RHS Bridgewater & the Northwest
One of the largest gardening projects in Europe, RHS Garden Bridgewater has now opened to the public and we are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to visit it. This once in a generation project saw the Royal Horticultural Society take inspiration from the heritage of the site and transform it into a world-class garden.
Based on an overall design by leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, highlights include one of the largest walled gardens in the UK, beautifully landscaped grounds, living plant collections and horticultural trials. As it matures it is sure to establish itself as one of the foremost garden attractions in the North of England.
We also have a visit to Bramall Hall a superb example of a Tudor Manor House with its dazzling wall paintings, Elizabethan plaster ceiling, Victorian kitchens and servants’ quarters. There is also an optional excursion to the Ness Botanic Gardens, part of the University of Liverpool which were born from one man’s absolute passion for plants and his dreams to share it with all as well as the fascinating city of Liverpool, hometown of the Beatles and the famous Royal Albert Dock.
- Ness Botanic Gardens & Liverpool
Coach Bays on Tothill Street, Westminster
Outside Luton Parkway Railway Station
Outside the Railway Station
Bus stop outside New Street Station
Bus stand at Hinde Street car park
Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Your Departure date
Deposit: £125 Single supplement: £80
Day 1 -
We depart from our designated pick-up points and head to the beautiful Northwest of England. On arrival at your hotel enjoy some time to get settled before dinner in the restaurant.
|Hotel||Novotel Manchester West|
Day 2 -
This morning, we take the short trip to the main highlight of this tour, RHS Bridgewater Gardens. This once in a generation project will see the Royal Horticultural Society take inspiration from the heritage of the site and transform it into a world-class garden, while also delivering a programme of community outreach and education activities, volunteering and training. Based on an overall design by leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, highlights include one of the largest walled gardens in the UK, beautifully landscaped grounds, living plant collections and horticultural trials.
This afternoon, there is free time at leisure. Enjoy some more time exploring the gardens of RHS Bridgewater or Perhaps head to the local impressive Trafford Centre and indulge in some retail therapy.
Day 3 -
After breakfast the day is at leisure, or you may choose to join the optional excursion to the Ness Botanic Gardens. In 1898 Arthur Kilpin Bulley bought the site that Ness Botanic Gardens sits on to build a family home and garden. The home, Mickwell Brow, today houses offices and event spaces. The foundations of the garden Arthur started have blossomed into the verdant gardens you can see today, in the early days, Arthur sponsored notable plant hunter George Forrest to head to Northwest Yunnan in China to search out new varieties of plants to be showcased in his new garden. This was the first of six expeditions Forrest took to China gathering thousands of dried plant samples and seeds. He later named a few of the plants he discovered after his initial sponsor Arthur Bulley including Iris Bulleyana and Primua billeyana, which today can been see in the Rock Garden at Ness. On his peaceful passing in 1948, Agnes Lois, Arthur’s daughter gifted the entire estate to the University of Liverpool.
In the early afternoon we head to the city of Liverpool where is there is plenty of time to explore at your leisure. You may choose to follow the story of the ‘Fab Four’ at The Beatles Story, explore one of the cities seven free museums including the Liverpool Tate or visit the impressive Liverpool cathedral.
Day 4 -
This morning after breakfast, we head to Bramall Hall. This exemplary Tudor Manor house dates back well into the Middle Ages and is a true treasure of the northwest and is of prime importance to our national heritage. The impressive 16th century wall paintings, astonishing Elizabethan plaster ceilings, the Victorian Kitchens and servants’ quarters give the hall a truly unique charm. We have the chance to explore the hall and gain a true insight into the families and servants who once called Bramall Hall home. It is situated in 60 acres of lush parkland designed in quaint Victorian Romantic style. There are woodlands, meandering brooks, and peaceful lakes.
This afternoon is at leisure.
Day 5 -
After breakfast we return to our original pick-up points.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Services of a coach driver guide
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Availability|
|27 July 2023||BEBR230727||27 July 2023 (Thursday)||31 July 2023 (Monday)||£495
|£125||£80||Book your trip|
|3 September 2023||BEBR230903||3 September 2023 (Sunday)||7 September 2023 (Thursday)||£495
|£125||£80||Book your trip|