Chelsea Flower Show
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
Chelsea Flower Show
Hampton Court Palace
Great Comp Garden
Great English Gardens with Chelsea Flower Show − Tour 1
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Friday 17th – Friday 24th May 2024 (7 nights)
NB: Great English Gardens with Chelsea Flower Show Tour 1 and Tour 2 feature identical hotels and garden visits but in a different order.
Visit the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show on members-only day, the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the majestic Hampton Court Palace. We also spend four days in Kent, exploring some of England’s most iconic gardens including Great Dixter, Sissinghurst Castle and Hever Castle.
- Members-only day at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
- Pre-opening visits to Great Dixter and the iconic Sissinghurst Castle Garden
- Private tour of Hever Castle
- Meet the owner at Long Barn – former home of Vita Sackville-West
- Tour of RHS Wisley with private lunch
- See Churchill’s Chartwell House
- Explore the majesty of the Royal Palace of Hampton Court
- Guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo credits: Hever Castle & Hampton Court Palace copyright VisitBritain; Long Barn & Great Dixter copyright Claire Takacs; other images copyright Sisley Garden Tours.
We meet at the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel and depart mid-morning.
Our first visit is to Chartwell House, home of Sir Winston Churchill the British wartime Prime Minister. Chartwell is much more than just a fascinating house, it boasts an extensive garden with far-reaching views and Churchill’s studio which is home to the largest collection of his paintings. Lunch (independent) at Chartwell.
In the late afternoon we check in to the 4-star Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Dinner is in the hotel (included).
Saturday 18th May
We begin the day with a pre-opening visit to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, a romantic garden created around a slender brick-built castle tower. Its designer Vita Sackville-West’s own words describe the garden perfectly: “Profusion, even extravagance and exuberance within the confines of the utmost linear severity”.
After free time for lunch (independent), we head to Pashley Manor, an immaculate garden with emphasis on colour and form that surrounds a beautiful, timbered Tudor house with 18th century additions. We enjoy an introductory talk and time to explore the gardens.
We stop at a traditional English pub for dinner on our return journey to the hotel (included).
Sunday 19th May
Our first visit today is a pre-opening guided tour of Great Dixter House and Garden, a cottage garden on a grand scale developed by the late Christopher Lloyd. The gardens are now superbly curated by internationally renowned gardener, Fergus Garrett. There is free time for lunch (independent).
We continue onto Great Comp Garden, an enormous achievement by two people who retired in 1957 from a busy London life. This is an informal garden set against a background of deciduous woodland. The gardens are now cared for by curator William Dyson, the UK’s leading Salvia expert.
Dinner is in the hotel (included).
Monday 20th May
This morning we take a pre-opening tour of Hever Castle. This picturesque, double-moated castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. The extensive grounds feature a 35-acre lake, fountains, and magnificent original Roman and Italian Renaissance statuary. Lunch is included at Hever Castle.
In the afternoon we are treated to an exclusive visit to the beautiful private gardens at Long Barn. This was the first home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson where they ‘served their gardening apprenticeship’, before moving to Sissinghurst.
We return to Tunbridge Wells where your evening is at leisure. (Dinner independent).
Tuesday 21st May
After check-out we head to central London to enjoy the first members-only day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Marvel at the magnificent floral displays presented by the best nurseries and specialist growers in the main pavilion. Be inspired by the extraordinary show gardens created by the leading lights in horticulture and enjoy the extensive array of gardening tools, sculptures, clothing and garden gifts for sale. There is time for lunch (independent).
In the afternoon, we check in to the 4-star Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court. Dinner is in the hotel (included).
Wednesday 22nd May
Today we visit RHS Wisley – the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden. We will have a guided tour of the superb and varied gardens which cover some 240 acres and inspire in any season, followed by lunch (included) in the Tulip Room.
We return to the hotel in the afternoon where your evening is at leisure. (Dinner independent).
Thursday 23rd May
This morning we head to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. On arrival we will have a guided tour of the extensive gardens which have been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is then free time to further explore and have lunch (independent).
We depart mid-afternoon and return to the hotel where we take a private cruise along the River Thames from the hotel’s jetty. We have dinner in the hotel (included).
Friday 24th May
On this final day of the tour, we will stroll across the road to Hampton Court Palace. Discover the world of King Henry VIII and his Tudor Court and the vast formal gardens that extend over 60 acres. You can spend as long as you wish here and have lunch independently whilst the hotel look after your luggage.
We can assist with onwards travel planning to central London, Heathrow Airport or beyond.
Note: This tour includes one year’s individual membership of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). This tour can easily be combined with our Garden Gems of Cornwall, Devon and the Isles of Scilly tour.
Our hotels are 4-star and are selected for their high standards of comfort and service. All rooms are ensuite and offer free wifi access.
The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells (4 nights)
Situated in 14 acres of picturesque grounds on the edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Spa Hotel is a 4-star family run hotel offering 70 well-appointed and individually styled bedrooms. Originally built in 1766 as a country mansion, the hotel is surrounded by glorious gardens and offers an indoor pool, gym and tennis court.
The Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court (3 nights)
Overlooking the River Thames, and built around the same time as Hampton Court Palace, this delightful 4-star hotel is refined, yet relaxed. It has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and the rooms are eclectic and stylish. The riverside bar, restaurant and terrace have spectacular views over the river and Hampton Court Palace is located just a few paces from the front door of the hotel.
|Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room)||Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)|
|£4,600 (GBP)||£450 (GBP)|
- 7 nights’ accommodation at 4-star hotels with ensuite facilities.
- Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 5 dinners.
- Assistance with luggage at the hotels.
- All garden visits including tours with garden owners and head gardeners.
- One year’s membership of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
- First members-only day at Chelsea Flower Show.
- Deluxe coach travel with professional driver.
- Transfer to the hotel from Heathrow Airport at the start of the tour.
- An information pack with detailed booklet about the gardens we will be visiting.
- Services of your Sisley tour director throughout.
- All tour gratuities (driver, tour director and hotels).
- Passport and/or visa fees if applicable.
- Meals not included in the tour, drinks, laundry, and telephone calls.
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