Travel to Bristol
On arrival in Bristol airport, transfer by private coach to the famous Jamaica Inn for dinner before travelling to your hotel in the maritime town of Falmouth. Your hotel is situated on the sea front within walking distance of the town.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Depart for a morning visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan for a guided tour of this award-winning garden, which is the scene of the greatest restoration project in Europe. With historic plantings (some of which are over 150 years old) the Lost Garden is home to the UK's National Collection of Camellias and Rhododendrons introduced to the gardens before 1920. You will have free time to explore on your own and for lunch at Heligan before an afternoon visit to Caerhays Castle Gardens.
Caerhays Castle Gardens
In the afternoon, continue to the extensive gardens of Caerhays Castle, home to a National Magnolia Collection. The gardens have an international reputation and are enhanced by the coastal setting.
Morning is free to explore Falmouth; shop or visit the National Maritime Museum. Iain will be on hand to offer advice on interesting places to visit in the area.
Early afternoon visit to Trebah - a dramatically beautiful 26-acre garden with a wooded ravine descending to a private beach on the Helford River. See glades of 100-year-old Tree Ferns, waterfalls, streams and water gardens full of Koi carp.
Bosvigo House and Gardens & Trelissick Gardens
Today you will visit three fascinating gardens. First stop is Bosvigo House and Gardens, a 2-acre garden where you will discover rare and unusual plants. Then onto Trelissick Gardens, now run by the National Trust, with its tranquil, varied garden housing a superb collection of tender and exotic plants. Based on its own peninsula with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal, Trelissick has one of the most amazing natural settings in Britain. The garden has always evolved: the bulk of the plant collection is from the 1930's to the present day so it has a relatively modern atmosphere with references to the past reflected in the fabric of the garden - Victorian brick walls to stone walls and wooden summerhouses. Free time there for lunch.
Lamorran House Gardens
Then an afternoon visit to Lamorran Gardens, voted as one of Britain’s top 10 Gardens and where the growth is for virtually twelve months a year.
Pine Lodge Gardens & the Eden Project
After checking out of your hotel, you will visit Pine Lodge Gardens and Nursery. The collection of plants there now stands at over 6000 – all labelled. Next visit The Eden Project, still prospering as the most successful of Britain’s millennium projects. A series of Perspex domes, erected in a former clay quarry, form the largest greenhouses in the world. Wander through climatic zones where entire ecosystems are created. There is also an extensive shop and restaurants.
Transfer to Bristol airport for your flight home.