Grimsthorpe Castle
Grimsthorpe Castle
£50 deposit

Hidden Gardens of Lincolnshire

The county of Lincolnshire of littered with wonderful gardens, many of them built around historic halls, mansions and castles. From our comfortable base on the outskirts of the cathedral city of Lincoln we tour the county and sample the delights of one fine garden after another.

We begin at Lincolnshire’s ‘lost’ garden, the Easton Walled Garden near Grantham, which was only brought back to life in 2001 after 50 years of neglect and now presents drifts of flowers in a stunning parkland setting. More walled gardens feature at Doddington Hall and Baumber while at Gunby Hall we find an extensive garden packed full of interesting features. At the family-run garden Goltho we find abundantly planted borders and a network of meandering pathways. Our tour finishes on a high at the hugely impressive Grimsthorpe Castle, where we enjoy a guided tour of one extravagantly decorated room after another before exploring the grand gardens at leisure. Time is also set aside to explore our host city of Lincoln with its 11th century castle and cathedral.

Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £100.

Single supplement: £75

Tour highlights:

  • Guided tour of the state rooms at Grimsthorpe Castle
  • Easton Walled Garden, restored to its former glory after decades of neglect
  • The Tropical House at Baumber
  • Roses galore at Gunby Hall
  • Historic Lincoln and its magnificent cathedral

Tour details

Dates 24 July 2020 - 27 July 2020
Duration 4 days
Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £100.
Single supplement: £75 Balance due by 1 May 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BLIN200724

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Tothill St, Westminster
1100 1700
railway station
1330 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 and leave this tour at Peterborough Railway Station - quotations for rail connections available on request.

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24 July 2020: Itinerary

Depart by coach from our pick-up points in London and Peterborough (connecting rail travel to/from Peterborough can be arranged on request). Our first visit is to Easton Walled Gardens, near Grantham, known as ‘Lincolnshire’s Lost Garden as it was only brought back to life in 2001 after 50 years of neglect. What was an overgrown wilderness has now been replaced by meadows, sweet peas, roses, vegetables, cut flowers and drifts of bulbs in a stunning parkland setting.

We then continue to Lincoln and our comfortable accommodation at the 4-star Best Western Plus Bentley Hotel & Spa, which has full leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool and a state of the art spa that includes Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

Dinner will be served in the hotel this evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Bentley Hotel & Spa

After breakfast this morning we head for Goltho Gardens, a family-run, four-and-a-half acre garden with year-round interest in colour and texture. The garden boasts a long grass walk flanked by abundantly-planted borders, from which a network of paths meander.

We move on to the Walled Garden at Baumber, a nineteenth-century garden, that once belonged to the former Stourton Hall, now privately owned and restored by the Elton family. The garden features include a natural swimming pond, grasses, palms and the newly designed ''Tropical House". Here we will be treated to a guided tour of the garden with refreshments included.

Our final visit today is to the gardens of Gunby Hall, at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Arriving onto the lawn under the ancient cedar of Lebanon, we come first to the pergola garden, a series of simple supports over which apple trees are tightly pruned. The walled compartment surrounding the pergolas contains the cutting border, a rose garden, the yellow border and a herb garden. There is an extensive collection of roses including yellows and oranges such as Chinatown, Arthur Bell and Graham Stuart Thomas with reds such as Frensham, Wilhelm and Orange Triumph. The little box edged lawn with its central sundial was probably laid out around 1900. Honeysuckle is planted on either side of the seat and frames the view of the mixed herbaceous border on the other side of the lawn.

Dinner is served in the evening back at our hotel.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Bentley Hotel & Spa

Today, following breakfast, we begin with a visit to the gardens at Aubourn Hall, where we find lawns and mature trees along with a good selection of shrubs and vibrant mixed borders. There is also a well-stocked rose garden, a large prairie and topiary garden and a woodland walk and ponds. C11 church adjoining.

We continue to Doddington Hall, whose romantic gardens remain faithful to the original Elizabethan layout, with mellow walls providing the framework. The West Garden provides botanical surprises in wide borders including glorious Bearded Irises in May and June while in the Wild Garden we find a glorious selection of native plants. There is also a fine kitchen garden which was restored to its former glory on 2007.

Later in the afternoon we return to Lincoln where there will be some free time to explore this historic city, with the opportunity to visit the magnificent 11th century cathedral or the Castle which also dates from Norman times (entrances not included).

We return to our hotel, where dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Bentley Hotel & Spa

Following breakfast we check out of the hotel and round off in style with a visit to the impressive Grimsthorpe Castle and Gardens. Here we are welcomed with morning coffee and biscuits before enjoying a private tour of the castle. An unexpected marriage of architectural styles, the quirkiness of the Tudor south façade is contrasted by the Baroque splendour of the principal north front, the final masterpiece of Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. Inside, our tour takes us from one sumptuously decorated room to another, from Vanburgh’s Hall to the State Dining Room, the King James Room, the Tapestry Drawing Room, the Gothic Bedroom and many more. Following our tour we are free to explore the gardens, which are thought to have been in existence since at least 1500. Intricate parterres marked with box hedges lie close to the Castle, and a dramatic herbaceous border frames views across the lake.

After an opportunity here for lunch (not included) we continue to our original departure points, beginning with Peterborough Railway Station for those with rail connections and arriving back in London in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast

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