The north east of England holds an interesting mix of small, private gardens and larger, well-known formal gardens.
The north east of England holds an interesting mix of small, private gardens and larger, well-known formal gardens. Together, they create a distinct and fascinating garden experience. This tour is a must do for the gardening enthusiast, opening the gate to gorgeous gardens, large and small from one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, to an urban oasis full of colour and tranquillity.
The Jurys Inn Newcastle is situated in the city centre. All 274 en-suite rooms come with Freeview TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and free WiFi
Taking the early Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan, we arrive in Newcastle in mid-afternoon for a guided introductory tour of the city, before settling into our hotel.
Hotel: Jurys Inn, Newcastle (4 nights D, B&B)
Our first garden today is the National Trust’s Cragside, a magnificent example of the formal Victorian garden. In the afternoon we visit Whalton Manor Gardens for a private guided tour of its three-acre garden.B, D
Driving south, we visit the six distinct gardens and maze that form Crook Hall Gardens in Durham city. The afternoon is at leisure in the city.B, D
We’re in Alnwick today to explore the quirky wonderfulness of the Alnwick Garden. Afterwards, we visit Alnwick Castle, a magnificent example of medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate state rooms.B, D
We travel home on the afternoon Stena Line ferry to Belfast.B
B=Breakfast Included , D=Dinner Included
Guided introductory tour of Newcastle National Trusts Cragside Whalton Manor Gardens Crook Hall Gardens Alnwick Castle and Garden
Single Room Supplement £75