Arley Hall
Arley Hall

The Royal Horticultural Society will once again bring a spectacular celebration of flowers and gardening to the north-west of England with the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Set against the splendour of Tatton Park’s 1000-acre deer park, the show will be full of attractions, imaginative and colourful displays, original back-to-back small gardens and exciting show gardens. From the latest trends in plants and garden furniture to helpful people who can offer advice on how to make the most of your own garden, this classic English flower show has everything you need – and didn’t know you needed - for your garden to flourish.

While we are here in Cheshire we will also visit four notable gardens. The herbaceous borders at Arley Hall are one of the great garden sights in England, beautifully maintained and always delightful, while Mount Pleasant is a traditional mixed garden complemented by impressive views over the Cheshire countryside. Ness Botanic Gardens has a host of features including herbaceous borders, climbing plants and lush water gardens and finally there is Stonyford Cottage, an informal natural garden and specialist plant nursery.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Today's Price

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £135

Tour highlights:

  • Fresh ideas and gardening innovation from the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show
  • One of the first herbaceous borders ever planted in England at Arley Hall
  • Tranquil wetland gardens of Stonyford Cottage

Tour details

Dates 17 July 2019 - 20 July 2019
Duration 4 days
Today's Price
Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £135 Balance due by 24 April 2019
Activity Level
Tour code BWCTP19A

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Tothill St, Westminster
0730 2030
Luton Parkway
railway station
0900 1900
railway station
1000 1800
Victoria Square
1130 1630
railway station
1230 1530
railway station
1300 1430

Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

Please note it is possible to join this tour at Crewe Railway Station - quotations for rail connections available on request.

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17 July 2019: Itinerary

We depart from your local pick-up point and head for Cheshire, stopping en route for refreshments (not included). Our first visit is to Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral Peninsula, which lies between the Dee and Mersey estuaries. There is year round interest in the garden with lilies, primulas, herbaceous borders, terrace gardens with many climbing plants, native plants, herb and water gardens thriving in the summer months. Ness Gardens has its own weather station and has been producing accurate and regular daily records since the early 1960s. There is also a gift shop, plant nursery and a café.

We continue in the afternoon to Chester and our hotel, the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa.

Dinner will be served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Chester

After our full English breakfast, we depart for a full day visit to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The show will be full of attractions, from spectacular Floral Marquees ablaze with colourful displays from over 80 nurseries and a series of back-to-back gardens proving that even the smallest space can become a treasured retreat. There will also be spectacular water gardens along with specialist plants. All the displays will delight and inspire, with flower arrangements that will simply take your breath away.

Dinner is served back at the hotel in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Chester

After breakfast today we visit the gardens of Arley Hall, near Northwich. A pair of herbaceous borders was laid out here in 1846 and they survive to this day, beautifully maintained - one of the great garden sights of England. There are also old walled gardens with good mixed borders and a simple terraced walk above a ha-ha. Still in private hands, Arley Hall preserves the atmosphere of a garden kept for its own delight.

In the afternoon we visit Mount Pleasant, 10 acres of landscaped garden and woodland with impressive views over the Cheshire countryside. Steeply terraced in places, this is a traditional mixed garden featuring specimen trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, conifers and mixed and herbaceous borders. There are also four ponds and a bog garden, along with a vegetable garden, a stumpery with tree ferns, sculptures, a wild flower meadow and a Japanese garden.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Chester

After breakfast this morning we check out of the hotel and begin our homeward journey, making a final visit en route to the gardens at Stonyford Cottage. This informal natural garden has been developed around a pool with bridges leading over to an island, which evokes Monet’s garden at Giverny. There is also a woodland walk and a damp garden. Adjacent to the garden is a specialist plant nursery – perfect for that special purchase for your own garden! Lunch is included here today.

Following our visit we will head for home and expect to arrive back at our original departure point in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

17 July 2019: Additional Info

17 July 2019: Accommodation

Featuring a spa and cocktail bar, Doubletree by Hilton Chester is set in an 18th-century manor house with 12 acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel is just outside Chester, a 2-minute drive from the M53 motorway. Free WiFi and on-site parking are provided.

The spa features 2 swimming pools and a gym. Guests can relax in the aroma steam room, glass-fronted sauna or hot tub, and indulge in treatments in the candlelit beauty rooms.

Each of the 4-star bedrooms has a flat-screen LCD TV with on-demand movies. All rooms feature a en suite bathroom with quality toiletries, air conditioning and a work desk.

Guests can enjoy locally sourced steaks and classic English puddings in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill. The Garden Room and Terrace offers cocktails and light meals, and there is also a lounge bar.

17 July 2019: Enquiries

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