Gardens of Cornwall
- Discover the gardens of Cornwall on this 4-night garden holiday to England.
- Stay in the seaside town of Falmouth and have time to explore at your own leisure.
- Visit the Eden Project, Cornwall’s most iconic landmark, as well as The Lost Gardens of Heligan and private gardens.
- Be accompanied by Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide throughout the tour.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Cornwall
On this garden holiday we’ll discover Cornwall; this wonderful peninsular, aided by the Gulf Stream, has one of the mildest climates in Britain. We’ll have an opportunity to see rare, exotic and tender plants, sent by plant collectors for over 200 years, now flourishing in this ideal landscape. Magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias flower in this perfect environment at this ideal time of year to visit Cornwall. We’ll be based at our hotel in coastal town of Falmouth to take day trips to the wonderfully restored Lost Gardens of Heligan and the now fully developed and innovative Eden Project as well as other private gardens.
Activity Level: Easy
Travel to Cornwall
On arrival in Bristol airport we will transfer by private coach to Hestercombe Garden, a garden designed and planted by the formidable team of Gertrude Jekyll and Edward Lutyens, now beautifully restored and maintained. There will be free time for lunch at your leisure.
Travel to Falmouth
Depart Hestercombe Garden for our onward journey to the maritime town of Falmouth where we are based in the The Falmouth Hotel - this has all the usual facilities including an indoor pool, spas, sauna & steam room. It is situated on the sea front within walking distance of the town.
A comfort stop will be made at the famous Jamaica Inn en route to our hotel.
Lost Gardens of Heligan and Caerhays Castle & Gardens
Guided Tour of the Lost Gardens of Heligan
This morning we will visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan for a guided tour of this award-winning garden, which is the scene of the greatest restoration project in Europe.
Explore Caerhays Castle & Gardens
After some free time for lunch at leisure we depart for our afternoon visit to Caerhays Castle and Garden. The castle itself was designed by the famous Regency architect John Nash around 200 years ago and both the building and the two families who have lived and worked at Caerhays have played significant roles in the history of Cornwall and its former tin mining industry. The gardens originated from the work of plant hunters in China at the start of the 20th-century. Caerhays bred the very first x williamsii camellias and is today the home of a Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias containing over 600 species and named hybrids from around the world.
Falmouth & Trebah Gardens
Free Time in Falmouth
This morning is free to explore the nearby town of Falmouth at your leisure.
Discover Trebah Gardens
Early afternoon we will visit Trebah - a dramatically beautiful 26-acre garden with a wooded ravine descending to a private beach on the Helford River. See glades of 100 year old Tree Ferns, waterfalls, streams and water gardens full of Koi carp.
The Eden Project & Trewithen Gardens
The Eden Project
Today we depart for a morning visit to The Eden Project. Still prospering as the most successful of Britain’s millennium projects. A series of Perspex domes, erected in a former clay quarry, form the largest greenhouses in the world. Wander through climatic zones where entire ecosystems are created. There is also an extensive shop and restaurants.
Free time for lunch at your leisure.
Explore Trewithen Gardens
This afternoon we will visit Trewithen, a 30 acre garden renowned for it magnificent collection of Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias and many other rare shrubs and trees.
Lanhydrock Gardens & Return to Dublin
Discover Lanhydrock House and Garden
After checking out of our hotel we will visit Lanhydrock House and Garden, a perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home; the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', while the spacious dining room and bedrooms are truly and deeply elegant. The historical garden with its 30-acres of woodland was laid out back in 1857, but its present format was actually established later on in the Victorian period, and many of the plants are no more than 70 years old. However, a grand atmosphere permeates the entire setting and compliments the brilliant planting of more modern times.
Free time for lunch at your leisure.
This afternoon travel to Bristol airport for your return flight to Dublin.