Holidays and tours for garden lovers, in the U.K & overseas, travel from your local area.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Holidays Welcome to our 2017 selection of coach tours & visits to the most beautiful gardens, and the very best of garden shows, both in the U.K and Europe. 

Holidays designed for those who would enjoy a holiday spending some time visiting beautiful gardens, in the company of garden lovers- Beautiful Garden Holidays.


Garden Holidays within the United Kingdom

Here we show a selection of possible tours to visit some spectacular gardens within the U.K.  For visits to garden shows around the U.K and for trips to gardens overseas such as Holland, France and the sub tropical Portuguese island of Madeira, please select the respective tab from the menu on the left.

Our most popular coach tours continue to be the gardens of England, particularly Southern England.  Here we include the St Mawes based 5 day 'Gardens of Cornwall' tours including the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.  And the St.Ives based 8 day 'Glorious Gardens of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles' tours, which now include 3 full day's out to Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and new for 2017-Sennen Cove & Trengwainton Gardens (NT).  

Also, for the second year, we return for our 8 day tours to the 'Gardens of North Devon' and 5 days to the 'Gardens of North Wales'. Two more lovely 5 day garden holiday breaks added for 2017 are the Lincolnshire based 'Beautiful Gardens of England', and Warwickshire based 'Stratford and Tudor Gardens'. Full details of these tours can be emailed to you on request, or we welcome your call for anything you would like more details of having read the details here on our website.

All in all, another exciting program of tours to gardens across the UK in 2017, and developing all the time, so if you fancied a garden tour to a specific region or have specific requirements, please do contact us.  If not featured here, we can search suppliers using our wealth of experience and may still be able to help.  We can also tailor make a garden holiday to your requirements, and if you are a club, group or society a tailor made tour can be ideal too.


For Garden Shows such as Chelsea Flower Show, Tatton Park and Gardeners' World Live, and also for Tours to Gardens in Europe & Worldwide, please click on the respective menu tab, top left.

  For  garden tours in the UK - please read on.....

   We look forward to welcoming you on one of our garden holidays, sharing the company of garden enthusiasts whilst enjoying the very best of the worlds gardens.  Take a journey into our colorful world of gardens, heading to the scenic South West of England, to the mild climate of the Cornish peninsula..... 

 The Scilly Isles & The Glorious Gardens of Cornwall from £559 (23 Sep departure)- outstanding value!

Stay close to the golden world-class beaches of St.Ives, visit scented sub-tropical gardens, cobbled streets painting a colorful past and stunning Cornish countryside.  Add the fascinating Scilly Isles and you have the makings of a holiday to remember.

A lovely 8 day coach tour of Cornish & Scilly Isles gardens, with 5 departures from London and the South East of England (for other regional departures please see below),  from June 3rd until September 23rd, on a Saturday. 

In 2017 our 3 organised day trips out include as usual the Tresco Abbey Gardens on the beautiful Scilly Isles, the Lost Gardens of Heligan- and new for 2017 a full day to pretty Sennen Cove and the delightful Trengwainton Gardens (a National Trust property).

Trebah Garden-a sub-tropical paradise

Departures from other regions (East & west Midlands, North West, North East & Yorkshire) will stay in St Mawes (see 5 day tour below for resort/hotel descriptions) and will visit a different selection of gardens-details provided on request.

The romantic Cornish gardens exude a timeless, magical quality.  Included are 3 full day excursions, which depending upon your departure region will comprise 3 trips:  These may include the fascinating, world famous domes of the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which includes a mystical tour with the chance to explore 'The Jungle' and 'The Lost Valley',  Tresco Abbey Gardens on the beautiful Scilly Isles, the wonderful Trebah Gardens and Trengwainton Gardens (NT). Please contact us with your preferred departure town and we will tell you which 3 day tours are included from your area.


    The Mud Maid, Woodland Walk, Heligan                         Tresco Abbey Gardens

The special lead-in price of only £559 rises to a maximum of just £609 during July.  We frequently also offer a discount for early bookings.  The prices include luxury coach with joining points from across the U.K, 7 nts dinner, room and breakfast in St.Ives or St Mawes and all garden visits.  Remember that your departure region will determine which of the two hotels and resorts you will stay in, and also the selection of the 3 full day excursions.  Simply call or email our reservations staff for confirmation of these from your local area. 

Nestled among rich, magnificent coastal scenery is stunning St.Ives, enjoying a beautiful setting at the south western tip of Cornwall. Discover crystal blue waters and golden sands, delightful cobbled streets winding their way down to the pretty harbour and sub-tropical temperatures promoting the growth of more unusual plants and shrubs.

