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Gardens of Kent & Sussex
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Gardens of Kent & Sussex

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Based in the historic seaside town of Brighton surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside, this part of England boasts some of the most renowned gardens in the country.

With its abundance of orchards and hop fields, Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’ and this tour provides an opportunity to visit some of the best known gardens in this county and in the adjoining county of Sussex. This entire area, steeped in heritage and history, is famous for its picturesque villages and beautiful countryside and is home to the renowned Sissinghurst Gardens and Great Dixter Gardens amongst others. We are based in the famous seaside resort of Brighton.

Frances MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide, escorts this tour and will be available at all times to help and advise you.

 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
The flight time is approximately1 hour 20 minutes. 
Food & Drink
Brighton is known for its quaint tea rooms, serving up tempting cakes and snacks. There are hundreds of restaurants for you to try, from budget fare to world class dining, or you might just like to tuck into a bag of fish and chips at the seafront..
Average Prices for Region
  • Cup of coffee: £1.50
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • A typical beer £3.00
  • Soft drink: £1.00
  • Bottled water: £0.90
  • Light Meal: £9.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Your walking stick (if you use one)
  • Sun cream
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat 
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Holiday highlights

Sissinghurst Gardens  
Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens in Kent is owned and maintained by the National Trust. It is regarded as one of the most famous gardens in England. Sissinghurst's gardens were developed in the 1930s by a poet and gardening writer, Vita Sackville-West and her husband. The gardens resemble an English garden of the mid-20th century and guests should spend some time visiting the different areas including the Rose Garden, the White Garden, the South Cottage Garden, the Herb Garden, the Nuttery and the Orchard.
Arundel Castle & Gardens
Arundel Castle is a restored medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England dating from the 11th century. It has been home to the Dukes of Norfolk and their families for almost 1000 years.It is situated high on a hill in Sussex and boasts a magnificent landscape with several beautiful walled gardens including the internationally renowned Collector Earl’s Garden, the Rose Garden, The Stumpery and the Cut Flower Garden.
Brighton
You will be based in Brighton close to the sea and quaint shopping ‘lanes’ of the town. Brighton is a bustling seaside town with its exquisite Royal Pavilion, the exotic pleasure palace built by the Prince Regent, George IV.

Charleston House & Gardens in Lewes
Mixing cottage garden planting with Mediterranean influences, this garden was formed by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant as a place for artists and writers to be inspired. The house is as it was when the family lived there and there are numerous of sculptures throughout the garden.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
The flight time is approximately1 hour 20 minutes. 
Food & Drink
Brighton is known for its quaint tea rooms, serving up tempting cakes and snacks. There are hundreds of restaurants for you to try, from budget fare to world class dining, or you might just like to tuck into a bag of fish and chips at the seafront..
Average Prices for Region
  • Cup of coffee: £1.50
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • A typical beer £3.00
  • Soft drink: £1.00
  • Bottled water: £0.90
  • Light Meal: £9.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Your walking stick (if you use one)
  • Sun cream
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat 
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to England & Sissinghurst Gardens

Morning

Travel to London

Meet your garden guide, Frances MacDonald, at Dublin airport for your flight to London Gatwick and travel by private coach to Kent.

Afternoon

Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens

Visit Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, a renowned garden developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson. Free time for lunch on arrival before exploring the garden 'rooms' and enjoy the wonderful overview from the top of the Tower. The transformation of Sissinghurst Castle began in the 1930s. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings. A world renowned garden which never disappoints. Transfer to your hotel where for our welcome meal together.

Day 2 - Charleston Trust Gardens & Parham House Gardens

Morning

Charleston House & Gardens and Denman's Garden

Travel a short distance from Brighton to Lewes to visit Charleston House & Gardens which was the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and a meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals of the Bloomsbury group. Guided tour of the house before exploring the garden and visiting the cafe and shop. Then to Denman's Garden The former home and garden of the late John Brookes, one of Britain’s most influential landscape designers. Denman's Garden features dry riverbeds, gravel gardens, a walled garden, a conservatory, and unusual plants from around the world. The contemporary 4-acre garden was converted from market garden to ornamental garden by plantswoman Joyce Robinson. Free time for lunch there.

Afternoon

Parham House & Gardens

A visit Parham House and Gardens which is is one of Britain's finest Elizabethan Houses, complete with a Great Hall and Long Gallery. Its tranquility and timeless beauty have changed little over the centuries. Surrounding the house are the award winning gardens, consisting of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden. There are wonderful herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House. Evening free to explore the restaurants of Brighton. Frances will advise/escort.

Day 3 - Great Dixter House & Garden

Morning

At Leisure

Free morning to explore the wonders of Brighton and perhaps visit the beautifully restored Brighton Pavilion, the magnificent seaside palace built for George IV.

Afternoon

Great Dixter House & Garden

Early afternoon, depart for a visit to one of the most famous gardens in England, the late Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter Garden & Nursery, still maintained beautifully and planted creatively by his Head Gardener and collaborator, Fergus Garrett. Evening free to explore the restaurants of Brighton

Day 4 - The Garden House, West Dean Gardens & Sussex Prairie Gardens

Morning

The Garden House & West Dean Gardens

Check out of hotel and first visit is to The Garden House – a delightful town garden in Brighton that has earned a reputation as one of the best garden school before a visit to the extensive grounds of West Dean which features a restored Walled Kitchen Garden, a spectacular 300 foot-long Edwardian Pergola, herbaceous borders and beautiful parkland walk with views over the South Downs. Free time for lunch here

Afternoon

Sussex Prairie Gardens & Return Home

The final garden visit, before transferring to London Gatwick, is Sussex Prairie Garden, an eight-acre garden, surrounded by mature oak trees, consisting of a series of interlocking arcs of large planted borders in a naturalistic style. The plantings consist of large groupings of each variety, planted in a free flowing style, which contrasts leaf forms, stems, stalks, flower shapes and textures. Colours are soft and muted, and complement the natural landscape.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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Jurys Inn Brighton 4

Located in Brighton’s New England Quarter next to the railway station Jury’s Inn Brighton offers guest rooms that are comfortable and well equipped it is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.... read more read more read more

Located in Brighton’s New England Quarter next to the railway station Jury’s Inn Brighton offers guest rooms that are comfortable and well equipped it is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

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101 Stroudley Road
Brighton,
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