Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Ireland and England

Faculty: Mark Weinert, Robin Baker
Meeting Time: Monday 6:30-9:00pm

Student Cost: $2,200

This course offers students a study-abroad experience in Ireland and England. One way to experience Christianity is to consider the experience of past Christians and their communities by walking the Land.  This trip will emphasize “pilgrimage” and focus on deepening one’s Christian faith through the experience of walking in the footsteps of Christians who became faithful followers of Christ in Ireland and England.  The trip will begin in Ireland and will focus on the Celts and how they expressed Christian faith in texts, crosses and architecture.  We will visit Trinity College and see its magnificent library and the book of Kells.  From Dublin we will travel to the beautiful western city of Galway and on the way stop at the ancient Christian site of ClonMacnoise, which houses some of the oldest Celtic crosses in the world.  From Galway we will travel across Ireland and stop for a few days in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland – where we will visit the Titanic Museum, the birthplace of C.S. Lewis, the Giant’s Causeway along with some of the key sites of the filming of the Game of Thrones.  We will then travel by ferry from Belfast to Manchester – home of one of the greatest soccer teams in the world – Manchester United.  From there we will travel by train to Oxford and visit a number of the historical colleges as well as eat at the pub where Lewis and Tolkien often gathered.  Our trip will end one of the world’s great cities, London.  In addition to considering Christian history and witness, students will also have an opportunity to visit numerous theaters and museums, experience the scenic beauty of Ireland and England, and spend time in the greatest university city in the world – Oxford.   

Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Travel to Dublin.

Days 2-4: Dublin, Ireland. Visits to: Trinity College and the Book of Kells; dozens of museum opportunities, including the National Museum of Art and History and the Kilmaenon Jail. 

Days; 5-6: Galway, Ireland.  From Galway we will visit the Aran Islands and the ancient Celtic site, ClonMacnoise.

Days; 7-9 Belfast, Northern Ireland.  From Belfast we will visit the Titanic Museum, the birthplace of C. S. Lewis, and the world heritage site, Giant’s Causeway. We will also spend time visiting various filming locations of the Game of Thrones.

Days; 10-13 Manchester, England.  Visits will include the John Rylands Library, the Manchester Museum, and the magnificent Manchester Cathedral.  We also hope to take a day visit to the famous Lake District.  For those who are soccer fans we will also visit the Etihad and the stadium of Manchester United.  Manchester is also home to the National Football Museum. 

Days; 14-17 Oxford, England.  Our visit to Oxford will begin with visiting the sites associated with the work of C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien.  We will also visit Blenheim Palace (the birthplace of Churchill), the Bodleian Library, Magdalene College and Christ Church (the place of Harry Potter films), afternoon tea, and a trip to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. 

Days; 17-21 London, England.  The opportunities in one of the world’s great cities are endless.  We will visit traditional sites such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, and the Piccadilly Circus.  The London theater offers dozens of shows on any given night.  Numerous churches and other landmarks show London’s Christian heritage.  Museum opportunities include the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Imperial War Museum, and the Tower of London.  For those who wish, we will visit Warner Brothers studios which features the Harry Potter films.