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Special Interest - Art appreciation
Art Appreciation

Art in Bournemouth QQQQ

Bournemouth, Dorset

Art in Bournemouth

Bournemouth, Dorset

Prices from
£619 per person
2 passengers
4 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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An exploration of fine art...

Lose yourself in the brush strokes of the renaissance, the thought-provoking simplicity of formalism and the documentarian nature that often accompanies photography. This four-night art appreciation holiday invites you to visit some of Dorset’s, Hampshire’s and, indeed, the UK’s most impressive galleries and museums.

Staying at the Hermitage Hotel (4Q), you will be accompanied by an art expert, someone who can help you to navigate through the world of fine art, from the Renaissance through to the present day. During your stay, enjoy three talks provided by your host to help you engage with what you are seeing each day.


Dinner plateAll breakfasts (B) and dinners (D)

PersonSaga Host


  • Cancellation rights
  • Expert host talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Three talks delivered by your expert host
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Three full-day visits to galleries


The Hermitage Hotel, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK BH2 5AH


The 4-star Hermitage Hotel occupies one of the best hotel locations in Bournemouth, directly in front of the iconic pier.


All 76 traditional bedrooms have a flat-screen television, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Saga guests stay in standard rooms with inland views (upgrades to sea view, superior, superior sea view and suites available on request). The hotel has a lift, and some rooms are located on the ground floor.

Flat-screen television
Tea coffee making facilities

Food and Drink

All meals will be served in the hotel's Hardy’s Restaurant, awarded an AA Rosette and using local and sustainable ingredients. The NEO restaurant (a la carte and at an additional charge) features a modern lounge bar serving over 40 gins and with an extensive cocktail menu.

Hermitage Hotel, Bournemouth
Hardy’s Restaurant, Hermitage Hotel
The modern lounge bar
Enjoy tea and coffee in the room


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Day 1 Arrival

Upon arrival at the Hermitage Hotel (4Q), enjoy a welcome drink and sit down to a meal with your fellow guests. Perhaps your conversation will be drawn towards the galleries that you will be visiting over the coming days. It may feature terms such as ‘fine art’, ‘formalism’, ‘surrealism’ and might make mention of the 18th century, a glorious time for British portraiture. Your expert host will then provide a talk, accompanied by a presentation, to introduce you to your itinerary in further detail. D

Day 2 St Barbe and ArtSway

Breakfast is served at the hotel, followed by a visit to St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. You will perhaps be captivated by the photographic archive that provides a history of the area, before making your own arrangements for lunch.

Your afternoon is spent at the ArtSway Gallery and in the evening, you can look forward to an evening talk, discussing the following day’s visits in more detail. B, D

Day 3 City Art and John Hansard Galleries

Boasting an extensive and diverse collection of fine art, the Southampton City Art Gallery is the focus of your attention this morning. Stroll through its galleries and lose yourself in the array of European works before free time to purchase lunch.

In the afternoon, you are invited to visit the John Hansard Gallery, part of Southampton University and a leading collection of contemporary art. Aided by a projector and screen, your hosts will outline and explain in further detail your itinerary for day four. B, D

Day 4 Russell-Cotes and Red House Museums

Spend the morning at the Russell-Cotes Museum, taking a peak behind the curtain of a Victorian collector. It is a wondrous building showcasing a variety of sculptures, canvas works and artefacts picked up during Merton and Annie’s travels.

The final museum and gallery to explore on your special interest holiday is the Red House Museum and Garden, telling the story of Christchurch and the local area from before the ice age to modern times. It is a charming building and showcases a collection of local artworks. The evening, following dinner, is spent with your hosts, who will offer a question and answer session for those who are interested. It is certainly a suitable and personal end to your trip. B, D

Day 5 Farewell

Depart the hotel and make your way, perhaps inspired to take up a paintbrush or sculpting knife for yourself. B

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Located in the heart of Lymington, you are invited to explore the history of this old market town and the New Forest coastline, as told by artefacts and archaeology. In the Rathbones Art Gallery, exhibitions are held regularly, supported by institutions such as Tate, V&A, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum.


Founded in 1997, ArtSway aims to showcase a captivating programme of contemporary visual art in the New Forest.

Southampton City Art Gallery

More than 5,000 works of fine art are showcased at the Southampton City Art Gallery, telling the story of European art from the Renaissance (meaning ‘Rebirth’) through to the present day. Awarded ‘Designated’ status by the Arts Council England, the gallery’s collection spans almost eight centuries. Highlights include ‘St Jerome’, painted by Cesare Da Sesto in the 16th century, and a collection of French 19th century paintings which take an active interest in naturalism.

John Hansard Gallery

Supported by Southampton University, the John Hansard Gallery is one of the UK’s leading contemporary art galleries, aiming to ‘create extraordinary encounters with great art that inspire people and the community to change the world for the better.’ It is a gallery with a conscience, locally engaged with international recognition.

Russell-Cotes Museum

Few places offer a better window into the life of an avid Victorian collector than the Russell-Cotes Museum. The building, located on Bournemouth’s East Cliff was built at the turn of the 20th century and given by Merton Russell-Cotes as a gift to his wife Annie. The gardens through which visitors arrive features a Japanese garden - complete with goldfish ponds - a stone grotto, sculptures, fountains and bridges. Inside, you will be met by a grand domed staircase leading to rooms and galleries that showcase artworks and artefacts picked up on the couple’s travels and bought from collectors. It is often the highlight for many visitors to Bournemouth and is a joy to explore.

Red House Museum and Gardens

For the story of Christchurch, from before the ice age to modern times, look no further than this museum and gallery housed within a Georgian workhouse and neighboured by pretty gardens. Its name is owed to the building’s bricks, their red constitution owed to the iron in their mineral composition, and inside you can discover the story of Iron Age Dwellers living on Hengistbury Head and stroll through the Victorian gallery before exploring the modest herb garden and ‘South Garden’.

Art in Bournemouth

Bournemouth, Dorset

Prices from
£619 per person
2 passengers
4 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
Art in Bournemouth QQQQ

Bournemouth, Dorset