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Botanica

Aspects of England, with Somerset, Cornwall and Chelsea Flower Show

London return

Trip Code: BTCFDC8
8 Days
17 May 2024

Trip Highlights

Chelsea Flower Show

Admire floral exhibits, show gardens and innovative design at the world’s premier flower show.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

See the botanical gardens of this mysterious estate, the scene of Europe’s largest garden restoration project.

Kew Gardens

Visit Kew Gardens, which boasts the world’s largest collection of living plants.

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  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel with a small group of 15-25 guests, escorted by an expert Botanical Guide
  • Includes seven nights’ accommodation in centrally located four- to five-star hotels, return private transfers from door to door, tipping and porterage, plus 16 meals and select beverages 
  • Relax aboard a comfortable coach with an experienced and informative Tour Manager
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Enjoy a pre-visit dinner lecture by a leading Garden Designer on the Chelsea Flower Show 
  • Visit Bowood Estate and see its ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, the RHS Garden Rosemoor and Stourhead 
  • Dine in Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and The Newt in Somerset 
  • Visit Doc Martin & Poldark country, including Hestercombe and the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Group size: 15 to 25 guests
  • Fitness Rating: Medium - involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs, and being able to stand for up to one hour, while keeping up with the pace of the group
  • Dates for Chelsea Flower Show are subject to confirmation
  • Our experience of gardens, their flora, and other aspects of nature, is subject to weather conditions and seasonality, which may vary
  • The facilities we have chosen in regional/remote areas are the best available, however, accommodation, service and dining options are limited
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Chelsea Flower Show

Visit the world’s most famous Flower Show, that all gardening enthusiasts should attend at least once in their lives.

Depart The May Fair Hotel London at 8.30am for the trip west to Bowood House and Gardens. The property features a Grade I-listed Georgian country house with interiors by Robert Adam and a garden designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. Lunch is enjoyed here before we spend some free time exploring Bath this afternoon. A Welcome Dinner awaits this evening. 

Stay: Two Nights: Bath, Hotel Indigo or similar

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we travel to Newt in Somerset for lunch, before continuing to Stourhead.  Enjoy the breathtaking 18th-century landscape garden with its lakeside walks, grottoes and classical temples. Stourhead is renowned as being one of England’s most scenic gardens. 

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Travel to Cornwall, the countryside location of the TV series Poldark. Explore the charming town of Tavistock, the home to cream tea, before spending time at the unique Eden Project. This top garden and eco-attraction, renowned for its innovative environmental programs, is also home to the world’s largest greenhouse.

Stay: Three Nights, St Austell, Carlyon Bay Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. Heligan is one of England’s most mysterious estates with a fascinating history. Today, it’s home to the gloriously restored, award-winning and internationally acclaimed botanical gardens. Continue to Padstow, home to the famous English chef and television personality Rick Stein. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at Rick’s flagship seafood restaurant before exploring the quaint fishing village of Port Isaac, where the popular television series Doc Martin was filmed.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit Tregothnan Garden, Cornwall’s largest private botanical gardens, which houses some rare ‘Red Book’ endangered plants and trees, which are larger than any remaining in the wild. Continue to the subtropical paradise of Trebah Garden, set against an amazing coastal backdrop. Records of the garden date back to the Domesday survey of 1085.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, visit the RHS Garden Rosemoor, which we find nestled in one of Devon’s valleys. The garden blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect. At Somerset’s Hestercombe House & Gardens, discover 300 years of garden design on one inspiring estate. Wander along the lakeside paths of the Georgian Landscape Garden, admire the views from the Victorian Terrace and see the stunning Edwardian Formal Garden, one of the finest examples of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens’ famous partnership. 

Stay: Taunton, The Castle Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, visit the world famous Kew Gardens. As London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site it also houses the world’s most diverse collection of living plants. Continue to London and check in to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a special dinner and lecture on the ‘Chelsea Flower Show Gardens’, which will give you great insight into the exhibits you will see at the remarkable Chelsea Flower Show. 

Stay: London, The May Fair Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Chelsea Flower Show


Enjoy a full day to experience the famous Chelsea Flower Show. For over 140 years, the show has been delighting visitors from all over the world with its amazing show gardens and floral exhibits. See the latest garden designs, learn of recent plant and floral releases and take the opportunity to talk to some of the exhibitors. This is the ‘mecca’ of all garden shows, and one that every gardening enthusiast should attend at least once in their life. You will then be transferred back to the hotel at 2.30pm.

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