February

Benington Lordship Gardens, Herts

Includes entry to gardens

Thursday 27th February - Depart: 11.30am / Return: 4.30pm - Approx journey time: 40m

£35

The gardens at Benington Lordship in Hertfordshire are opened every year in February when they are carpeted in a spectacular display of naturalised snowdrops around the remains of the Norman keep and surrounding moat. Hellebores, aconites and winter flowering shrubs are also in flower, as well as the coloured stems of acers, cornus and willow around the ponds. We’ll have a bowl of hot soup or beverage in the tea room before heading home.

Read more about Benington Lordship Gardens here

March

Stowe House & Gardens, Bucks

Includes entry to house & gardens

Sunday 29th March - Depart: 10.30am / Return: 4.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 15m

£40

£38 for NT Members || £35 for HHA Members

We’ll have a 45-minute tour of Stowe House when our tour guide will delve into the fascinating history of the estate, exploring the creation of Stowe under Viscount Cobham, the extravagance and spending of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos, the rebirth of Stowe as a School and the restoration of Stowe today. We’ll then enjoy the extensive gardens.

Read more about Stowe House & Gardens, Bucks here

April

Knebworth House & Garden, Hertfordshire

Includes entry to house & gardens

Thursday 9th April - Depart: 10.30am / Return: 4.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£45

Set in 250 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, Knebworth House is one of England’s most colourful stately homes. It is remarkable for having been in the same family – the Lyttons – for more than 500 years and for its romantic exterior complete with turrets, domes and gargoyles, and which conceals a red brick house dating back to Tudor times! The 28 acre formal gardens include a maze, colourful borders, fine trees and a wilderness area with an exciting Dinosaur trail.

Read more about Knebworth House & Garden, Hertfordshire here

May

St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hertfordshire

Includes entry to house & garden

Wednesday 6th May - Depart: 11am / Return: 4pm - Approx journey time: 30m

£35

St Paul's Walden Bury is a Grade 1 listed 18th century garden which has kept the original concept of a formal woodland garden, with temples, statues and ponds. One of the features of the garden is that the visitor frequently comes upon a surprise, with unexpected views of temples and statues, hidden glades and a secluded terraced theatre. Our visit will include a guided tour of the house and gardens.

Read more about St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hertfordshire here

July

Kathy Brown’s Gardens, Stevington, Bedfordshire

Includes entry

Wednesday 29th July - Depart: 12 noon / Return: 5pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£40

This 4.5 acre garden is the creation of garden and cookery writer Kathy Brown. It began in 1991 as a cottage style garden but new areas have been added over the years including an ornamental grass parterre winter garden, edible flower garden and wildflower meadow. Kathy will give our group a personal tour and, after tea, we’ll head home.

Read more about Kathy Brown’s Gardens, Stevington, Bedfordshire here

August

Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire

Includes entry to house

Thursday 13th August - Depart: 10.30am / Return: 4.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£45

Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance, being the home of British codebreaking and the birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. Over the past twenty years Bletchley Park has become an internationally renowned heritage attraction. There are various exhibitions on at Bletchley that are interesting and informative.

Read more about Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire here

October

Saffron Walden, Essex

Tuesday 13th October - Depart: 10.30am / Return: 4.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£30

Saffron Walden is a delightful historic market town in Essex which has a rich heritage of mediaeval architecture including St Mary’s Church, the largest and one of the most beautiful parish churches in Essex. On the north side of town is Bridge End Garden, a newly restored Victorian garden of great charm, which contains a wonderful yew hedge maze and sunken Dutch Garden. We’ll enjoy Saffron Walden’s market day, which has been held there since 1141, and aside from a variety of market stalls, there are also many independent shops to browse and eating places to choose from.

Read more about Saffron Walden, Essex here

Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

Includes entry

Sunday 25th October - Depart: 10.30am / Return: 4.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£45

£33 for EH Members

We’ll take a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park. The layout of wooded walks and canals, centred on the architectural highlight of the pavilion, was designed by Thomas Archer in 1709-11. Later, garden buildings such as the Bath house and the Chinese Pavilion, were added. The Orangery, Italian Garden and Parterre with magnificent lead statues date from the 1830s.

Read more about Wrest Park, Bedfordshire here