21 – 26 November 2018


Stockholm known as ‘a city of bridges’ is built on 14 islands whose prosperity started in the 17th century when it became the administrative state of Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. Modern Stockholm has 1.83 million people and is still intersected by broad waterways which have had it compared to Venice. The picturesque Old Town (Gamla Stan), the original island settlement of Stockholm has a maze of narrow streets with many Baroque facades which still have the coats of arms of the original occupants. It houses the Cathedral (Storkyrkan) and the Royal Palace. Bridges link it to the two most important districts of the city, known as Norrmalm (North) and Sodermalm (South).  To the west,  and joined by  more bridges is Kungsholmen, the eastern point, the location of the City Hall (Stadshuset), with claims to be the most impressive building in the city, designed by Ragnar Ostberg in 1923 it stands beside Lake Malaren, having a tree lined forecourt, Italianesque colonnade and a massive tower topped by a lantern and Sweden’s three shining crowns.  Another bridge leads to Djurgarden the cities chief park area with the Vasa Museum, named after the 16th century freedom fighter, and housing the famous ship sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628 and salvaged in 1961. Nearby is the Nordic Museum, the Biological Museum and Skansen open air museum/ park and Aquarium.

There are numerous ancient churches which house relics and the tombs of the Swedish rulers from the 17th century onwards.  Other buildings demonstrate the aesthetic culture of Sweden such as the Concert Hall, the Law Courts, the City Library and the Opera House.  The National Museum, Sweden’s largest art gallery, stands on a point of land facing the Royal Palace, and a nearby bridge leads to the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture.  Stockholm also boasts the world’s longest art gallery which stretches 110 km and has trains running through it, as since the 1950’s 150 artists have decorated 90 of the cities 100 underground stations.  Beyond Stockholm, and reached by boat and train are Drottningholm (image here above), 1662, and residence of the current Royal Family, with its Theatre Museum and collection of Gobelins tapestries, Gripsholm castle and picture gallery and Uppsala with its 15th century University, castle and 13th century Cathedral. Finally the ABBA museum, opened in may 2013, Sweden’s most successful band of all time with sales of 378 million albums.


Other Details


Centrally located Best Western Kom Hotel***


Course Cost

£690 inclusive of tuition, airport transfers, day visit to Drottningholm, accommodation and breakfast.


Single Room Supplement



Travel Insurance

Once tour is viable and flights are booked please make sure you book your travel insurance. If we have booked flights on your behalf through Travelpack then you can call Lina on 0208 5854010 ext 1008,  Mon – Fri 9 – 4 ,  for an immediate quote  (up to the age of 84).



Ca. £190 scheduled flight from London to Stockholm Arlanda airport. Note that this is an estimate (if it is less you play less), please see Booking Conditions for more information concerning nominated flights.


Local Transport

Airport transfers by minibus, day visit to Drottningholm by public bus


Group Size




Jackie Parry MA, is an experienced lecturer and art historian who has led many gallery visits and study tours. She teaches art history at the University of Sussex and the Open University.  She has also lectured for NADFAS, the U3A and the National Trust.  Her interests are mostly based around 18th century art and culture and the development of modernism from 19th century to the present.  Her MA research included issues of gender and critical theory.


Related OU Courses

All Art History Courses and General Interest


Itinerary / Study Programme


Day 1, Wednesday 21 November 2018

Arrival; Orientation; possible bus or boat tour; walk in the old town and Cathederal

-Storkyrkan (carved statue of St George and the Dragon 1489); the Riddarholms kyrkan (burial place of Swedish rulers since Gustavus Adolphus (1611-1632 until 1950)


Day 2, Thursday 22 November 2018

am: Djurgarden: The Vasa Museum; The Nordic Museum (folk art, textiles, photography, Strindberg paintings)

pm: The Royal Palace


Day 3, Friday 23 November 2018

am: The National Museum

pm: The Museum of Modern Art


Day 4, Saturday 24 November 2018

All day: Drottningholm


Day 5, Sunday 25 November 2018

am: City Hall (guided tours at 10.00)

pm: ABBA Museum


Day 6, Monday 26 November 2018

Free time depending on departure there are many other places of interest such as the Royal

Armoury; the Nobel Museum; the Biological Museum; the national Maritime Museum; the Museum of Medieval Stockholm; the Stockholm Tower (Kaknastornet); many of the large department stores are also located in central Stockholm.


This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions