Low Parks Museum and Hamilton Mausoleum, South Lanarkshire
Join us on a visit to these Grade A listed buildings the first dating back to 1696 built as Portland, the private residence of David Crawford, lawyer and secretary to the 3rd Duke and Duchess of Hamilton. Later, in 1784, purchased by the 8th Duke of Hamilton and made into a coaching inn housing famous travellers, such as Dr Johnson and James Boswell, and Dorothy and William Wordsworth.
The second building is the Palace Riding School, built by Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, in 1837 which was also equipped with a gymnasium and regulation boxing ring. In 1983, the building was acquired by the Regimental Trustees of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) as a regimental museum. These two important historical buildings now house the museum complex.
We will also tour Hamilton Mausoleum which was one of the finest private tombs in the country. It was built as a tomb and monument to Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, but was incomplete at the time of his death in 1852. The chapel has a massive dome, over 36 metres high, magnificent bronze doors, and a stunning floor made up of different marbles from around the world.
9.30 – Depart outside NMS, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
10.45 – Arrive at Low Parks Museum – tea, coffee and scones
11.30 – Visit to Mausoleum
13.00 – Return to Museum for Lunch
14.00 – Talk on Hamilton Palace
14.30 – Time to explore Museum (and park if fine weather)
16.00 – Depart
17.15 – Arrive Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Tickets include return coach transport, the tours, morning refreshments and lunch. Book below or email your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 247 4133. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements.
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