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BRITISH GARDEN TOUR
Fly to Glasgow and begin a beautiful British Garden Tour, filled with ruins, castles, and more botanic bounty than a gardener’s heart can bear!
Abbotsford House and Gardens gave Sir Walter Scott’s imagination endless inspiration.
A guided tour of Alnwick Castle gives us plenty of time to roam the gardens before touring Harrogate country. Harlow Carr is 68 magnificent acres of woodland and wildflower meadows. Newby Hall’s award-winning 1920s gardens are a 100-year contribution to 20th-century gardening.
South to York for a city tour of England’s walled medieval gem. In the middle is York Minster, arguably the most beautiful gothic cathedral in the world! On to Harrogate, Britain’s ultimate gardening showcase, before a morning to discover Beatrix Potter’s treasured possessions at Hill Top, the house that inspired her tales. Then north to Windermere to amble about.
In the Lake District, we’ll tour lovely Lowther Castle’s roofless ruins and gardens. Broughton house in Kirkcudbright is E. A. Hornel’s Edwardian treasure trove of things that grow on the Galloway coast. We’ll stop at Dumfries House and visit the Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden on our way back to Glasgow for a free day to explore with our Hop-on Hop-off pass.
Harrogate Flower Show
An extravaganza of colour, scents, how-to’s, and shopping, Harrogate Flower Show has inspired gardeners since 1911. Over 5,000 autumn flowers boast their best in Britain’s biggest exhibition. Huge dahlias and giant vegetables vie to win a competition so serious that heirloom tomatoes are DNA-tested to verify they are indeed the old varieties! Come see “colossal carrots, monster marrows, and podgy parsnips weigh in for the battle of the bulge!”
Spend three hours roaming the lovely lush space amid seasonal wreaths, edible herbs, shrubs, vines, and trees of every colour, height, and texture. Learn how to make mouthwatering meals from your homegrown harvest in the “Feast! Cookery Theatre”. Pick up tricks for flower arranging and floristry from over 500 exhibitors offering thousands of garden-related products. Dig It Garden Theatre helps you plan your garden, avoid pests, get the most out of grow-your-own veggies, and prune for perfection. Shop for sundials, shears, and special gifts made in Yorkshire. Peruse the Plant Nursery Pavilion, filled by the UK’s top nurseries, and find inspiration from hundreds of works of art. We’ll leave with exciting new ideas to try in our green spaces back home!
Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland’s western Lowlands. It’s famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it’s a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.
Discover Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott.
Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist and ‘Great Scott’ who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels.
Discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects which inspired his greatest poems and novels. Learn about Scott’s life, browse the gift shop, enjoy seasonal food in our café or simply relax in the beautiful formal gardens and tranquil woodlands.
The garden was designed by Sir Walter Scott with advice from artists, architects and friends. It is a rare surviving example of a Regency garden layout – and completely different from the English Landscape Garden which ‘Capability’ Brown made his own in the previous decades. Abbotsford’s garden aims to provide a harmonious transition between the luxury and comfort of the interiors of the house with wonders of nature in the wider estate through a series of secluded, richly detailed and sheltered ‘rooms’. It would have showcased the latest plants discovered from around the globe, both in its borders and ‘stove houses’, and was tended by William Bogie, a Frenchman trained by one of the most celebrated gardeners of the day.
Alnwick Castle has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years and remains a family home today for the 12th Duke and Duchess and their four children.
In 1309, Henry Percy, great-great grandfather of Hotspur, purchased a typical Norman-style castle of motte and bailey form. In the following 40 years he and his son converted it into a mighty border fortress. They added towers and guerites around its curtain walls with a strong gatehouse at the entrance and a concealed postern gate to the rear. The gateway to the keep was strengthened with the addition of two massive octagonal towers.
Stone figures were added to the tops of the battlements, as was fashionable at that time, either for ornament, or to confuse attackers. This was a medieval device that the 1st Duchess was to copy to excess in the more fanciful mid-18th century castle restoration.
We are a Garden for everyone. If you know your Roses from your Rhododendron and your Primrose from your Petunias; if you want to stroke a Giant Gorilla or have a selfie with a Camel Riding Meerkat; if you want to play a round of Adventure Golf and take a gentle stroll around 12 acres of meandering Gardens and magnificent water features… WE ARE YOUR GARDEN
“The Alnwick Garden gives pleasure in so many ways to so many people from all walks of life.”
“It has become a contemporary pleasure garden, which brings joy to millions. When I see photographs of it in darkness I feel that I’m watching it sleep, resting in preparation for the people it has to entertain the following day. To me, a garden without people is dead and people have bought The Alnwick Garden to life and restored its soul.” Duchess of Northumberland
Explore the delights of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a garden with a wide variety of growing landscapes ranging from woodland to wildflower meadows.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire covers 27.5 hectares (68 acres). Set in a valley and very much a part of the Yorkshire countryside, the garden has a wide variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows.
Acidic soil affords a fabulous environment for rhododendrons and Himalayan blue poppies, while visitors can be inspired if they have to contend with similar weather conditions – cold, drying winter winds, deep frosts, a cooler, shorter growing season and lots of wet weather.
Harrogate is a town in North Yorkshire, east of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its heritage as a fashionable spa resort continues in the Montpellier Quarter with the Royal Pump Room Museum, documenting the importance of local mineral springs.
Nearby is the restored, Moorish-style Turkish Baths & Health Spa. To the west, leafy Valley Gardens features the art deco Sun Pavilion.
One of Britain’s finest Adam Houses Newby Hall, the family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, is one of England’s renowned Adam houses and an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr and subsequently Robert Adam.
Newby’s award winning gardens, mostly created in the early 1920s, have evolved over the years making a major contribution to 20th century gardening.
The Newby Hall Miniature Railway which runs along the River Ure, is a delightful ride with fantastic views of the gardens. The Railway first opened in 1971, built by Cromar White. The line now extended runs parallel to the river in the shape of a dumb-bell loop and operates every day of the season. Locomotives used on the railway are two Severn Lamb Western gas locomotives as well as the Royal Scot steam locomotive.
Visit the “World of James Herriot”
Like millions worldwide, you’ve probably read his books or watched All Creatures Great and Small on TV. Now come and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and wrote his incredibly successful series of books based on his experiences as a young North Yorkshire vet.
Walk through his fully-restored 1940s home and surgery in Thirsk; travel back in time to what life was like when James was practicing. See the car he drove, step into the TV set, try your hand at being a vet and even experience what it was like to hide in a World War 2 air raid shelter.
Set in the heart of stunning Herriot Country, World of James Herriot is a multi award-winning, all-weather attraction.
Thirsk is a small market town in North Yorkshire, England. Thirsk is a popular tourist destination close to the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. It has a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. It was the home of author James Herriot and birthplace of Thomas Lord, after whom Lord’s Cricket Ground is named. Thirsk Racecourse is on the western edge of the town. Local archeological finds indicate there was a settlement here around 500–600 BC. The town is mentioned twice in the Domesday Book as Tresche, in the Yarlestre hundred. At the time of the Norman invasion the manor was split between Orm and Thor, local Saxon landowners. Afterwards the manor was split between Hugh, son of Baldric and the Crown. Most of the land was granted thereafter to Robert de Mowbray, after whom the surrounding vale is named.
York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.
The city of York has had a long, eventful association with Christianity that was established as early as the 4th Century.
The York Minster was first built in 600 AD but as power changed hands in York, the cathedral went through the unfortunate incidents of fire, destruction time and time again. It wasn’t until 1472 that the Minster was remodelled and completed in the form it stands today.
The Cathedral is the largest of its kind in Europe and adorned with elaborate designs and sculptures reflecting the finest Gothic artwork.
Exploring this ornate and majestic structure is such a pleasurable experience! The West Window of the Minster was constructed in 1338 and contains the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’. Legend has it that any couple that kisses under this window will stay together through eternity. The Rose Window of the York Minster is a hallmark of Gothic Design across Europe.
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The Shambles, York
This is where you shopaholics will find your Paradise in York. Located in the city centre of York, Shambles is one of the oldest streets in Europe. It’s eerie past dates back to the medieval period when it served as a huge meat market. Deprived of modern-day hygienic facilities, the butchers on the street had no option but to throw the blood and guts down the street. Thus, any muddled or messy situation is synonymous with ‘being in the shambles’. Development of York disinfected the street off its gory past and transformed the Shambles into a popular tourist attraction.
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Museum Gardens, York
Looking to spend some tranquil moments at the city centre? Park yourself at the Museum Gardens. Spread over an area of 10 acres, this is a luxuriant botanical garden at the banks of the River Ouse.
The garden holds a vast variety of plants, trees and animal life. Look around and find over 4,500 species of lush flora. The Gardens host a lot of social events as well as festival celebrations. Many open air theatre performances take place here from time to time.
Harrowgate Autumn Flower Show 2019 Great gardens begin in the autumn and there is no better place to get started than the Harrogate Flower Show.
Featuring fantastic ideas for your garden, stunning plant nursery displays, live expert demonstrations and great shopping, it offers everything you need to plan and perfect your outdoor space.
Our famous giant vegetable competition is set to wow visitors as colossal carrots, monster marrows and podgy parsnips weigh in for the battle of the bulge.
Take home lots of practical ideas and inspiration from our garden border competition.
The Floral Pavilion hosts one of the most spectacular sights in Britain, with the country’s biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups.
Soak up the atmosphere among over 5,000 fabulous autumn blooms, where colours and scents combine to create an unforgettable experience.
Autumn is traditionally a time to reap the rewards of all the hard work in the fruit and veg garden, and top chefs in the Feast! Cookery Theatre will have lots of ideas for transforming home grown produce into super meals for all the family.
Anyone looking for top tips for growing produce at home can join the Shed Talk team for talks every day of the show. For help and advice with tricky ornamental plant problems or ideas for your garden, make sure you visit the Grow! Garden Theatre in our Plant Nursery Pavilion. The Garden Advice Bureau also offers one to one advice.
Thousands of top-quality products provide great garden shopping for everything from gloves to greenhouses, while handmade crafts, lovely gifts and tempting specialist foods all add to the perfect day out.
Windermere: A small town on the east shore of Lake Windermere, Windermere is a coveted summer holiday escape and one of the most beautiful places in the UK. Tourists began to arrive in the mid-19th century when the Kendal and Windermere Railway opened.
The largest natural lake in England, Windermere was born some 13,000 years ago when water from melting glaciers was held in place by moraine rock that the glaciers had deposited during the Ice Age.
The lake is more than ten miles long, and a mile across at its widest point, with a surface flecked with 18 islands.
When tourism arrived in Victorian times, entrepreneurs built themselves lavish homes in gardens, down the east shore.
Many of these are now posh hotels, while several gardens are open to the public.
The Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and a popular Visitor Centre.
The Wensleydale Creamery is an award-winning, independent traditional cheese-maker and specialist blender of cheese with ingredients. They use traditional methods to handcraft cheese to time-honoured recipes, using milk from local farms, as well as being innovative with the development of new cheese recipes.
Producing approximately 4000 tonnes of cheese and operating one of the top tourist destinations in the Yorkshire Dales, they are truly a community-based business, being a major provider of rural jobs, contributing £12m to the local economy annually.
Lake District, England’s largest National Park is now a World Heritage Site, home to Scafell Pike – its highest mountain, Wastwater – its deepest lake and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere. Visiting the Lake District is one of the most popular breaks for people across the UK and from further afield. The Lake District National Park has a wide range of activities and attractions, as well as the natural beauty of the entire area.
Hill Top: Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life. Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a ‘tale’.
The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.
Tower Bank Arms This 17th-century village pub on the west side of Lake Windermere is situated next to Beatrix Potter’s old home, Hill Top, which can be found just behind the inn. It has been known as the Tower Bank Arms for over a century and Potter illustrated it perfectly in her Tale of Jemima Puddleduck, although history fails to record whether she ever slipped in for a drink during a break from sketching. This cosy, bustling inn is popular not only with visitors to Hill Top, but also walkers, cyclists, holidaymakers and locals. In the low-beamed slate-floored main bar are an open log fire, fresh flowers and ticking grandfather clock. Local brews on hand pump embrace Langdale from Cumbrian Legendary and Brodie’s Prime from Hawkshead; alternatively a good selection of ciders and wines are served by the glass. If you are looking to eat, menus for both lunch and dinner are served throughout the premises. The style is very much hearty country fare based on local produce. At midday, sandwiches of Cumbrian baked ham with wholegrain mustard or roast beef and horseradish sauce, are sufficient for some; others may plump for a traditional lunchtime plate of deep-fried scampi with skinny chips and tartare sauce. Finish in style with raspberry Eton mess. Food and drink can be served in the garden, where the panorama of farms, fells and fields makes a relaxing vista.
Holehird Gardens This wonderful garden is a project of the Lakeland Horticultural Society. Among the areas at Holehird are a walled kitchen garden, rock garden, heathers, winter-flowering shrubs, and alpine plants. Holehird is home to three national collections – astilbe, polystichum, and hydrangea. Unlike many popular gardens, Holehird is entirely run by gardening enthusiasts, who have leased a sloping site beside the Holehird Trust care home.
One of the aims of the Society’s keen gardeners is to determine which varieties thrive in Lake District conditions, so Holehird has become an extremely popular knowledge source for gardeners from across the region. Holehird garden is set in 10 acres, with superb views west across Lake Windermere to the peaks of Langdale and the Lake District National Park.
Among the varieties of plants on display are specimen trees and shrubs, and there is a lovely a walled garden area. A special area called The Paddock is set aside for plant trials, where new varieties are grown in a test environment.
Visitors enter into the Walled Garden, with herbaceous borders around the edges, and a lawned area in the middle, divided by avenues of plant beds. This area was originally the kitchen garden for Holehird Manor, and later an orchard. Now it is home to shade-loving plants along the north wall, and more sun-tolerant varieties to the south and east. The central beds are planted to produce colourful displays from Spring to Autumn frosts.
Kirkstone Pass with an altitude of 1,489 feet is the Lake District’s highest pass that is open to motor traffic. It connects Ambleside in the Rothay Valley to Patterdale in the Ullswater valley – the A592 road. The Kirkstone Pass Inn stands close to the summit of the pass. Formerly an important coaching inn, it now caters primarily for tourists. It is the third highest public house in England.
Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.
Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. It was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018 in the Cumbria Tourism Awards. Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, to rival the best in the land. For visitors young and old, Lowther Castle offers plenty to enjoy.
Broughton House & Gardens
Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Cross into the Edwardian world of renowned ‘Glasgow Boy’ artist E A Hornel. A real treat for art-lovers, the house is packed to the rafters with paintings, photographs and sculpture. Take a look inside Hornel’s studio, and discover his love of oriental flora in his beautiful Japanese-inspired garden. Broughton House stands in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty town and artists’ colony on the Solway Firth. The house has been beautifully refurbished to create a living museum dedicated to Hornel’s life and work.
E A Hornel – one of the famous early 20th-century ‘Glasgow Boys’ – bought this pink Georgian building in 1901 and made it his studio as well as his home. Hornel was a colourist with an eye for sensual detail – many of his works hang in the house alongside those of his contemporaries. He was also an avid collector, and his vast library includes one of the world’s largest collections of works by Robert Burns.
Outside, Hornel and his sister designed the beautiful Japanese-style garden, inspired by their travels in the Far East.
Kirkcudbright is a harbour town on the Solway coast that has always been popular with artists.
Kirkcudbright (pronounced kir-coo-bree) sits on the banks of the River Dee and is the only town on the Solway coast with a working harbour. It’s an attractive town with a colourful blend of medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings.
Kirkcudbright became a magnet for Scottish artists in the late 19th century and is now know as The Artists’ Town because of this association.
MacLellan’s Castle is a ruined 16th century tower house by the harbourside and nearby is Broughton House, a smart Georgian townhouse which was once the home of the artist Edward Hornel. The house has some impressive Japanese gardens.
Other town attractions include the Tolbooth Art Centre and Harbour Cottage Gallery. There are some great places to eat out around town. There are many independent shops to browse as well as a monthly farmers’ market which showcases the area’s best local produce in the Town Hall.
Peter Pan Moet Brae House
A Legend is Born “And then he flew us all away to the Neverland” Peter Pan
From the ages of 13 -18, James Matthew Barrie played wild and adventurous pirate games with his friends in the ‘enchanted land’ surrounding the grand Georgian house at Moat Brae.
These games were long after to provide the inspiration behind ‘that nefarious work’ – Peter Pan.
The unique environment and experiences he had here in Dumfries at that time would strongly influence Barrie’s astonishingly successful writing career.
The garden lies to the north and northwest of Moat Brae house. The garden looks out across the river to the water meadows and beyond to the rolling hills of the southern uplands, in south west Scotland. The original layout of the Moat Brae garden would have been made after the house was designed in 1823 but it is thought that the very little that now remains of the early garden design relates to Victorian times.
Perhaps this is appropriate as the period when Barrie played pirate games with the Gordon boys in the garden was in the 1870s when he was a pupil at the neighbouring Dumfries Academy.
Set in 2,000 acres, this stunning Estate and 18th-century house with its unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture has something for everyone.
Knight of the Order of the Thistle (1752) and heir to his mother’s title, William Crichton-Dalrymple retired to his Ayrshire Estate after resigning his commission from the army in 1743. Early mention of plans to build a new house on the Estate finally came to fruition when the young Adam brothers, John, Robert and James submitted their completed drawings in 1754. After the death of his wife in 1755 the Earl furnished the house single-handedly drawing largely on the rococo style, both English and Scottish, and thereby created one of the most treasured interiors of the Scottish Enlightenment.
The Queen Elizabeth Walled Gardens. In many ways the flagship project of the Dumfries House Estate restoration, the five-acre walled garden is one of the biggest in Scotland and features a unique 12-metre drop from north to south. The past two years has seen this garden being transformed from a derelict dumping site to a magnificently restored garden with a mixture of terraces, new greenhouses, formal areas and a one and a half acre Education Garden. In addition to the Walled Garden, there are various other gardens across the Estate, including The Rothesay Garden, The Woodland Garden, The Education Garden (vegetable) and the newly redesigned Front Garden at the main House.
Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in the UK, motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• Abbotsford House and Gardens
• Alnwick Castle and Gardens
• RHS Garden Harlow Carr
• Newby Hall
• James Herriot Museum (Thirsk)
• York Minster including Evensong
• Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
• Wensleydale Creamery
• Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House
• Holehird Gardens
• Free day in Windermere
• Lowther Castle
• Broughton House and Gardens
• Peter Pan Moet Brae House
• Dumfries House and Gardens
• Free day in Glasgow including Hop-on Hop-off day pass
Selkirk: Philipburn Country House Hotel (1 night)
York: Doubletree by Hilton (4 nights)
Windermere: TBA (3 nights)
Kirkcudbright: Selkirk Arms Hotel (1 night)
Glasgow: Grand Central Hotel (2 nights)
Flight to Glasgow, Melrose Abbey, Harmony Gardens, Trimontium Museum
Stay: Philipburn Country House Hotel, Selkirk
Meals: B, D
Alnwick Castle & Gardens, York
Stay: Doubletree by Hilton, York
Meals: B, D
Harrogate Country, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Meals: B, D
Newby Hall, James Herriot Museum, Thirsk
Meals: B, D
Free Day in York
Meals: B, D
Harrogate Flower Show, Wensleydale Creamery, Windermere
Stay: TBA, Windermere
Meals: B, D
Hilltop House, Holehird Gardens
Meals: B, L, D
Free Day in Windermere
Meals: B, D
Kirkstone Pass, Lowther Castle, Broughton House & Gardens
Stay: Selkirk Arms Hotel, Kirkcudbright
Meals: B, D
Peter Pan Moet Brae House, Dumfries House & Gardens
Stay: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Meals: B, L, D
Free Day in Glasgow
Meals: B, D
Return Flight Home
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