Gardens of Cornwall
- Discover the gardens of Cornwall on this 4-night garden holiday to England.
- Stay in the seaside town of Falmouth and have time to explore at your own leisure.
- Visit the Eden Project, Cornwall’s most iconic landmark, as well as St Michael's Mount & Garden and private gardens.
- Be accompanied by Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide throughout the tour.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Cornwall
On this garden holiday we’ll discover Cornwall; this wonderful peninsular, aided by the Gulf Stream, has one of the mildest climates in Britain. We’ll have an opportunity to see rare, exotic and tender plants, sent by plant collectors for over 200 years, now flourishing in this ideal landscape. Magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias flower in this perfect environment at this ideal time of year to visit Cornwall. We’ll be based at our hotel in coastal town of Falmouth to take day trips to the astonishing St Michael's Mount & Garden, the wonderfully restored Lost Gardens of Heligan and the now fully developed and innovative Eden Project as well as other private gardens.
Activity Level: Easy
Travel to England
Transfer to Falmouth
On arrival in Bristol airport we will transfer by private coach to the famous Jamaica Inn for dinner before travelling to our hotel in the maritime town of Falmouth. Our hotel is situated on the sea front within walking distance of the town.
Lost Gardens of Heligan & Trewithen Gardens
Guided Tour of the Lost Gardens of Heligan
This morning we will visit 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.
Explore Trewithen Gardens
After some free time for lunch at leisure we depart for an afternoon visit to Trewithen, a 30 acre garden renowned for it magnificent collection of Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias and many other rare shrubs and trees.
St Michael's Mount & Gardens
Discover St Michael's Mount & Garden
Today we depart for a morning visit to St Michael's Mount & Garden, an astonishing garden that exists despite the gales and salty winds as it is tempered by the Gulf Stream so that frosts are a rarity and the rock acts as a gigantic radiator - absorbing heat by day and releasing it at night, creating a micro climate in which all sorts of unlikely plans flourish.
Explore Tremenheere Sculpture Garden and Trewidden Garden
This afternoon we will visit Tremenheere Sculpture Garden situated in a beautiful sheltered valley. The woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this there is also an evolving programme of contemporary artwork that harmonises with the landscape. Finally a visit Trewidden Gardens where a maze of informal paths leads you around this peaceful Cornish garden with champion trees and shrubs, many of which are over 100 years old, to be discovered alongside some species of plants rarely seen grown in England.
Falmouth & Trebah Gardens
Free Time in Falmouth
This morning is free to explore Falmouth at your leisure.
Discover Trebah Gardens
Early afternoon visit 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.
The Eden Project & Lanhydrock Gardens
Explore The Eden Project
After checking out of our hotel we will 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. Free time for lunch here.
Discover Lanhydrock House and Garden & Return Home
This afternoon we will visit Lanhydrock House and Garden, a perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home; the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', while the spacious dining room and bedrooms are truly and deeply elegant. The historical garden with its 30-acres of woodland was laid out back in 1857, but its present format was actually established later on in the Victorian period, and many of the plants are no more than 70 years old. However, a grand atmosphere permeates the entire setting and compliments the brilliant planting of more modern times. Travel to Bristol for our return flight to Dublin.
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?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
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.
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