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Hampton Court Flower Show.

Discover the Hampton Court Flower show on your Botanica World Discoveries' garden tour of the United Kingdom.

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8 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group exploring famous and private gardens in Sussex in summer-bloom before spending time at the highly acclaimed RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTHC8
Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: London Return
Meals included: 12


Day 1. Arrive London

Arrive into London and be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy dinner this evening and meet your fellow guests.
Stay: London, May Fair Hotel, an historical hotel centrally located near Green Park
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Private Gardens of London

Cruise along the River Thames visiting private and barge gardens. Meet their owners and enjoy the opportunity to compare English planting techniques with the Australian method before making our way down to Sussex for a relaxing four-night stay.
Stay: Four Nights: Sussex, Ashdown Park Country House
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Pashley Manor & Merriments Gardens

This morning visit Pashley Manor Gardens to see romantic English landscaping and artistic planting framed by fine old trees, fountains and ponds, with the unusual Tudor/Georgian manor house. Afterwards visit Merriments Gardens with lawns, richly planted borders, a pergola, a bog garden and a water garden with a bridge.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Long Barn Garden

Today visit privately-owned Long Barn, the former home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. The house is also notable for having famous residents such as Douglas Fairbanks and Charles Lindbergh at various times. Enjoy time to explore the gardens before returning to your hotel for a free afternoon to relax.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden & Wakehurst Garden

This morning visit Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden. Sarah is a well-known gardener, writer and TV personality, who has transformed an old Dairy Farm property ‘Perch Hill’ into a stunning garden and cookery school in East Sussex. Her husband, Adam Nicolson, is the grandson of Vita Sackville-West. Afterwards visit Wakehurst Garden with its 20th century arts and crafts garden and picturesque woodland surrounding a grand 16th century manor house.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Gravetye Manor & Loseley Park

Visit another classic arts and crafts style garden at Gravetye Manor considered to be amongst the most influential in English gardening history due to the innovative and revolutionary gardener, William Robinson who lived here. Afterwards we visit Loseley Park and the privately owned castle and gardens. Gertrude Jekyll provided plans for the garden in 1905 where even today you can still see the Yew hedges, Mulberry and Cedar trees. Loseley was also used as one of many filming locations for the popular TV series The Crown. Make our way to our hotel near Hampton Court Palace for a two night stay with views over the Thames.
Stay: Two Nights: East Molesey, The Mitre Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 7. RHS Wisley

Today we travel to RHS Wisley Gardens – Britain’s best loved garden. See both informal and formal gardens here as well as their small scale ‘model gardens’ to see what can be achieved at home. This afternoon you may choose to explore the castle and privy garden of Hampton Court on your own or enjoy some free time to relax.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Hampton Court Flower Show

Enjoy a short stroll this morning over to Hampton Court Flower Show with your Botanical Guide and spend a full day at what is said to be the most spectacular and largest of the English garden shows. Your tour concludes in London this afternoon with a drop off at London Heathrow Airport at approximately 4pm or the London hotel at approximately 5pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise the River Thames to see private London gardens & barge gardens
  • Visit Sarah Raven’s cutting garden
  • Tour Wakehurst Place & Gravetye Manor
  • Explore privately-owned Loseley Park
  • Visit Pashley Manor & Merriments
  • Explore Long Barn Garden, the former residence of Vita Sackville West
  • See the RHS Wisley Garden
  • Explore the renowned Hampton Court Flower Show


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • 12 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 3 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out

Additional Information

This tour can be combined with:

  • Historic Houses & Gardens of the UK - BTBLEYC12


Hampton Court Flower Show

  • The world’s biggest annual flower show is held in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace and includes the British Rose Festival. 


Fitness level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

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

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