Wheels Up!Enjoy full meal service on your scheduled wide-bodied flight to Glasgow.
Day2Arrive Glasgow – Stirling – Edinburgh
Greetings!You will be met at the airport by your WorldStrides Tour Director and transferred to your hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital.
Stirling Castle & Wallace MonumentEn route we will visit royal Stirling Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned. Nearby is the Wallace Monument, which commemorates the Scottish hero’s victory over the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297. Uponarrivalin Edinburgh, your guide will be pleased to take you on some introductory sightseeing.
Day3Castles and Kings
Walking Tour of EdinburghOur Walking Tour will begin at Edinburgh Castle, where we will take a guided tour. There was a fortification here 1300 years ago, and the castle was a royal residence from the 11th century. More recently, the castle has been the home of military garrisons and the famous Military Tattoo.
St. Gile's CathedralWe will then take one of the most fascinating walks in Europe, the Royal Mile, which is lined with historic buildings such as St. Giles Cathedral, where John Knox preached, with its distinctive crown spire.
Nicholson SquareOur day ends in the peaceful garden of Nicholson Square Methodist Church, built in 1815 by Thomas Brown.
Day4Edinburgh – Dunbar – Newbiggin-By-The-Sea – Newcastle Area
Dunbar Methodist ChurchWe drive south today to England and en route visit Dunbar Methodist Church, a favorite of John Wesley. This is Scotland’s oldest Methodist Church dating back to 1764 and houses an oak pulpit from St Giles’ Cathedral.
Methodist Chapel of NewbigginOur day ends in the Methodist Chapel of Newbiggin, believed to be the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and in continuous use from 1759. We will continue to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for the evening, considered to be John Wesley’s northern “cornerstone” in England.
Day5Day Trip to Beamish
Brunswick Methodist ChurchOur day begins in Newcastle, where we will see the memorial obelisk to his first preaching on Tyneside in Wesley Square. Next we will visit the Brunswick Methodist Church, succeeding the Orphan House as the mother church of Methodism in northeast England.
Beamish Open Air MuseumWe will then visit the Beamish Open Air Museum that vividly illustrates life in northern England in the early1800sand1900s. We will have plenty of time to explore the farm, schools, sweet-making demonstration and even a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. Then, we will return to our hotel for the evening.
Day6Newcastle Area – Yarm – Guisborough – Yorkshire
Methodist ChapelOur day will begin with a tour of Yarm. Here, we will visit the oldest octagonal Methodist Chapel in the world, referred to by Wesley himself as "By far the most elegant in England." Also along High Street we will find a house where John Wesley stayed.
GuisboroughWe will leave Yarm and follow in the footsteps of Wesley to Guisborough. Here Wesley preached on several occasions, making reference to the receptions he received in his diary. We will see the marketplace where "the people roared like the waves of the sea" and enjoy this picturesque market town.
WesleyanWe will visit the Wesleyan Chapel, in use since 1811. We then continue on our journey to the medieval Christian City of York to explore its ancient walls, vast cathedral and crooked lanes.
Day7Day Trip to Whitby & Pickering
Whitby AbbeyThis morning, we will travel up to Whitby not on "miserable roads" as John Wesley had to, but in comfort across the moor and beside the seashore to reach this ancient port town. We explore the fascinating streets, visit Whitby Abbey ruins that continue to inspire from its perch upon the cliff.
Wesleyan Methodist ChapelThen we will visit the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, where Wesley preached to his followers in 1779, some of whom had lived in the area for 30 years. We then travel inland to Pickering, where steam trains leave for Grosmont traveling through villages connected with the Society of Friends and other early followers of John Wesley.
Church of St Peter and St PaulAfter a visit to the old Church of St Peter and St Paul with its soaring spire and famous medieval wall paintings, we will return to York for a visit to York Minster, which traces its origins from the early 7th century, and features stunning stained glass from the Middle Ages and may well be England's most famous cathedral.
Day8Yorkshire – Epworth – Oxford Area
Epworth - Wesley TrailToday we will travel to Epworth, driving through the Fen Countryside, taking the Epworth - Wesley Trail and discovering how this pretty North Lincolnshire town became the birthplace of World Methodism.
St. Andrew's Parish ChurchOur first visit today will be St. Andrew's Parish Church, the beautiful church where Samuel Wesley, John's father, was rector from 1695-1735. Samuel Wesley’s tomb lies in the churchyard and was the location of several of John’s speeches after he was denied the use of the church itself because of his unorthodox beliefs.
Old RectoryNext we will visit the Old Rectory, a Queen Anne building from 1709 where the Wesley family lived for 40 years, and where John and Charles were born. The home has been developed into a museum to this revolutionary family.
Wesley Memorial Methodist ChurchhenwewilltourtheWesleyMemorialMethodistChurch,built in 1889 to commemorate the contributions of the Wesley brothers, John and Charles. Of particular interest is a stained glass window featuring the brothers looking in the direction of the Old Rectory.
Wrap UpFinally we return to the Rectory for tea before departing to Oxford, the university city of colleges, noble lawns and dreamy spires. You may wish to have lunch today at the Red Lion Inn, which was used by John several times when visiting the town.
Day9Oxford Area – London
Christ Church & Lincoln CollegeWe visit several colleges including Christ Church and Lincoln College where the Wesley's studied and lectured. We will visit the holy room and retrace the steps of the "Holy Club" whose discipline epitomized the lives of the early Methodists.
University Church of St Mary the VirginOur final visit will be to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin where John preached the University Sermon for seven years, and also gained his first convert in Robin Griffiths, son of the vicar of Broadway, Gloucestershire. It was also the first pulpit from which he was banned.
Old Marylebone ChurchWe continue to London, where our sightseeing will begin with a visit to Old Marylebone Church to view the Obelisk in memory of Charles, his wife Sarah and their two sons. Charles lived and died in nearby Great Chesterfield Street (now Wheatley Street) where the site is marked by a plaque on the King’s Head public house.
Methodist Church HouseWe continue to the Methodist Church House at 25 Marylebone Road, the former headquarters of the Methodist Missionary Society, now housing the major part of the British Connexional Team. There are several important exhibits and portraits to be found in the building.
Walking TourAfter dinner in London, our guide can take us on a leisurely Walking Tour to review to some of London’s most famous sights. We will begin at Trafalgar Square and continue down Whitehall, past Horseguards Parade and Downing Street. Our walk can continue via St. James Park to view Buckingham Palace.
Day10London (John Wesley’s Final Years)
Wesley Chapel & Museum of MethodismThis morning we will visit the Wesley Chapel on City Road and take a guided tour of the Museum of Methodism in John Wesley's house, where he lived from 1779 and died in 1791. The house has been refurbished as it was in Wesley’s day and Charles Wesley’s organ is in the Foundry Chapel and John Wesley’s tomb is to be found in the churchyard.
Dunhill Fields & Aldersgate StreetAfter visiting Bunhill Fields Cemetery to view the graves of Susanne Wesley, John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe and William Blake, we continue to Aldersgate Street (the place of the warming heart experience of John Wesley on May 24, 1738) to see the plaque outside the Museum of London commemorating the event.
John Bray's HouseAfter lunch, we will then make a visit to John Bray's House, in Little Britain on Aldersgate Street, where Charles Wesley was converted on May 21, 1738 and where John Wesley declared “I believe” around 10pm on May 24. The brothers lived here in 1738-9 and the 18th Century Gallery of the museum houses a bust of John Wesley as well as other items of memorabilia connected with early Methodism.
Day11London: The Kings and Queens of England
Westminster AbbeyOur sightseeing begins at Westminster Abbey, where English kings and queens have been crowned since 1066. We will visit the Royal Chapels, which hold the tombs of monarchs from past centuries including Henry VII, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. We willl also visit Poets' Corner to see the memorials to famous literary figures.
Methodist Central HallWe continue to the Methodist Central Hall, built as Wesley Centenary Building and the meeting place of the first United Nations General Assembly. We will visit the Worship Centre and the Great Hall and at the top of the Grand Staircase you will see Manning’s statue of John Wesley.
St. Paul's CathedralOur day concludes with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Christopher Wren’s Masterpiece. Here in 1738, John Wesley worshipped for 3 days in May of Whitsun Week and his statue is to be found in the North West corner of the churchyard. On the day of his conversion, Wesley came here for an afternoon service and was moved by the choir’s anthem, “Out of the Deep Have I Called unto Thee, O Lord.”
Day12Departure from London
Fly HomeYour enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as your WorldStrides Tour Director accompanies you to the airport for the return flight home.