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A Range of Heritage & Garden Tours

Brookland Travel
Established 1999

Brookland Travel


Since 1999, Brookland Travel have been specialising in unique itineraries with below average tour numbers for your maximum enjoyment.  Escorted special interest tours and holidays for individuals and custom made Group travel (clubs/organisations and associations) are available from Brookland Travel - Established in 1999.  Escorted garden tourshistory tours and cultural breaks exploring our built and natural English heritage.

Where possible we include private and lesser known properties that compliment the tour theme.  Travel with like-minded people and be accompanied by one of our specialist guides who will share their knowledge in subjects ranging from history, gardens, art, architecture and archaeology, to name just a few themes. We operate the majority of our tours with a smaller number of participants to ensure a more personal experience. Julian Humphrys. historian, author and guide escorts most of the historical Tours Through Time short breaks.


DR NOEL KINGSBURY is an internationally known gardening innovator, writer and teacher who is known especially for his promotion of naturally inspired planting. He has had over 20 books published, 4 of them in collaboration with leading Dutch designer Piet Oudolf.  In addition to putting an emphasis on plants and what tour participants can learn from the gardens that they visit, he fills in the gaps with entertaining commentary on local history and geography. 

ANDY  MCINDOE.  Andy has over 40 years experience in retail and production horticulture and is a regular contributor to a number of magazines, blogs and BBC Radio.   Andy has been responsible for no less than 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and his charm, experience and  horticultural knowledge ensure his popularity with Brookland clients, having led a varied selection of our UK and European  garden tours since 2003.

"I am really delighted to be working with Brookland Travel to bring you some marvellous garden tours. Over the years I have had the pleasure of escorting Brookland travellers to some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK and Europe; some come along as keen gardeners, some just for the trip. But that is the beauty of a garden tour, you do as much or as little as you want to, after all we are on holiday. My objective is to share my love of plants and gardens with you and most of all to make sure that you have a wonderful time.

If you have any reservations about joining a garden tour please set them aside. If you are travelling alone, don’t worry, you will meet others. If you can’t walk as far as you could, don’t worry, everyone goes at their own pace. If you don’t know anything about plants that’s not a problem, I’ll tell you whatever you want to know. The great thing about a garden tour is someone else does all of the organisation – you just come along and enjoy it. No driving, no parking problems, no sorting out garden opening times and admissions. Occasionally you have to decide what to order off a menu – but that may be the most difficult decision of the day!"

We look forward to travelling with you

Andy and Ra McIndoe

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DUNCAN COOMBS  (BSc Hons Botany and Master of Horticulture) has led garden tours for Brookland since 2000.   Duncan is a part-time lecturer and RHS advisor at Pershore (Warwickshire) College. 

SUE FISHER. Sue's extensive horticultural career spans over 35 years, starting with training and a decade in the garden centre and nursery trade before developing into an accomplished garden writer, designer and speaker.  Her designs have transformed numerous private gardens of all sizes, from courtyard to clifftop.  In her spare time she loves gardening where she lives in the Tamar Valley and exploring the beautiful cost and country of Devon and Cornwall on foot, boat and bike,

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See the Tours Through Time page for the current heritage and historical programme.

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Spring Gardens and Plant Hunters of Cornwall led by Sue Fisher

Spring Gardens and Plant Hunters of Cornwall - 19/23 April 2020 based at the Meudon Hotel AA ****, with its own stunning garden and private beach. The mild Cornish climate and exotic plant and seed collecting by 19th century plant hunters have resulted in botanically rich plantings within a diverse range of private and popular gardens.

19/04/2020  - 23/04/2020   AVAILABLE

FROM £ 948
Book Now : 01305 259467


This fascinating new tour is led by popular historian and guide, Julian Humphrys. Explore historic connections between Southampton, Romsey and Winchester. In Romsey we visit Broadlands, once the home of the Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and Romsey Abbey. In Southampton, our tour starts at the recently reopened and restored "Gods House Tower", a unique building that has an intriguing history. In Winchester we tour Winchester College, Cathedral and Wolvesey Castle.

15/04/2020  - 18/04/2020   AVAILABLE

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Mary Anning is remember as one of the greatest fossil hunters who ever lived. Her story is quite remarkable and starts in the picturesque seaside town of Lyme Regis, where the coastlines of Devon and Dorset meet on the Jurassic Coast. We'll explore the mighty Jurassic Coast from its most southerly point at Portland Bill to West Bay and Lyme Bay.

18/05/2020  - 21/05/2020   AVAILABLE

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"Hi Joanne, yet another well structured and professionally led tour. Shrewsbury and Ludlow were particularly lovely, the Albright Hussey hotel was perfectly located with great service and an intimate atmosphere. Once again my sincere thanks for a restorative break. Best Wishes Richard

Richard S , Surrey

"Thank you for organising a fabulous tour of S Devon for us. Our guide, Julia was amazing and everyone loved her -she gave us the benefit of the vast amount of knowledge she has of the area and the places we visited. It was hard to take it all in! The hotel was most comfortable and accommodating and Alan was an excellent driver and tackled the narrow roads brilliantly.

SB , Hants

Heritage and Garden Tours

Brookland Travel are a special interest tour operator in Dorchester, Dorset, providing garden tours, cultural holidays, English heritage short breaks and more throughout the UK and Europe.

Registered Address: 26 Middlemarsh St, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3FD. Reg No 03819803

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