Travel to Manchester & visit to Lyme Hall
Fly from Dublin to Manchester, escorted by your guide Iain MacDonald.
The first stop of your holiday is a visit to Lyme Hall, a Palladian house that was famously used in the BBC adaption of Pride & Prejudice. This lavish estate is set in ancient hunting grounds and is surrounded by grand gardens which include herbaceous borders, formal flower gardens, a detailed Dutch garden, and an elegant orangery. Later, transfer by private coach to your hotel in Bakewell.
Brierlow Bar Bookstore & Haddon Hall
This morning you will have a short visit to Brierlow Bar Bookstore, one of the largest independent bookshops in Britain, followed by a guided excursion to Haddon Hall, a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century.
You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore the old market town of Bakewell.
Chatsworth House and Gardens & RHS Flower Show
Depart after breakfast for a full day at Chatsworth House & Gardens and the RHS Show in the grounds. Spend the morning in this magnificent house is often described as the ‘Most Beautiful in England’. From the unique collection of priceless paintings, neoclassical structures and famous books, this house is a treasure trove of wondrous art. Then time to view the gardens which combine features from six different centuries. The 16th century Cascade House, the Sea Horse Fountain and the Duke’s west garden are all must sees. Free time for shopping and lunch in one of the restaurants and cafes before admittance to the Royal Horticultural Society’s first Flower Show to be held in the grounds of this wonderful estate.
Little Moreton Hall
Check out from your hotel this morning and depart for a beautiful scenic drive through the National Park of Derbyshire for a visit and exclusive guided tour of Little Moreton Hall, a sixteenth century moated timber framed house complete with knot garden, then time to explore the Tudor knot garden and apple orchard. Free time for lunch in their delightful restaurant.
Biddulph Grange Gardens & Return Home
This afternoon continue onwards to Biddulph Grange to visit the extensive, exotic Victorian garden, one of the most innovative gardens of the 19th century. With Chinese, Egyptian and Italian styles all seamlessly linked together, this garden is truly unique. Take some time to stroll along the Dahlia Walk, and you must not miss the recreation of a Himalayan glen during this truly unique experience.
Transfer to Manchester for your evening return flight to Dublin.