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CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SITES IN NORTHERN BRITAIN

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Possible Tour of Britain

 

Day 1 Arrive in Scotlandís largest city and visit its Reformation sites and art galleries.

 

Day 2 Now things really begin, from Glasgow drive north along the picturesque shores of Loch Loomond to Oban where you board a ferry to the beautiful isle of Mull. Drive across Mull and take another short ferry to historic Iona.

††††††††††† In Iona walk past the old nunnery and the historic graveyard that contains the remains of a score of Scottish and even some Norse Kings, on to the restored Abbey Church. The after seeing the work of todayís Iona Community walk back to the village and onto the beach were in the 8th century Viking raiders slaughtered most of the scholars whose main task was to copy the Bible in an age before printing. Go back to the ferry and on to Oban where you can spend the night.

 

Day 3 From Oban drive across Scotland to the ancient fortress city of Stirling and visit one of the most important castles on Scottish history. Then its on to Edinburgh where you can see what is probably the most famous castle in Britain. Here in the 11th Century, Queen Margaret, directed the defense of her adopted homeland two decades after the same Norman had slaughtered her brother and the nobles of Saxon England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Margaret, who was known for her saintly deeds and devotion to Christ, died during the siege and her body was lowered down the walls to prevent its capture and desecration by the Normans.

 

Day 4 Begins with a tour of Reformation Edinburgh including St. Giles Cathedral and John Knoxís house before visiting Holyrood Palace and the National Gallery of Scotland which contain many magnificent masterpieces.

 

Day 5 Go on to Lindesfarne, popularly know as Holy Island, where the Monks of Iona established a sister monastery from which British missionaries evangelized Northern Europe in the 7th and 8th centuries before its destruction by the Vikings in 7. Leaving Lintesfarne go to Jarrow and Bedeís World that is arguably the only major museum in Europe devoted to a great Christian leader. From Jarrow go on to Durham were you can visit the ancient Romanesque Cathedral and see the graves of Bede and Cuthbert.

 

Day 6 From Durham go on to the ancient Roman city, Saxon capital, Vinking base, and Christian mission center of York where we see the largest Cathedral and the second most important Anglican church in England. A walk around the ancient walls and through the medieval town completes the day

 

Day 7 Now enter Wesley country visiting the Epworth vicarage where the great preacher John Wesley and his hymn writing brother Charles spent their childhood. From here go to Bedford to see the church where John Bunyan was converted and the prison where he spend many years writing such great works as The Pilgrimís Progress. Finally, end the day in Gloucester where we see where the great 18th century evangelist George Whitefield spent his youth and the church where he was converted.

 

Day 8 Now go to Bristol and the oldest Methodist chapel in the world. Here you can see one of the worldís few fortified pulpits specially designed for John Wesley to prevent pro-slavery mobs from lynching him. From there visit St. Maryís Redcliffe which Queen Elizabeth the first described as the most beautiful church in England. In the afternoon continue on to the ancient Christian settlement of Glastonbury to see the ruins of its historic abbey where according to legend King Arthur is buried.

 

Day 9 In the morning visit the cathedral of Wells followed by nearby Bath Abby and the regal Georgian town with its impressive Roman Baths. Leaving Bath in the late afternoon drive on to Oxford.

 

Day 10 Spend the day visiting churches and colleges to see the many treasures of the historic city of Oxford, that gave birth to so many dynamic Christian movements.

 

Day 11 Today go north again to the historic city of Chester where King Alfredís daughter organized the defenses of a thriving Christian community against pagan Viking invaders. Leaving Chester cross England to the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and nearby Ripon Cathedral.

 

Day 12 Now itís on to Hexham Priory, once the most important church north of the alps, then on a Roman army camp and the famed Hadrianís Wall. From here go to Penrith and then Keswick to visit the heart of the English lake district and the home of Englandís famed Keswick Convention that has served as a major inspiration for missionary and revival movements for over a century.

 

Day 13 Today go to Cockermouth to see the Wordsworth museum and a quaint market town before going on to Whitehaven from where the Washington family sailed to America. Along the way you can see some of the ancient Saxon stone crosses for which Cumbrai is famous. Then visit Carlisle with its small Cathedral, where the famed Christian apologist William Paley is buried, and noble castle that withstood many sieges by Scottish armies.

 

Day 14 Itís back to Glasgow and home.