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Explore the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

7 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group exploring historic homes & gardens from Edinburgh to London. See picturesque gardens in Edinburgh. Discover gardens in the Yorkshire Dales and stay on Chatsworth Estate, the former home of ‘Debo’. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTEYC7
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Edinburgh to London
Meals included: 10


Day 1. Edinburgh Gardens

Take a guided tour of the gardens at the Palace of Holyrood House, the official Scottish Residence of the Queen, with a visit to the Historic and State Apartments. See the site of the ancient menagerie, the rare Wentworth elm trees, the 17th century sundial and the Jubilee Border. Visit the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens with its internationally renowned collection of plants from temperate and tropical gardens around the world before touring the National Gallery of Modern Art, with its lawn landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Alnwick Castle

This morning visit Alnwick Castle, the location for all kinds of film productions – including ‘Hogwarts’ in the first two Harry Potter films. Visit Alnwick Gardens, an inspiring landscape including a treehouse and the Poison Garden, all brought to life with water. Continue onto the quaint city of York set in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Stay: Three Nights: York, Grand York Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Scampston Hall & Newby Hall

Visit Scampston Hall with its wonderful walled gardens designed by celebrated plantsman Piet Oudolf. See bold imaginative plantings involving drifts of grass, meadow plantings, orchards and formal areas. Continue to Newby Hall, a privately owned stately home and award-winning gardens, mostly created in the early 1920s.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. RHS Harlow Carr, Harewood House & York Gate

RHS Garden Harlow Carr is one of four public gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society. Acidic soil affords a fabulous environment for rhododendrons and Himalayan blue poppies. Next visit Harewood House, an exceptional country house and garden. Afterwards visit York Gate Garden created during the second half of the 20th century in the Arts and Crafts style, it is now widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Private Garden Visit & Chatsworth Estate

Visit a private English country garden, although intimate it has a relatable human scale. We continue south to Chatsworth in the Peak District, where we stay in our beautiful hotel, owned by the Duke of Devonshire.
Stay: Two Nights: Chatsworth, Cavendish Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Chatsworth House Estate & Gardens & Haddon Hall

This morning enjoy a private viewing before it is open to the public of the magnificent Chatsworth House Estate, home to the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and for many years ‘Debo’, one of the famous Mitford sisters. Passed down through 16 generations, it houses one of the most significant art collections in Europe. Then take time to explore the 105-acre gardens. Continue to Haddon Hall for a visit to the Hall and tour of the extensive gardens.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Waddesdon Manor to London

Depart Chatsworth and travel to Waddesdon Manor to enjoy the opulent interiors of the Rothschild Family. Explore the gardens known for its colourful parterre, walks, fountains and statues before arriving into the London hotel at 4pm or Heathrow Airport at 5.30pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the Palace of Holyrood House, the Scottish residence of the Queen
  • See Alnwick Castle and explore the Poison Garden
  • Tour RHS Harlow Carr Garden
  • Visit gardens of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Stay on Chatsworth House Estate
  • Tour Waddesdon Manor with its beautiful interiors & antiques


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • 10 Meals – 6 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out

Additional Information

Fitness Level 

  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two night stay in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries


Alnwick Castle & Garden

  • History will come alive for us at Alnwick Castle in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. The halls and chambers of this medieval marvel, famously filmed as ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter franchise, are filled with remnants of the past. The Alnwick Garden, which covers 17 hectares, was first laid down in the 1750s by the celebrated landscape designer, Capability Brown. Redeveloped and restored at the beginning of this century, it features cascading water features and various themed plantings. Visit the Poison Garden and be enthralled by this wonderful display.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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"The tour and the visits were very good, friendly, informative and relaxing, a job well done by all."

- Geoff

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