RHS Wisley

Chelsea Flower Show

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Long Barn

Chelsea Flower Show

Sissinghurst Castle

Hever Castle

Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

Hampton Court Palace

Pashley Manor

Great Dixter

Great English Gardens with Chelsea Flower Show − Tour 2

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Saturday 18th – Sturday 25th 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.

Tour highlights:

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.

Sissinghurst Castle, KentLong Barn

Saturday 18th May

We meet at the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel and depart midmorning for the short journey to the 4-star Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court.

We drop off our bags and stroll across 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. There is free time for lunch (independent).

In the afternoon we return to the hotel to check in and have dinner (included).

Sunday 19th May

This morning we enjoy a visit 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).

In the afternoon we return to the hotel and take a private cruise along the River Thames from the hotel’s jetty. Dinner is in the hotel (included).

Monday 20th 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.

Tuesday 21st May

After check out, we 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).

Later, we travel to Kent and check in to the 4-star Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Dinner is in the hotel (included).

Wednesday 22nd 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.

Our next 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.

Your evening is at leisure in Tunbridge Wells, (dinner independent).

Thursday 23rd 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 curated by internationally renowned gardener, Fergus Garrett.

We then make our way to Pashley Manor, a superb garden with emphasis on colour and form that surrounds a beautiful, timbered Tudor house with 18th century additions. We enjoy lunch (independent) followed by an introductory talk and time to explore the gardens.

On our return journey to the hotel, we stop off at a traditional English pub for dinner (included).

Friday 24th May

This morning we enjoy a pre-opening tour of Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. 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”. We enjoy a tour of the gardens followed by free time for lunch (independent) and further exploration.

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 enjoy our final night’s dinner in the hotel (included).

Saturday 25th May

After check-out, our last visit is to Great Comp Garden, 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. There is time for lunch (independent).

In the afternoon we drop off at the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel and Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 for interterminal transport links and the Heathrow Express train travel into London. 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.

Please read our Tour Joining and Departure Arrangements information sheet here. To download a printable version of this itinerary, click here.

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Our Hotels

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 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.

Mitre Hotel Hampton Court

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 Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells

TOUR PRICES: Prices are per person, based on twin/double room share, with single supplement (solo occupancy of a double room) shown separately. Tours are priced in £GBP.

 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/from the hotel and Heathrow Airport at the start and end 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).


  • Airfares.
  • Passport and/or visa fees if applicable.
  • Meals not included in the tour, drinks, laundry, and telephone calls.

TOUR PAYMENT: A 10% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place(s) on the tour. Your balance payment is due 120 days prior to the tour departure.

EXCHANGE RATE INFORMATION:  You can get an idea of the cost of the tour in your local currency by using a currency converter. Conversion rates are based on institutional or inter-bank daily rates. Retail conversion rates include fees and will generally differ from these rates.

Pashley ManorLong BarnThe Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, KentGreat Dixter 2016


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