Past Travel Seminars with Faculty

Magical Britain

  • May 18 - Jun 7, 2014
  • English 485
  • Dr. Marja Mogk

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Magical Britain explores the rich cultures of England, Scotland and Wales from the Neolithic age of Stonehenge to the Middle Ages of castles and chivalry. We will travel on this journey through time and across the island of Britain with the legends of King Arthur and the Round Table. The Arthurian stories are the oldest continuously developing literary and popular culture tradition in the English language. They encompass ancient Stone Age settings, Iron Age cultural practices, Celtic lore and design, the Roman occupation of Britain, political strife through centuries of invasion by successive peoples, including the Saxons and Vikings, and the realities of Medieval romance and battle. By reading versions of the Arthur tales and by traveling, we will come to understand the diversity of this tradition, its relationship to Britain, and the magic of Britain itself. This course fulfills the CORE-21 literature requirement. The course will be taught during the spring semester and the travel seminar will take place during the first weeks of summer. 


Itinerary is subject to change

Day 1         Depart LAX

Day 2         Arrive Edinburgh 

Group Dinner

Day 3         Edinburgh, Scotland

Walking Introduction to Edinburgh via Calton Hill
Edinburgh Castle
Hiking to the top of Arthur’s Seat and Journaling

Day 4            Edinburgh, Scotland  

Free Day
Optional visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with Dr. Mogk

Day 5            Stirling, Scotland 

Stirling Castle & The Wallace Monument

Day 6            
Alnwick, England 

Alnwick Castle & Gardens

Day 7            Hadrian’s Wall, England 

The Roman Army Museum & Hiking Hadrian’s Wall
Vindolanda Roman Army Fort Archaeology Site

Day 8            Travel to Caernarfon via Conwy 

Conwy Castle

Day 9           Caernarfon, Wales

Hiking Merlin’s Mountain from Beddgelert in Snowdonia National Park
Segontium Roman Army Fort
Caernarfon Castle

Day 10         Caernarfon, Wales

Free Day

Day 11         Travel toBath via Warwick

Warwick Castle

Day 12         Bath, England

The Roman Baths

Day 13         Glastonbury, England

Glastonbury Abbey & Glastonbury Tor

Day 14          Avebury, England

Avebury Stone Circle & Alexander Keillor Museum
Group Dinner

Day 15         Winchester & Stonehenge, England

Winchester Great Hall, City Museum & Cathedral

Day 16         London via Windsor Castle

Castle & St. George’s Chapel

Day 17         London, England

Westminster Abbey
Group Dinner

Day 18         London, England

Free Day                       

Day 19         London, England

The British Museum
Globe Theatre Performance

Day 20         London, England

Tower of London

Day 21         Depart UK for LAX

Info Sessions

To learn more about the Magical Britain Travel Seminar, you can attend an information session and hear about the course from the faculty leader.  We will be discussing the course in more detail, in-country itinerary, as well as approximate cost.  

Dates are as follows:

Tuesday, Oct 8
Alumni 112

Wednesday, Oct 23
Humanities 109