4 days

From $970

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Summary

As one of the largest gardening projects in Europe, RHS Garden Bridgewater opens to the public in May 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.

Exclusive Event: we are delighted that Tom Stuart-Smith himself will join us at RHS Bridgewater for an exclusive tour of the garden, followed by Afternoon Tea along with an illustrated talk and Question & Answer session.

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.

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 Queen at Chester Hotel, Premier Collection by Best Western in historic Chester.

Tour highlights:

  • Special visit to RHS Garden Bridgewater, the newest addition to the RHS stable, accompanied by Tom Stuart-Smith
  • Afternoon Tea, talk and Q&A session with Tom Stuart-Smith
  • Personal welcome from the Curator of RHS Bridgewater
  • Italian style at Trentham Estate
  • Dunham Massey and Tatton Park, two of the foremost gardens in Cheshire
  • Arley Hall’s famous double herbaceous borders

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$970

Deposit: $135 Single supplement: $165

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • 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

 

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London
Tothill St, Westminster
07:30 20:00
Luton Parkway
Railway Station
09:00 18:30
Northampton
Railway Station
10:00 17:30
Birmingham
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. Quotations for rail connections and overnight accommodation before or after the tour are available on request.

Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Accommodation
  • All visits as outlined in the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
July 25 2021 BBWT210725 July 25 2021 (Sunday) July 28 2021 (Wednesday) $715
(ex. flights)
$135 $165 Book Now
August 8 2021 BBWT210808 August 8 2021 (Sunday) August 11 2021 (Wednesday) $970
(ex. flights)
$135 $165 Book Now
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