Hampton Court Palace Tulip Festival & Bowood In Springtime
- Duration: 2 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TLEI8987
- Travel Type: Coach
BU2AEIJoin us on this short weekend break to enjoy fabulous springtime events at two of the UK's iconic and stunning historic venues.
Your first visit takes you to lovely Bowood House and Gardens, home to the Marquess and Marchioness of Lansdowne. You will have plenty of time to explore the 300 years of family history in the house and stroll around the stunning Capability Brown landscaped gardens, PLUS as an added highlight, enjoy a visit to the wonderful Woodland Gardens which only open for 6 weeks each year, showcasing an amazing array of azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons.
After a relaxing overnight stay with breakfast included at our comfortable hotel, we then head to magnificent Hampton Court Palace on the River Thames. Built in 1520, it is England’s last and greatest medieval hall with its fine tapestries. And during our visit, be astonished as over 110,000 tulip bulbs erupt in colour in the UK’s biggest display of planted tulips. Relax in 60 acres of colourful royal gardens as you immerse yourself in Henry VIII’s famous grounds. With blooming periods subject to weather, the expert gardeners predict the displays will look their finest in mid-late April. Stroll through the courtyards and admire the blooming displays including historic and specialist varieties inspired by Mary II's famous 17th century collection.
Join us on this fascinating trip and enjoy visits to two of England's grandest and most beautiful of residences - what a blooming great weekend!
An ideal choice for:
* Gardeners and lovers of our nation's natural beauty
* Anyone interested in our culture and heritage
* A fabulous weekend away experiencing two stunning destinations
Please note there is a 15 minute walk from the coach park to the entrance of Hampton Court Palace.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Join your comfortable coach this morning and head towards the amazing experience that is Bowood House & Gardens. Enjoy free time to explore 300 years of family history in this grand home and the beautifully manicured grounds. Also enjoy a visit to the unique Woodland Gardens with their splendid array of colour and rare plants. These spectacular gardens are only open for 6 weeks in the Spring, offering vibrant colours from over 30 acres of bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Rejoin your coach this afternoon and travel to your modern overnight hotel in central Reading, with time this evening to relax and make your own choice for dinner.
Image credit Anna Stowe Photography
After a hearty breakfast, leave your hotel this morning and travel to beautiful Hampton Court Palace. The oldest Tudor palace in England, Hampton has many attractions including the vast Tudor kitchens, designed to feed the 600 court members twice a day! Don’t miss the Great Hall, the tennis courts, world famous maze, State Apartments or King's Apartments. The stunning gardens are laid out over 60 acres and run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains and surrounded by 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland. And for our visit, the gardens and courtyards become a kaleidoscope of colours as thousands of tulips bloom, set against the palace's majestic backdrop! A special trail guides visitors around the stunning displays, revealing the history of the tulips, believed to date back to Mary II (1662-1694). An expert gardening team are also be on hand to provide tips and information to keen gardeners during their visit. You will have ample time to explore this iconic royal palace and also enjoy the Tulip Festival with the thousands of tulips engulfing the palace and gardens in spectacular floral fashion.
Rejoin your coach later this afternoon with time to relax as you travel home.
Bowood House & GardensINCLUDED Visitor Destination
Discover the rich and fascinating history of Bowood House and the Lansdowne family, set within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland. Surrounding the Georgian House is the Italian-inspired Terrace Garden, the Private Walled Gardens, and the herbaceous border, all radiating colour throughout the seasons.
Bowood House itself hosts a wealth of unique art and antiques with 300 years of historical treasures. Explore the family Library and Chapel, the room where Joseph Priestley discovered Oxygen in 1774, the Sculpture Gallery, the Orangery and a range of exhibition rooms.
The stunning Estate also features a separate special attraction in late spring with the beautiful Woodland Gardens, only open for 6 weeks during the flowering season between mid April and early June. Covering over 30 acres, this garden is an oasis of bluebells, azaleas, magnolias, and rhododendrons. Considered to be one of the most exciting gardens of its type in the country with over 30 hardy hybrids, which were thought to be extinct.
Hampton Court PalaceINCLUDED Visitor Destination
Experience the public dramas and private lives of Henry VIII, his wives and children in the world of the Tudor court. Admire Henry’s Great Hall and Tudor kitchens. Discover the spectacular baroque palace built for William III and Mary II and explore Hampton Court Palace’s outdoor spaces and 60 acres of magnificent gardens set alongside the majestic River Thames upstream from London. Discover the magnificence of Henry VIII's favourite royal residence. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms. Tickle your taste buds in the vast Tudor kitchens, lose yourself in the famous maze and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces on earth. Creep along the Haunted Gallery and discover another palace, the Baroque Palace, full of intrigue and gossip from the Stuart and Georgian eras. Audio guides are included in the palace ticket and costumed tours and talks happen daily. Enjoy!
Please note - there is a 15 minute walk to the palace from the coach drop off point
- 1 night's hotel with English breakfast
- Entrance to the Bowood House & Gardens including the spectacular Woodland Gardens
- Entrance to Hampton Court Palace and Tulip Festival
- Direct Coach Travel
- Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Ibis Reading Centre ReadingThe Ibis Reading Centre Hotel is located in the bustling centre of Reading close to the shops and amenities. There are a number of restaurants, cafes and bars nearby. The bedrooms are compact but are bright, modern and quiet and have all you need for your stay including a comfortable bed and en-suite shower room with walk-in shower. All rooms come equipped with individual air cooling system, LCD TV, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryer. The stylish on-site bar is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Breakfast is buffet style hot and cold breakfast choices to set you up for the day.
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