Gardens of Shropshire
- Discover the gardens of Shropshire on this 4-night garden holiday in England and Wales.
- Visit the historic Chirk Castle & Powis Castle & Gardens.
- See the award-winning Rose Gardens of David Austin.
- Enjoy free time to shop or discover the charming town of Shrewsbury.
- Be guided by Frances MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener throughout the tour.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Shropshire
Experience the Gardens of Shropshire, where we’ll cross the borders between England and Wales to see some of the finest gardens in Great Britain. After travelling by ferry to Hollyhead, the first garden we’ll visit will be Chirk Castle in Wales; a grade I listed castle and part of the National Trust. Next we’ll discover the beautiful Dower House Garden within the grounds of Morville Hall. We’ll explore the medieval Powis Castle & Gardens, another National Trust Site, which is considered to be the most spectacular garden in Wales. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore Shrewsbury, one the finest and fascinating Tudor towns in England. We’ll discover the award winning Hodnett Hall Garden, which has over 60 acres of brilliantly coloured flowers, magnificent forest trees and sweeping lawns. At the vibrant Wollerton Old Hall Garden, its white border, roses and clematis are augmented by Arts and Crafts garden structures. We’ll experience possibly the most stunning rose gardens in the world with a visit to David Austin, breeders of the English rose. So, join us on this incredible tour to explore these inspiring and distinct gardens of Shropshire.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Ferry to Holyhead & Chirk Castle
Ferry to Holyhead
We depart today from The Alex Hotel in Dublin for our transfer to Dublin Port for our Irish Ferries sailing to Holyhead.
Chirk Castle & Transfer to Hotel
On arrival we will transfer to Chirk Castle where there will be free time for lunch at your leisure (not included) before enjoying a guided tour of the castle and gardens. With over 700 years of history Chirk Castle has lavish interiors and an eclectic collection. The award-winning gardens cover 5 acres of manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, rose, shrub and rock gardens and a wooded pleasure ground. Later this afternoon transfer to our hotel for our evening meal together.
The Dower House Garden & Powis Castle
The Dower House Garden
Following a leisurely breakfast, we will depart this morning for a visit to The Dower House Garden at Morville Hall. The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site within the ground of Morville Hall and aims to tell the history of English gardening with a sequence of separate gardens designed in the style of different historical periods.
Powis Castle & Gardens
This afternoon we will visit the medieval Powis Castle and its world-famous terraced gardens. Contained within the castle is one of the finest collection of paintings and furniture in Wales. The garden, overhung with clipped yews, is laid out in French and Italian styles complete with original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces.
Shrewsbury, Hodnett Hall Garden & Wollerton Old Hall Garden
This morning we will enjoy a free morning in Shrewsbury to enjoy some shopping or sightseeing in this historic town.
Hodnett Hall Garden & Wollerton Old Hall Garden
This afternoon we begin with a visit to Hodnett Hall Garden which consists of over 60 acres of flowers, forest trees, sweeping lawns and ornamental pools. Next, we will visit Wollerton Old Hall Garden, a formal, modern garden on an old site covering 4 acres of richly planted gardens.
Ashwood Nurseries & David Austin Roses
This morning we will visit Ashwood Nurseries for a guided tour of ‘John’s Garden’ – a wonderful 3 acre private garden created by the nursery owner.
David Austin Roses
This afternoon we will visit the award-winning Rose Gardens of David Austin. Considered to be one of the finest rose gardens in the world here we will enjoy the abundance of colour and fragrance as we stroll through the gardens.
Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and Return to Dublin
Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens
Following our hotel checkout this morning we will visit Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens – three different gardens have been discovered including a walled garden, secret valley garden and upper woodland garden all with their own unique & unusual features.
Return to Dublin
Time to return to Dublin! We will transfer to Holyhead port for our Irish Ferries sailing before arriving back to the Alex Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin in the late afternoon.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
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 guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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