|Day 1 Morning arrival at one of the London airports. Pick up
your hire car and travel towards Kent. En-route visit Wisley Gardens, one of
Britain's best loved gardens with 240 acres offering a fascinating blend of the
beautiful with practical and innovative design and cultivation techniques. For
many, it is the beauty and tranquillity of the garden that captures the
imagination, with its richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the
exotica of the glasshouses. Enjoy the flowers and gardens in Spring and Summer.
Overnight accommodation in Canterbury/Ashford. |
Day 2 This morning we recommend a visit to the
magnificently manicured gardens of Sissinghurst. This famous garden was created
by Vita Sackville- West and Harold Nicolson from 1930 onwards and became the
most admired English Garden of its time. Few great gardens live up to their
reputations so effortlessly as this. Sissinghurst is a large connoisseurs'
garden consisting of a series of small romantic areas enclosed by the surviving
parts of an Elizabethan mansion. It has the power of enchantment, but is also an
unending source of inspiration for all gardeners. Continue to Tunbridge Wells to
visit Scotney Castle, a hidden gem and fairytale 14th-century moated ruined
castle, surrounded by stunning gardens. Visitors to Scotney Castle will
experience a whole new aspect to their visit as further rooms of the Victorian
country house are opened to the public for the first time. There will be time to
explore Tunbridge Wells before returning to your hotel in Canterbury/Ashford
Day 3 The spectacular gardens at Hever Castle
were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son, turning marshland
into the spectacular gardens you might see today. One of the most magnificent
areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was worked on by over 1,000
men, digging out the 35 acre lake at the far end of the Italian Garden - taking
two years to do so! The garden is only now reaching its full maturity and
includes the colourful walled Rose Garden which contains over 3,000 plants.
There are many water features around the gardens and other areas that you can
stroll through, include the Tudor Garden, Rhododendron Walk and along Anne
Boleyn's Walk with its collection of trees planted over 100 years ago. Overnight
in Canterbury/Ashford area.
Day 4 Today depart Canterbury/Ashford area for Winchester.
The capital of the ancient kingdom of Wessex, the city of Winchester was also
the headquarters of the Anglo-Saxon kings until the Norman Conquest. You can
visit the famous Winchester Cathedral, originally a Benedictine monastery, much
of the Norman architecture remains despite its being modified repeatedly until
the early 16th century. Travel along the beautiful coast with stop at Beachy
Head and Brighton. Brighton is the most enchanting, exciting, extraordinary
seaside city in Britain - however brazen that may sound, it is no exaggeration.
With its cosmopolitan air, oodles of restaurants, cultures, the place defies
comparison with anywhere else. This cosmopolitan city has something to offer
everyone. Beachy Head, with its dramatic white cliffs and gently undulating
downs, is an area of outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity which belies
its proximity to the busy south eastern towns of England. It is a haven for
those who like to walk or cycle. There are many historic sites in the area, as
well as pretty villages with good pubs, shops and restaurants to visit, and all
within easy reach of the main towns of the region. For a complete change,
visitors are welcome to spend some time at the farm or the sheep centre.
Overnight in the Winchester area.
Day 5 Leave Winchester in the morning to visit Stonehenge,
built in several stages from about 3000BC. Stonehenge is Europe's most famous
prehistoric monument and we can only guess at the rituals that took place here.
The alignment of the stones leaves little doubt though that the circle is
connected with the sun and the passing of the seasons. The medieval city of
Salisbury was founded in 1220 among the lush water meadows where the rivers
Avon, Nadder and Bourne meet. The famous Salisbury cathedral was built mostly in
the early 13th century over the remarkably short space of 38 years. Its
magnificent landmark spire - the tallest in England - was an inspired
afterthought added in 1280-1310. Overnight in the Winchester area.
Day 6 There might be some more time to spend in
Winchester before travelling to the London airport for