Our welcoming hotel, the St.Ives Bay, enjoys panoramic views of Porthminster Beach and Bay.  The stunning views are complemented by just a short walk to the town and beach, making for a perfect location. There's a lounge area with bar and small dance floor with entertainment on some evenings. In Spring & Summer you may enjoy the outside courtyard.


                  The St Ives Bay Hotel                                   Eden Project, hosing the Tropical Biome 

Single room supplement great value and unchanged at £35.00, (advance registration will also open for 2018 to ensure availability).   Bedrooms with stunning sea views are available,  supplement also unchanged from £49.00, that's just £3.50 per night each for 2 sharing.

For St Mawes and the Ship & Castle Hotel descriptions (all departures other than London/South East) please refer to the 5 day tour of St Mawes & Gardens of Cornwall on this page.


   St. Mawes and Gardens of Cornwall, 5 days  from £379-unchanged from 2016! (18 Sept departure) 

A holiday in one of the most exclusive waterside villages within Cornwall.  St. Mawes, full of character and colour is simply scenic and a superb place from which we can go exploring the array of acclaimed Cornish gardens nearby.

An inexpensive 5 days to glorious Cornwall, boasting some of the most picturesque coastlines and landscapes in the country.  Our base in the pretty harbour village of St. Mawes provides the perfect setting for a leisurely break with a full day tour included to the awesome Eden Project.  These giant 'biomes', big enough to contain the Tower of London, act as the world's climate zones, containing thousands of important and beautiful plants from every corner of the world.  Zones such as the Tropical zone and the Mediterranean zone reproduce exactly the climate and growing conditions of these parts of our planet, and to be able to walk between such diverse environments within a few minutes is truly an experience for the garden enthusiast not to be missed! A short introductory talk is included too.

Our second excursion is a half day magical mystery tour around the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Exotic plants, lush greenery and a blaze of colour- it's a horticultural haven.


                The Jungle, Heligan                                    The Ship and Castle Hotel, St.Mawes

There's plenty of time to immerse yourself in the nautical atmosphere of the Cornish Riviera back in St.Mawes, and to unwind back at your hotel-the Ship and Castle.  Set in an enviable position right by the harbour, the bar lounge overlooks the sea and holds relaxed entertainment on some evenings in an intimate atmosphere. 

Some stunning sea-view bedrooms are available from a £28 supplement.  Our single rooms supplement is just £20. (please book early, these prices are unchanged from 2016 and the rooms go quickly!)

On your free day you may like to visit St Mawes Castle, one of the best preserved coastal artillery fortresses from the reign of Henry VIII. Or take a walk to the beautiful 4 acre Lamorran Gardens in St Mawes-a sub tropical garden where palm trees abound and with a Mediterranean water garden you could be in Italy, with beautiful views to the sea and Rhododendrons and Azaleas usually peaking around May.

12 departures leave during the season on Mondays from May 22nd through to September 198th, returning Fridays.  Prices start from only £379 on the 19th September and rise to just £399 in high summer (no price rise over 2016 and only a £40 increase since 2009!)  This includes Half Board  for 4 nts sharing twin rooms, return coach from your choice of departure point, and the Eden Project and Heligan excursions.

Not all tours are available from all joining points so please check with our reservations staff for joining points from your locality.

When should I book?

Tours with limited departure dates or peak dates on any tours should be booked early, and if single rooms are required , very early booking is strongly advisable.  Only a deposit will be required until 2 months prior to departure. And remember there's often a discount on early bookings. Please ask your consultant for any discount currently applicable. 

The Coach Operator- Shearings Coaches

  All these tours are once again operated by  Shearings luxury coaches.  With over 100 years' experience of organising superb holidays, Shearings operates the largest, most luxurious holiday coach fleet in the country, offering a wide choice of joining points around the U.K. 

Self drive and Rail:  Should you prefer to make your own arrangements for travel to and from the hotel base by car or train, we can omit the return coach travel and you may then join the group for the full itinerary.

Air Travel:  For those wishing to travel to our hotel base by air, please call our sister operation the Flightcentre for flight information and reservations.  

Should your travelling partner not share your passion for gardens, our comfortable hotels are in attractive settings, such as St.Ives, voted the U.K's best seaside destination consecutively for 2010/2011, where there will almost certainly be enough to keep them occupied whilst you are garden visiting! St Ives Tourist information

Holidays to gardens coming soon!

Forthcoming holidays include the gardens of Yorkshire within the U.K, and France, Holland, North Thailand and South Africa. For details on these, or any holiday destination where you would like to visit gardens during your stay, please contact our reservations staff.  Holidays to destinations featured in the BBC television series 'Around The World In 80 Gardens' can also be arranged by our experienced travel staff.

Thank you so much for your interest in our garden holiday programme.  We look forward to seeing you on one of our holidays to the worlds prettiest gardens soon!  And as 'Alan T' used to say 'Whatever the weather- enjoy your garden!'

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