Get out of the city into the marvelously scenic countryside of Kent, see oast houses & blooms.
Saturdays; 09:00 - approx 18:30 (Spring/Summer - April through September)
Kent is an area that rightfully holds the title “The Garden of England!”
Just a stone's throw from the metropolis of London is Kent, the county nicknamed "The Garden of England" as it's home to many of the best Great British gardens. In our day out, we'll sample two of the best known.
See the fabulous Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicholson’s world famous garden. Explore this intimate and intricate garden and visit those parts of the home open to the public. Here, we’ll find a Tudor tower complete with Vita’s workshop, a walled herb garden, mixed border gardens, an oast house museum, a white garden and a cottage garden. Certainly something to delight all interests!
Another gem planted by a well known horticulturalist is Great Dixter, once the home of Christopher Lloyd. He designed the stunning gardens based on the Arts & Crafts style framework plan made by his father and Sir Edwin Lutyens. Enjoy the variety of plantings, including the peacock topiary, wild meadow flowers, mixed borders, the famous Long Border, ponds and the exuberant Exotic Garden. Here too is the largest surviving timber-framed halls in the country (entrance to the house is optional.)
Weekly scheduled departures, subject to availability. Available for private departures day/date of your choice, subject to vehicle/driver/guide availability, for the appropriate private tour cost. Cost for private departures based on number in the party/size of the vehicle.
Oft imitated, never duplicated! This is an original SGT itinerary, property of Special Group Tours and to be used only with express permission/in conjunction with SGT.
Personal services of your SGT driver/guide/companion
Entrance fees to Sissinghurst & Great Dixter gardens
DEPARTURE POINT: Novotel Hammersmith, 1 Shortlands, London W6 (approx 5 minutes walk from Hammersmith tube station/District & Piccadilly lines; Mall/King Street exit, go right out of the station onto Hammersmith Rd then right onto Shortlands)
DEPARTURE TIME: 09:00
SATURDAY SPRING/SUMMER DAY TRIP, April through September only
We are happy to assist with your overall holiday plans to UK/Europe if you wish. Please ask us for details. SGT is at your service!
All scheduled day trips go out weekly with a minimum of 2 guests per travel date. Also available any day/date for private departures, subject to vehicle and driver/guide availability. Private departures cost will depend on how many in your party/size of vehicle.
SGT DAY TRIPS Year Round Departures (Saturdays, as noted)
MONDAYS Shakespeare Country: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Cotswolds Villages...including Downton Abbey villages
TUESDAYS Jane Austen’s Hampshire: Chawton & Winchester
WEDNESDAYS Jane Austen’s Bath & Lacock
THURSDAYS Cambridge & IWM Duxford RAF Aviation Museum
FRIDAYS London Antiques Markets & Globe Theatre
SATURDAYS ‘Garden of England’ Sampler: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter (April - September)
SATURDAYS Heroes of WWII: Royal Air Force & Codebreakers of Bletchley Park (October - March)
SUNDAYS Royal Gardens/Winter Hothouse Gardens: Kew & RHS Wisley
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