4 days

From £595

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As one of the largest gardening projects in Europe, RHS Garden Bridgewater opens to the public in 2021 and we are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to be among the first 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, 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. As it matures it is sure to establish itself as one of the foremost garden attractions in the North of England.

We also take the opportunity to visit some of the best gardens in the North West, beginning at Trentham Estate in Staffordshire, where the contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was also led by Tom Stuart-Smith. After our visit to Bridgewater we visit, by way of contrast, a nearby private garden which has a good variety of plants and is a haven for local wildlife.

Next day we travel to Dunham Massey, a great plantsman's garden full of native favourites and exotic treasures set around an elegant Georgian mansion, followed by Tatton Park, whose gardens have developed over 200 years yet retain much of their Edwardian character. Before departing for home we visit Arley Hall, which preserves the atmosphere of a garden kept for its own delight. The pair of herbaceous borders is one of the great garden sights of England.

We are based at the Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel in Handforth, Cheshire, which has attractive gardens of its own. Please note for our 18 June departure we are based at the Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham. 

Tour highlights:

  • Special visit to RHS Garden Bridgewater, the newest addition to the RHS stable
  • Italian style at Trentham Estate
  • Special access to a privately-owned garden
  • Dunham Massey and Tatton Park, two of the foremost gardens in Cheshire
  • Arley Hall’s famous double herbaceous borders

Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

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

Single supplement: £120

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Colin Crosbie

Tour Manager

Colin Crosbie was the Head Gardener to Her Majesty The Queen Mother in Windsor prior to taking up the position of Curator at RHS Garden Wisley. His extensive horticultural knowledge and experience coupled with his good humour have established him as one of Brightwater’s most popular guides.

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Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Tothill St, Westminster
07:30 20:00
Luton Parkway
Railway Station
09:00 18:30
Railway Station
10:00 17:30
Victoria Square
11:30 16:00

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.

Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Accommodation
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
18 June 2021 BBNW210618 18 June 2021 (Friday) 21 June 2021 (Monday) £625
(ex. flights)
£120 Book Now
16 July 2021 BBNW210716 16 July 2021 (Friday) 19 July 2021 (Monday) £595
(ex. flights)
£120 Book Now
1 September 2021 BBNW210901 1 September 2021 (Wednesday) 4 September 2021 (Saturday) Colin Crosbie £595
(ex. flights)
£120 Book Now
6 August 2021 BBNW210806 6 August 2021 (Friday) 9 August 2021 (Monday) Colin Crosbie £595
(ex. flights)
£120 Book Now
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