Itinerary ideas: English Gardens Tour
Off the shelf, flexible tours of the UK and Ireland
English Gardens Tour
What's it all about?
The first of our England's Gardens tour takes in the most stunning and beautiful gardens in England. Focussing on the South East of England, destinations include Britain's most visited paid gardens – Kew and Wisley Gardens as well as a sculpture garden and the city of Canterbury. This packed 12 day tour is a horticulturists dream and a chance to relax and enjoy some truly beautiful gardens.
Region: South East England
Length: 12 days / 11 nights
Transport options: Vehicle Hire
Start and End: London Heathrow
Price: Please enquire for current rates
Inclusions: 11 nights B&B accommodation, Airport transfers, London Underground travel, 8 days car hire, Entrance fees, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.
Exclusions: GPS system, meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's
English Gardens Tour Itinerary
Day 1-4: London
It was Queen Caroline, wife of George II, who in 1728 moulded Kensington Gardens to their present form by creating the Serpentine and the Long Water from the Westbourne stream. You can also go to Chelsea Physic Garden, a famous Botanic garden with two ponds, glasshouses, rare and tender plants, and the largest olive tree indoors in Britain. Kew Gardens are world's most famous gardens dating from 1678. In its 300 acres, you will find a wonderful collection of trees but also many buildings of architectural and historic interest including the Palm House and the Temperate House. The marvellous and spectacular gardens of Hampton Court Palace date from 1514. Walk-around the different gardens of the Palace such as the Privy Garden which looks exactly how it would have been in 1702. Visit the beautiful Holland Park and its many gardens. Make sure you don't miss the Japanese Garden (Kyoto Garden) created in 1991.
Day 5-6: Kent
Today you can visit Lullingstone Castle and Gardens; home to a Historic Family Mansion, Church and World Garden. In the beautiful grounds is the amazing World Garden of Plants containing nearly 8,000 species, hybrids and cultivars in a walled garden of just 2 acres. Laid out as continents of the World, plants are displayed in their respective country of origin. The Walled Garden is Goodnestone's most renowned and popular area boasting some of the most beautiful views in any English garden. Some of the walls are older than the house and having been carefully restored they are now hung with a range of climbers and wall plants.
Day 7: Canterbury
This morning you will visit the small city of Canterbury, home to the Anglican Church. In the afternoon it's on to Leeds Castle which boasts spectacular scenery set against stunning gardens
Day 8: Rye, East Sussex
The Dixter Garden is composed of a series of small gardens including a fine topiary garden, rose garden, kitchen garden - an attractive mingling of vegetables and flowers - a large orchard with many pockets of wild flowers and a magnificent herbaceous border in summer, truly a joy for any gardener to visit.
Day 9-10: Surrey
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden is set in a ten acre sculpture garden and is an ever changing display of sculpture and ceramics by young and promising, mainly British artists. Later on, you can visit the Walled Garden in the Loseley Park. Comparable with gardens considered national treasures, the Walled Garden covers 2.5 acres and is divided into 'rooms' each with its own unique planting scheme and personality. Wisley Garden is the 2nd most visited paid entry garden in the UK after Kew. This large and diverse garden covers 240 acres, and among the numerous formal and informal decorative gardens, several glasshouses and an extensive arboretum, you will be able to see small scale "model gardens" which are intended to show visitors what they can achieve in their own gardens.
Day 11: Hatfield
The Hatfield Gardens, covering 42 acres, date from the early 17th century, and were laid out by John Tradescant the elder. Tradescant visited Europe and brought back trees and plants that had never previously been grown in England. <i>Day 12 London (Return Home)</i>