Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society


We have had a most enjoyable series of visits in recent years. We are fortunate to be close to London so are able to take in many of the special exhibitions arranged by the national museums and galleries as well as the special places such as the Royal Academy and the Wallace Collection.


4 - 9 April 2018 Normandy- We depart on Wednesday, 4 April in the evening and take the night ferry to Ouistreham with cabins. This will allow the whole of the Thursday for visits rather than travel. We will be based in a hotel in Lisieux and visits will include Bayeux in the north to Giverney in the south and take in Rouen, Caen and Honfleur. The detailed visits to chateaux and gardens are being finalised. We return on the afternoon ferry on Monday, 9 April.


Thursday, 7 June 2018 London - Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich


The centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College were designed by England’s greatest architects and are considered amongst the finest in Europe. Featuring the sumptuous Painted Hall and the neo-classical Chapel, the site has seen a variety of uses, as Greenwich Palace, the Royal Naval Hospital of Seamen and then the Royal Naval College.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 London - Bowood House & Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire


Bowood is a grade I listed Georgian country house in Wiltshire with interiors by Robert Adam and a garden designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. Although the greater part of the house was demolished in 1956, there is still enough to see to make it of interest for an ADFAS visit.

Lacock Abbey was a 13th century Augustinian nunnery until the dissolution when it was sold and converted into a residence. The house and the surrounding village of Lacock were given to the National Trust in 1944. The abbey houses the Fox Talbot Museum, devoted to the pioneering work of William Talbot's work in the field of photography.

Bookings via Vanessa MacMahon at our lectures.

If a booking is cancelled a refund can only be made if the visit is full and there is a replacement from the waiting list.

See photographs of our previous visits

Longer visits to places of interest in the UK have been arranged to Canterbury, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Lincoln, Glasgow, Northumberland, York, Plymouth, East Anglia, Chester, Bristol and the Scottish Borders when based in a hotel, we are able to take in a selection of local venues of fine and decorative arts interest over a long weekend.

In addition, European visits have also been arranged to Amsterdam, The Loire, Flanders, Dublin, Paris, Prague and Bulgaria.