Abbey, Gardens, Cathedral & Cream Tea
A lovely 5 day tour that takes in the peace & tranquillity of Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds. The internationally acclaimed Abbey Gardens in the centre of historic Bury St Edmunds attracts thousands of visitors each year, drawn by the superlative floral displays, the ancient setting and the excellent facilities.
The six hectare park is on the site of a former Benedictine Abbey, once a power house of medieval England. The combination of floral excellence, formal bedding schemes and the heritage of its backdrop make the gardens a very special place to visit. The site is meticulously maintained and has features of interest to a wide range of visitors including ancient monument ruins, an aviary, a refreshment kiosk, bowling green, tennis courts, water garden, rose garden, sensory garden, a section of the river Lark, a play area, pergola and public toilets.
We visit the celebrated gardens at Anglesey Abbey, once a medieval Augustinian priory, then an Elizabethan manor house, Anglesey Abbey was restored in the early 20th century by Lord Fairhaven to create a richly decorated showcase for his eccentric collection of fine art. The house retains parts of the original medieval buildings and Elizabethan decoration.
We include a guided tour of the magnificent Ely Cathedral - with its unique 14th century octagonal lantern tower, is counted among the marvels of the medieval world. Much of the cathedral is over 900 years old and it offers a rich architectural history, including the sumptuous 13th Century Quire and beautiful 14th Lady Chapel. Around the cathedral itself you can explore attractive parkland and one of the largest collections of medieval monastery buildings still in daily use. It is easy to spend a whole day, and longer, visiting the cathedral, and also the city of Ely with its attractive riverside and other tourist attractions.
We visit the Botanic Gardens of the University, Cambridge with plants from all over the world displayed in a 40-acre oasis of gardens and glasshouses, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden is an inspiration for gardeners, an exciting introduction to the natural world for families, and provides a great day out for all our visitors.
As you discover this wonderful Garden, please remember that it is an unparalleled collection of plants used for research and teaching, cared for in a Grade II* registered heritage landscape.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
· Abbey Gardens, Bury St. Edmunds
· Cream Tea & Scone
· Botanic Gardens Cambridge
· University City of Cambridge Guided Tour
· Anglesey Abbey Gardens & Watermill
· City of Ely – Cathedral Tour
· We make our way to the University City of Cambridge with it many fascinating attractions, not least of which the many colleges. We meet up with our guide for a tour of Cambridge followed by a visit to the Botanic Gardens of the University. Here you can discover plants from all over the world in 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses. Following this visit we have free time to explore Cambridge before returning to the hotel.
· We head for Bury St. Edmunds, where we take time to visit Abbey Gardens in the centre of the town. The beautiful gardens have something for everyone – unusual trees, beautiful floral displays and there is even an aviary. We have free time in Bury St. Edmunds to explore the town before re-grouping to enjoy an included cream tea & scone before heading back to the hotel.
· We visit the celebrated gardens at Anglesey Abbey, with its sweeping avenues, classical statues and flower borders all offering captivating views and colours. Also, take time to visit the historic working watermill while here. Following this visit we make our way to Ely for our included guided tour of the magnificent Cathedral.Back to top