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Botanica

Iconic Gardens of England & Wales in Spring, with Chelsea Flower Show

London return

Trip Code: BTCW9
9 Days
23 May 2024

Trip Highlights

Chelsea Flower Show

Spend the day at the Chelsea Flower Show, and enjoy a pre visit lecture on the exhibits.

The Grandeur of Powis Castle

Admire Powis Castle, the imposing medieval fortress standing proud before its striking terraced gardens.

Hidcote Manor

Visit this National Trust property located just north of the Cotswolds, whose gardens are divided into distinct ‘rooms’.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • Travel with a small group of 15-25 guests, escorted by an expert Botanical Guide
  • Includes eight nights’ accommodation in centrally located four- to five-star hotels, return private transfers from door to door, tipping and porterage, plus 15 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
  • Explore Chelsea Flower Show with your Botanical Guide Tracy Foster
  • Enjoy a lecture by a leading Garden Designer on the Chelsea Flower Show exhibits 
  • Visit Winston Churchill’s magnificent garden Chartwell, as well as RHS Wisley and Dyrham Park
  • Explore iconic gardens, including Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Bodnant, Powis Castle, and Plas Brondanw 

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Fitness Rating: Medium
  • Group Size: Up to 25 Botanica travellers
  • Prices are for land only, flights not included
Journey Map
London return

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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.

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. At 6.30 pm, enjoy dinner and a lecture about the Chelsea Flower Show by a leading garden designer. 

Stay: London, The May Fair Hotel or similar

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Chelsea Flower Show


Explore the Chelsea Flower Show’s gardens, marquee and stalls. The world’s greatest flower show will once again take place with the usual cutting-edge garden design, fabulous floral displays and garden retail exhibits. This afternoon, London for Chartwell, the magnificent home and gardens of Sir Winston Churchill. The house is still much as it was when the Churchill family lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this influential family.

Stay: Two Nights, Sevenoaks, Donnington Manor Hotel or similar

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Enjoy an early morning visit to Sissinghurst to see the 1930s White Garden created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband. Arrive before the grounds are open to the general public, in order to fully appreciate what Sackville-West described as ‘a refuge dedicated to beauty’. Explore Great Dixter, the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. The garden, and his writings about it, were the focus of his energy and enthusiasm for the better part of his life. Admire the property’s wildflower meadow and long border with hot colours.

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Start your day at RHS Wisley Garden. This world-renowned garden is home to a wide variety of plants, from stunning flowers to towering trees. Explore the different gardens, including the Rock Garden, the Mediterranean Garden, and the Glasshouse. Enjoy lunch in the Terrace restaurant before continuing on to Dyrham Park. This 17th-century country house is set in stunning parkland, and it's a great place to learn about English history and architecture. You can explore the house, the gardens, and the orangery.

Stay: Tortworth, De Vere Tortworth Court Hotel or similar

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This morning, visit Sir Roy Strong’s garden, The Laskett, which has continued to evolve since works began there in 1974. Roy is the former director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Stop in at Powis Castle and admire its world-famous terraced garden that boasts stunning vistas from its series of terraces, embellished by clipped yews and herbaceous borders. 

Stay: Two Nights, Betws-y-coed, Royal Oak Hotel or similar

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Visit the expansive Bodnant Garden, with views across Conwy Valley. With its intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, Bodnant lays claim to possessing many gardens within one, across its expansive grounds. Marvel at the stunning Laburnum in full spring bloom. Travel to Portmeirion, designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, which served as the setting for the TV series The Prisoner. Afterwards, visit Williams-Ellis's most famous creation Plas Brondanw Garden, which was his home for more than 70 years.

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This morning, visit Hidcote Manor Garden, one of England’s great arts and crafts gardens, and explore its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’, before continuing to Oxford. Later, enjoy a short orientation tour of the university city.

Stay: Two Nights, Oxford, Randolph Hotel or similar

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Explore Waddesdon Manor, known for its colourful parterre, walks, fountains and statuary. Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885, the manor also boasts a collection of artworks numbering in the thousands. From here, we travel to Hatfield House to enjoy its West Gardens. As you wander the grounds, notice the massive yew hedge, inside which are spring bulbs, geraniums, iris, shrubs, herbaceous plants, roses and annuals.

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Today, visit the world-famous Kew Gardens. Not only is it London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens also houses the world’s most diverse collection of living plants. Our tour ends at The May Fair Hotel at approximately 5.30pm. 

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Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.

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