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A Range of Heritage & Garden Tours

Brookland Travel
Established 1999


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.

Our quality escorted short breaks take place throughout the UK and some European destinations. Discover glorious gardens, stately homes, stunning countryside, vibrant cities and towns that are abundant with fine architecture and culture, islands that are "off the beaten track" and castles where intriguing and exciting historical events have taken place.

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.


We have enhanced our popular garden tour programme to ensure that you have the very best experience possible.

  • A dedicated horticultural tour leader and a Brookland tour leader for most tours

  • A additional range of pick up points in Hampshire, Wiltshire and West Sussex and assistance and advice on joining our tours if you live outside these areas

  • Smaller groups - our tours will be limited to 30 -35 garden lovers

  • Personal service from our friendly office team

  • Scope for new destinations and some of the very best private gardens available to view


Andy McIndoe and his wife, Ra have hosted three horticultural leaders in 2017 to the Italian Lakes, Cornwall and Channel Islands.  All of these tours were fully booked and will be repeated in 2018. The final tour for 2017 is Autumn Colour and the Welsh Borders, based in Herefordshire.

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.

"I am really delighted to be working with Brookland Travel to bring you some marvellous garden tours in 2017. 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.

This year my wife Ra (Short for Rosamond) and I are looking forward to returning to Stresa for our tour of some amazing gardens in the Italian Lakes. We have hosted this tour twice before and really fallen in love with the area, the hotel and Michaela our lovely local guide. I promise you lots of horticultural content, plenty of local interest, some great food and wine and breath-taking scenery.

Cornwall is a favourite destination and this is a great trip whether it is your first ever garden tour or you have been on many before. As often as we have visited gardens like Trebah they never lose their magic and there is always something new. Every season is different and Cornwall in spring time is hard to beat. Expect the familiar and the exotic, a lovely hotel and a relaxing few days.

The Channel Islands tour is a new destination for us, but not for Brookland and I know others who have been on this tour previously and raved about it. I haven’t visited the Islands for quite a few years so am very much looking forward to it.

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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Joining them as our professional and experienced tour leaders are Duncan Coombs, who has led garden tours for Brookland since 2000 and Jim Hart, an experienced garden tour leader and qualified horticulturist. Other regular and popular garden tour leaders will continue to host our tours.

To see all garden tours - click on Garden Tours Image Top Right Hand of This Page



Historic Shropshire - 25/28 June 2017

Churchill at Ditchley Park, Blenheim and Bletchley - 8/11th October 2017

Treasures of Birmingham and The National Memorial Arboretum - 11/13 October 2017

The Bishops Palace Wells and Historic Somerset - 26/29 October 2017

Historic Cambridgeshire -  17/20 November 2017

See the Tours Through Time page for the current programme.

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Mid-Summer at Highgrove Garden , Sir Roy Strong's Garden "The Laskett", Hanham Court and Special Plants - Limited to 25 people

This two day escorted and fully inclusive garden break includes a tour of the garden at Highgrove, the private home of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Private views of The Laskett Garden and Hanham Court Garden - gardens restored or created by designers and plantsmen who were inspirational in the development of the garden at Highgrove.

From £295 per person
Book Now : 01305 259467

Discover The Isles of Scilly & Tresco Abbey Gardens

A four night / five day holiday, fully escorted and accompanied by Dr Katherine Sawyer, Archaeologist and Island guide. From: Tregarthens Hotel, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly ***

19/09/2017  - 23/09/2017   AVAILABLE

FROM £765
Book Now : 01305 259467


A fabulous combination of outstanding gardens – need we say more? RHS Hyde Hall and an eclectic mix of inspirational horticultural styles including a private tour and lunch at one of Norfolk’s most inspirational and celebrated private gardens - The Old Vicarage at East Ruston.

Book Now : 01305 259467

Garden Tours


"I want to say “Thank You” for a very informative and pleasurable 2-day garden trip (August 3-4, 2015). The whole programme was very well managed by our Blue Badge guide, Maureen Bennett. She gave us her directions, information and timings absolutely perfectly and she certainly enhanced our experience. My only comment re the arrangements is that with any future booking of overnight accommodation at The Chase Hotel in Ross-on-Wye, it would be convenient if any guests who need a little mobility consideration could be given rooms on the ground floor or first floor. There is no lift there. Yours Sincerely H.W. Hampshire

H.W. , Hampshire

"Glasgow and Ayrshire – September 2015 - Well, what a tour! It all went very well and many of our members have emailed me to say how much they enjoyed it. Thanks so much for putting this one together for me – and most importantly, I can’t praise Elisabeth Burns too highly. She has a remarkable recall of detail. I was at the front of the bus with her, as you would expect, and most of her information was delivered without script! Jim, the driver, a jolly dour Scot, was great fun and got us out of a few scrapes! Very best wishes

John (Outings Secretary) NADFAS Society , West Midlands

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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