, a remarkable historic building by the Thames where you will 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

Fulham Palace. Image CC-BY-SA 3.0 Edwardx


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.