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Why take a Garden Holiday with Travel Department...

Our range of Garden Tours takes in visits to some of the most well-known and iconic gardens in the world, as well as private gardens that can be inaccessible when travelling independently. 

All of our Garden Tours are escorted by experienced gardeners & guides. You don’t have to be a horticulturist or an expert gardener, people join our Garden Tours for all sorts of reasons; some to gain gardening tips and ideas, while others just enjoy admiring the gardens. We welcome people travelling alone or with partners and friends. Groups usually consist of 20 -25 people and our age range is from 28 to 96 years old! 

If you have any questions about our Garden Tours or if your preferred tour is not available below, please call us on 01 637 1683 or email us at info@traveldepartment.ie

Garden Tours 2020

Meet Our Garden Experts...


Frances MacDonaldFrances MacDonald is our Garden Tours Manager.  Frances trained in the National Botanic Gardens and has worked in gardening for over 35 years.  She and her husband, Iain, whom she met while working at Kew Gardens, live in The Bay Garden in Camolin, Co. Wexford and open their garden to the public during the summer months.  

Frances has 25 years experience in organising and guiding garden tours at home, in Europe and further afield in China, South Africa and Japan where she has previously lived.  She has compiled our varied and exciting programme for 2020 and leads many of the tours.


Travel Department Garden expert Iain McDonald Iain MacDonald has been guiding tours for the past 12 years with a particular interest in French gardens.  Iain has previously worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew before moving to Co. Wexford in 1981. Here, with his wife Frances, our garden tours manager, he established a design and landscaping business which he still runs. 

Frances and Iain open their own garden, The Bay Garden in Camolin Co. Wexford, to the visitors during the summer months. Iain also runs Gardening Classes at The Bay Garden and gives lectures on gardening.

Peace of mind with Travel Department

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Outstanding value for money – Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges –

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions



Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

Fully protected

  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad.
  • We are a privately owned company and have been in business for over 20 years.
  • Travel Department holidays are fully licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority and are ATOL Protected.




Our Customers are fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority 
Air Travel Organiser’s Licence No. ATOL 9373