Gardens of Yorkshire
- Uncover the gardens of Yorkshire on this short break to England.
- Visit a selection of gardens, including Newby Hall, Castle Howard & Harlow Carr Garden.
- Learn more about the famous literary sisters at Brontë Parsonage Museum.
- Free time to explore Harrogate at your own pace.
- Be accompanied by Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide throughout the tour.
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Your Guided Garden Tour of Yorkshire
The spectacular scenery and beautiful gardens of Yorkshire await us on this fantastic garden holiday. We’ll be based in the historic spa town of Harrogate, ideally located to enjoy day trips to the region’s most incredible gardens. We'll enjoy visits to Castle Howard and Newby Hall, both magnificent stately homes renowned for its exquisite architecture and landscaped gardens. Other highlights include Breezy Knees Gardens which boasts over 6,000 different plant varieties and RHS Harlow Carr Garden has enchanting woodland areas. Experience the wild countryside that was home to the famous Brontë sisters, which inspired the novels of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. We'll visit their home, which is now a museum and contains an impressive collection of their manuscripts, letters and poetry.
Activity Level: Moderate
Bronte Parsonage & Parcevall Hall
Depart Dublin & Bronte Parsonage
Today we meet with our expert gardener Iain MacDonald at Dublin airport for our flight to Leeds Bradford where we will transfer to Haworth Parsonage Museum for a guided tour; this was home to the Bronte sisters and where they wrote all of their novels. There will be time to visit the vault in the parish church where all, except Anne, are interred.
Our next visit of the afternoon is to Parcevall Hall Gardens – home to terraces, pools, herbaceous borders, rockeries and roses in a wonderful setting. Later this afternoon we will transfer to the town of Harrogate where our tour will be based.
Dine as a group this evening in our hotel.
Scampston Hall Gardens, Breezy Knees Gardens & Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens
Scampston Hall Gardens
Following a leisurely breakfast, we depart our hotel for a visit to Scampston Walled Garden. Piet Oudolf was commissioned to create this imaginative garden in 1996. His trademark prairie planting combines with formal and asymmetrical topiary and landforms, wonderful planting of perennials and grasses, which look spectacular at this time of year.
Breezy Knees Gardens
Next, we visit Breezy Knees Gardens, one of the largest gardens in the North of England covering over 20 acres where we will explore vibrant borders, sparkling fountains and a myriad of blossom.
Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens
Our final visit today is to Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, an organically managed, wildlife friendly family garden close to York. Described as a quintessentially English garden it is a family garden lovingly planted over 40 years by Vanessa & John Cook.
At Leisure & Castle Howard
This morning is at leisure to relax in your hotel or explore Harrogate before our afternoon excursion.
Join us this afternoon on a visit to historic Castle Howard & Gardens! Widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest historic houses construction of the home began in 1699 and took over 100 years to complete. With 1000 acres of parkland to explore it is a haven of peace and tranquillity with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains. Other highlights include the rose gardens and ornamental vegetable garden.
Newby Hall, Harlow Carr Garden and Return Home
Newby Hall & Gardens
After checking out of our hotel we will depart for a morning visit to Newby Hall & Gardens with its renowned herbaceous borders, woodland gardens and roses that make this a much-loved garden and fascinating family home.
RHS Harlow Carr Garden
This afternoon join us on a visit to the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr; 58 acres of formal, traditional and contemporary borders, vegetable gardens, wildflower meadows and an extensive bog garden.
Return to Dublin
Transfer to Leeds Bradford airport in the late afternoon after a wonderful few days discovering the Gardens of Yorkshire.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
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What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.