London's suburbs are home to a rich collection of gardens and parks 'Royalty and the River.'
Sundays; 09:00 - approx 18:30 (year round departures)
Even in winter, chase away the blues on a great day out inside England's best tropical glasshouses!
The Western London suburbs of form a lovely area all too often overlooked by visitors. Come and discover this elegant corner of the sprawling capital, explore the Royal history and spend quality time in two world class gardens. This is a great day out for visitors and locals alike!
Even in winter, this is sure to be a lovely day out escaping the British weather! Come and enjoy a stroll through a 'tropical jungle,' some lovely orchids and cactus filled 'desert.'
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a lavish 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kew offers the largest indoor glasshouse space in the UK and is home to the world's largest collection of living plants, more than 30,000 different kinds! After an orientation chat with your tour guide, you're free to experience the highlights of this wonderful property independently - see your choice of the Alpine gardens, Japanese gardens, The Great Pagoda, Treetop Walkway and Kew Palace. Perhaps stop in the Orangery for a nice bite during your time here too!
Over the winter months, focus on the interior gardens of Kew including The Temperate House, the largest intact Victorian glasshouse in the world; there's the 'steamy' Palm House, the Waterlily House, Kew Palace, the Alpine Gardens and the Princess of Wales Conservatory, with its ten climatic zones and amazing orchids. Kew has the oldest living orchid collection, dating back over 200 years, with around 5,000 species showing at any one time.
Later we'll route via Richmond, a neighbourhood where many celebrities call home and what once was King Henry VIII's favourite hunting ground, to our next garden of interest. As the flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley captures the imagination. Gifted to the Society in 1903, Wisley has evolved over time into a 240 acre spectacular. Explore the rock garden, alpine garden, wild garden, formal rose courtyards and all that this wonderful place has to offer!
Its state-of-the-art glasshouse showcases a world class plant collection. The 'cathedral-like' structure features three climatic zones recreating tropical, moist and dry temperate habitats. Entering the glasshouse is like walking into a jungle, it is filled with tree ferns, tall palms, lush-leaved creepers, dazzling flower displays and a waterfall. Experience 'The World Under Glass' seeing many species internationally classified as rare, vulnerable or endangered. Another indoor space at Wisley is the Alpine Display Gardens, featuring a huge selection of alpine plants from around the globe.
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 Kew & Wisley 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
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 Tudor Day Out - Hampton Court & Hever Castle
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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