Gardens of Kent & Sussex

Gardens of Kent & Sussex

Gardens of Kent & SussexUnited Kingdom
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33 Nights
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    Your Guided Group Holiday To Kent and Sussex 

    We’ll be based in the historic seaside town of Brighton surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside; this part of England boasts some of the most renowned gardens in the country. With its abundance of orchards and hop fields, Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’ and this tour provides an opportunity to visit some of the best-known gardens in this county and in the adjoining county of Sussex. This entire area, steeped in heritage and history, is famous for its picturesque villages and beautiful countryside and is home to the renowned Sissinghurst Gardens and Great Dixter Gardens amongst others.

    Trip Itinerary

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    Activity Level: Easy

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    Travel to England & Sissinghurst Gardens


    Transfer to Kent

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today we meet our garden guide, Rosie Maye, at Dublin airport for our flight to London Gatwick and travel by private coach to Kent.

    Explore Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    Visit Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, a renowned garden developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson. Free time for lunch on arrival before exploring the garden 'rooms' and enjoy the wonderful overview from the top of the Tower. The transformation of Sissinghurst Castle began in the 1930s. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings. A world renowned garden which never disappoints.

    Transfer to our hotel for our welcome meal together.

    Charleston Trust Gardens, Denman's Garden & Parham House Gardens


    Discover Charleston House & Gardens and Denman's Garden

    Time: MorningMorning

    Travel a short distance from Brighton to Lewes to visit Charleston House & Gardens which was the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and a meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals of the Bloomsbury group. Guided tour of the house before exploring the garden and visiting the cafe and shop. Then to Denman's Garden The former home and garden of the late John Brookes, one of Britain's most influential landscape designers. Denman's Garden features dry riverbeds, gravel gardens, a walled garden, a conservatory, and unusual plants from around the world. The contemporary 4-acre garden was converted from market garden to ornamental garden by plantswoman Joyce Robinson. Free time for lunch there.

    Visit Parham House & Gardens

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    A visit Parham House and Gardens which is is one of Britain's finest Elizabethan Houses, complete with a Great Hall and Long Gallery. Its tranquility and timeless beauty have changed little over the centuries. Surrounding the house are the award winning gardens, consisting of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden. There are wonderful herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House. Evening free to explore the restaurants of Brighton. 

    Great Dixter House & Garden


    Free Time in Brighton

    Time: MorningMorning

    Free morning to explore the wonders of Brighton and perhaps visit the beautifully restored Brighton Pavilion, the magnificent seaside palace built for George IV.

    Visit Great Dixter House & Garden

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    Early afternoon today we depart for a visit to one of the most famous gardens in England, the late Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter Garden & Nursery, still maintained beautifully and planted creatively by his Head Gardener and collaborator, Fergus Garrett. Evening free to explore the restaurants of Brighton.

    The Garden House, West Dean Gardens & Sussex Prairie Gardens


    The Garden House & West Dean Gardens

    Time: MorningMorning

    Check out of our hotel and our first visit today is to The Garden House - a delightful town garden in Brighton that has earned a reputation as one of the best garden school before a visit to the extensive grounds of West Dean which features a restored Walled Kitchen Garden, a spectacular 300 foot-long Edwardian Pergola, herbaceous borders and beautiful parkland walk with views over the South Downs. Free time for lunch here.

    Sussex Prairie Gardens & Return Home

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    The final garden visit, before transferring to London Gatwick, is Sussex Prairie Garden, an eight-acre garden, surrounded by mature oak trees, consisting of a series of interlocking arcs of large planted borders in a naturalistic style. The plantings consist of large groupings of each variety, planted in a free flowing style, which contrasts leaf forms, stems, stalks, flower shapes and textures. Colours are soft and muted, and complement the natural landscape.

    * We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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    You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.

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