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Friends of the Crawford Gallery

As an independent support group for the Crawford Art Gallery, the Friends´ aim is to promote awareness of the Gallery, its collections and exhibitions and to foster an interest in all aspects of art and heritage. Through your membership and participation in the Friends´ events we provide support to the Gallery for future acquisitions of art and for exhibitions.

Members of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery have the opportunity to attend our spring and autumn series of lunchtime lectures on art history, contemporary art and our local heritage of art and architecture.

Throughout the year the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery also host short visits and guided day tours to galleries, museums and great houses and gardens of Ireland.

Members have the opportunity to attend short talks by art historians on specific works in the Gallery´s permanent collection followed by tea/coffee and scones in the Ballymaloe Gallery café.

Each year we organise a tour abroad for our members to places of cultural interest throughout Europe. Recent tours have been to Northern Italy, Provence, St Petersburg, Berlin and Barcelona.

Members of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery receive notification of, and invitations to, the opening of all Gallery exhibitions.

Details of membership are available from the Friends’ Office beside the Gallery Café.

Become a Member
Download the membership form here
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Administrators are present in the gallery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Noreen Mc Sweeney
Nessa Durcan
+353 (0) 21 490 7864

The Friends of the Crawford Gallery presents The Art & History of
Madrid & Toledo

7 days from €1,399 Departing 8th September 2016

Day 1
We meet at our designated pick up points in Cork and transfer by coach to Dublin Airport for our 13.05 Ryanair flight to Madrid. On arrival in Madrid we are met by our tour manager who will accompany us throughout our tour. We continue to the 4* Agumar Hotel in Madrid for a six night stay. A welcome buffet dinner without drinks is included in our hotel this evening, and the remaining five nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2
Our morning begins with an orientation tour of Madrid by coach with our tour manager. We then enjoy a guided tour at the Museo del Prado housing the world’s greatest assembly of Spanish paintings including works by El Greco, Goya and Velázquez as well as works by Italian and Flemish masters.

Day 3
Today we travel to Toledo, known as the ‘city of the three cultures’, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together here for centuries.

Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. A guided tour on arrival introduces us to sights such as Charles V’s fortified Alcázar de Toledo and the magnificent 13th century cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in modern Christianity. The rest of the day is at leisure in Toledo.

Day 4
This morning we visit Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, housed in the Palacio de Villahermosa. A guided tour on arrival introduces us to a collection of some 800 paintings including masterpieces by Titian, Goya, Van Gogh and Picasso, regarded by many as the most important privately assembled art collection in the world. We then walk to the Museo Reina Sofia, Spain’s national museum of 20th century art including works by Miró, Picasso and Dal. Our guided tour on arrival introduces us to some of the works on display, including Picasso’s ‘Guernica’.

Day 5
Segovia is our destination this morning. With its narrow streets and beautiful mansions, Segovia is best known for its Roman churches,aqueduct, cathedral and plaza. On the north west extreme of its medieval walls is the famous Alcázar where Queen Isabel promised Columbus the financial backing he needed to discover America. On the south east extreme is the world renowned Roman Aqueduct, the largest and best preserved of its kind. We then travel on to Avila, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by the finest preserved medieval walls in Europe with 88 turrets and nine gateways protecting its beautiful palaces and churches.

Day 6
Today we enjoy a guided tour at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, set in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama. Built in honour of Saint Lawrence it contains museums, chapterhouses, a church, library and sumptuous apartments and houses some of the most important works of art of the royal Habsburg collections.

Day 7
We transfer to the airport for our 10.25 Ryanair flight to Dublin, and onwards coach travel back to our original pick up points.

NB:- Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.

Click here for Link to the Madrid / Toledo Trip webpage.

Click here for Link to Brochure and Booking form.