Holidays for...culture lovers

Holidays for...culture lovers

For literary lovers

Swansea: Visit the birthplace of Dylan Thomas and get an inside look at his childhood home. Faithfully restored to its 1914 condition, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive can even be stayed in overnight. Include a visit to the Dylan Thomas Centre in Somerset Place to find out more about the poet and get a glimpse of rare photographs and his manuscripts.

  • Guided tours of his birthplace start from £8. For more information call 01792 472555 or click here
  • For enquiries about the Dylan Thomas Centre, call 01792 463980
    or click here

The Lakes: Alternatively, why not wander lonely as a cloud into Wordsworth’s former home in the Lake District? Stroll in his garden, take a tour of Dove Cottage, and visit the museum next door to get a full picture of this remarkable wordsmith.

  • Adult tickets cost £7.75.
    For information on Dove Cottage
    call 01539 435544 or click here
  • Looking for somewhere to stay? The nearby Dale Lodge Hotel in Grasmere is offering a winter break package until March 31. This includes two nights’ b&b, dinner on the first night and a warming drink
    on arrival. To book call
    015394 35300 or click here and use the code ‘winter warmer’. 

Gallery glory

Paris: Famed for romance, the Eiffel Tower and – perhaps above all – for its art. If you want to gaze upon the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa, head to the Louvre. The museum is always popular with tourists, but it’s quieter on Wednesday and Friday evenings, when it’s open until 9.45pm.

  • The Louvre is open every day except Tuesdays. Tickets for the permanent collection are €12. For more information call +33 (0)140 205050 or click here
  • A three-night stay at the three-star  Novotel Paris Est is available from £178pp, based on two sharing and including return flights from Heathrow. The hotel is a 15-minute drive or 40-minute walk from the Louvre.
    For more information call 0330 123 1235 or visit

Amsterdam: This city is a treasure trove for gallery fans. The Van Gogh Museum, on Paulus Potterstraat, is open every day and includes some of the artist’s most famous works, including Sunflowers. The Rijksmuseum, on Museum- straat, is the Netherlands’ National Collection and includes Rembrandt’s famous painting The Night Watch. It’s
also open daily and is so
large, you’ll easily fill a whole day there!
B Book tickets for the Van Gogh Museum, €15 per adult, here
B Book tickets for the
Rijksmuseum, €17.50 per adult, here

Music, Maestro!

Verona, Italy: Meet fellow opera aficionados on this break. Solos is offering a trip in July including tickets to Puccini’s Tosca, plus four nights in the three-star Hotel Italia, all breakfasts, one dinner, a guided tour and flights from Gatwick, for £919pp.

London: Closer to home, the Royal Opera House has a packed schedule of shows for the coming year, including Verdi’s La Traviata from May 18-July 4. Tickets go on sale on January 27.
B For more information call 0207 304 4000 or click here

History fix

Athens: If you had a passion for Latin at school, reignite your interest with a trip to Greece to gaze at ancient wonders. The acropolis in Athens is the core of an ancient town built in the 5th Century to honour the goddess Athena. Take a guided walking tour of the site, including a city tour of Athens, with Athens Walking Tours.

  • Tour lasts three hours 15 minutes, including 45 minutes of walking. Tickets cost €38 per adult. Meet at 9.30am at Syntagma Metro Station. For more information click here

Shrewsbury: For a taste of Egypt without leaving the country, visit Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery for a new exhibition. Secret Egypt: Unravelling Truth From Myth, will include fascinating archaeological items including mummies, jewellery and ceramics.

  • Secret Egypt will run from January 24-April 26. Tickets are £4 for adults, £2 for children. For information
    call 01743 258885 or click here

Further afield

The USA: Art, theatre, museums… New York has it all! We’ve found a seven-night stay at the four-star Roosevelt Hotel for £1,181pp based on two sharing and including return flights from Heathrow. Located on the corner of East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, it’s convenient for Broadway theatres if you fancy watching some live shows.

Australia: No trip Down Under is complete without seeing a show at the Sydney Opera House (below). A seven-night stay nearby is more affordable than you might think, too; a week at the four-star Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour Hotel, including flights from Heathrow, is from £1,202pp.

  • For information call 0330 123 1235 or click here