England

Gardens of Kent & East Sussex

Stunning houses, spectacular gardens and sea air

Rolling hills meet dramatic cliffs in Kent, the garden of England. Orchards and vineyards heavy with plump fruit demonstrate the fecundity of the land, which is dotted with elegant stately homes, carefully manicured grounds and intimate walled gardens. Where the fertile landscapes of Kent and East Sussex meet the sea, towering chalk descends into beautiful stretches of beach. Lovely seaside resorts or ancient, historic towns provide a perfect base for exploration.

THE GLORIOUS GARDENS OF KENT & EAST SUSSEX

Explore the verdant ‘Garden of England’

  • An amazing array of vibrant gardens
  • A diverse selection of green spaces: from the intimate and colourful, to the grand and dramatic
  • Iconic gardens at Sissinghurst (NT), Great Dixter and Walmer Castle
  • Pashley Manor Gardens, Goodnestone Gardens and Godinton Gardens offer more secluded alternatives
  • Great Comp Garden and The Salutation Gardens add more eclectic spaces to explore
  • See wonderful properties from different periods of history
  • Excellent opportunities for purchasing plants from nurseries
  • Executive coach travel from your chosen pick up points
  • 4 nights half board accommodation

From £499
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

May, June, September

Suggested Hotel

Ashford International Hotel, Ashford

  • Contemporary 4-star hotel
  • Ideally situated for touring the Kent area
  • Indoor pool & spa facilities
  • Modern, spacious, comfortable rooms

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.

Attractions:

  • Great Comp Garden
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    Kent’s Great Comp Garden is a quirky hidden gem stretching over 7 acres and specialising in salvias. Encompassing tranquil woodland, enchanting ruins and an Italian-inspired space, this fine garden erupts into extravagant bloom in spring and the colours continue to dazzle throughout summer and into autumn.

  • Pashley Manor Gardens
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    A kaleidoscope of colour greets you when you visit Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex. Their sweeping and elegant borders, walled gardens and artistic planting are skilfully designed and have impressive displays of tulips, roses and dahlias. The gardens are enhanced by sculptures and water features dotted throughout the tranquil landscape.

  • Great Dixter House & Gardens
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    A horticultural heaven, the gardens at Great Dixter surround the imposing medieval manor that was the family home of the late Christopher Lloyd, celebrated British gardener. The extensive gardens surrounding the property were developed during the 20th century, and are designed to be fluid with a rich assortment of plants.

  • Walmer Castle Gardens
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    The award-winning gardens surrounding the impressive Tudor fortress at Walmer are particularly special thanks to their magnificent sea views. Enjoy a stroll along the yew-lined Broadwalk, centrepiece of Walmer’s pleasure grounds, or contemplate the serene waters & elegant pavilion of the Queen Mother’s Garden.

  • The Salutation Gardens

    Nestled within the historic town of Sandwich, The Salutation Gardens present a sequence of thoughtfully planted grounds. Designed in 1912 by Sir Edwin Lutyens, this eclectic space remains dynamic to this day, and is home to both heirloom and rare plant varieties.

  • Goodnestone Park Gardens
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    A peaceful gem concealed within the rural heart of Kent, the gardens at 18th century Goodnestone Park are home to several notable trees, a walled garden, areas of woodland and magnificent terraces. Time was spent here by Jane Austen when her brother lived on the estate.

  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden (NT)
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    The jewel in the crown of Kent’s gardens, Sissinghurst epitomises the English garden and presents an enviable colour palette throughout. Created by writer Vita Sackville-West in the 1930s, these poetic and romantic gardens provide an abundantly beautiful backdrop to the red brick buildings, Elizabethan tower and ancient woodland beyond.

  • Godinton House & Gardens
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    The Jacobean mansion at Godinton is surrounded by formal gardens and ancient parkland. The extensive grounds consist of segments such as a walled garden, a rose garden, an Italian garden and a wild garden, and the grounds are linked by swooping herbaceous borders, tranquil ponds and ornamental planting.

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