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A Range of Heritage & Garden Tours

Brookland Travel
Established 1999




Celebrating 20 Years of Special Interest Escorted Tours.   Since 1999 we have been designing special interest short breaks and cultural holidays for the domestic and inbound travel market, groups and organisations. Our main focus has been  garden and heritage themed holidays. We also arrange tours to some European destinations.

Your holiday should be an enjoyable and interesting experience.  It is important to us and to you that the amount of time spent travelling by coach is minimal and comfortable, that visits and tours are not rushed or enforced and that suitable refreshment and comfort stops are included where appropriate.  We take great care choosing hotels and their locations and matching tour leaders to themes.  All of our tours are bespoke/tailor made and therefore the list of past tours and themes is too extensive to mention.  However, do get in touch to find out more.Register for further information now 


Staff and Tour Guides
Brena Roche
Managing Director

Brena's expertise in tour operations and special interest travel has been achieved by working with and providing exclusive bespoke tours for major hotel groups, English Heritage, RHS Centres, Horticultural Associations, Fine Art Associations and many more. Such a diverse range of products are enhanced by hand picked specialist guides and tour leaders and years of experience in finding unique venues and visits and operating tours to a high standard. Before starting Brookland Travel in 1999 , Brena was Operations Director for a U.K. tour operator. Her interests are wide ranging and include travel, gardening, cycling. Gig rowing, history and art.
Julian Humphrys
Historian, Author &Tours Through Time Tour Leader

Julian Humphrys has led historical and general yours for Brookland Travel since 2003 when he joined Brookland to lead the English Heritage Short Breaks and Day Tours. Julian studied history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and has worked for the Natiional a Army Museum and The Battlefield Trust. He is a broadcaster and author of a number of historical books.
Susan Home
Inbound Tour Consultant

Sue has been designing and overseeing the day to day running of bespoke inbound programmes of the UK and Ireland for more years than she cares to remember. Having worked as a tour guide herself she really understands the needs of her clients so can tailor tours to the exact requirements of the visiting group. She usually comes up with some very special exclusive and unique visits and experiences. Her tours run to perfection and no small detail is overlooked. Having lived in London for many years where she ran her own inbound company and a big programme of garden day tours Sue now lives in South West England and is a tourism marketing consultant to a number of venues. Her hobbies include walking her dogs, patchwork and quilting and volunteering in the local Rotary Charity Shop.

Joanne has worked for Brookland Travel for over 10 years and is usually first point of contact for bookings and reservation administration. She provides a very personal service to our clients and is familiar with all the tours on offer. She also assists with tour planning and administration and the preparation of final joining instructions.

Vicky first started working for Brookland Travel in 2005 and with a few breaks in between, she has returned to Brookland to assist with tour planning and administration, reservations and general office duties.
Andy McIndoe
Horticultural Tour Leader

For many of our regular travellers, Andy McIndoe needs no introduction. He has over 40 years experience in retail and production horticulture and is a regular contributor to a number of magazines, blogs and BBC Radio. A former Managing Director of Hilliers, he lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad, leads gardening tours and is a consultant to well-known suppliers in the garden industry. He has been responsible for no less than 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and is a former MD of Hilliers.
Sue Fisher
Horticultural Tour Leader

Sue has over 35 years of experience in horticulture and a lifelong love of gardening, nature and wildlife. She writes for many publications, regularly appearing in BBC Gardeners World magazine where her work includes a wide range of projects and trials. Sue has written and co-authored many books, appeared in radio and TV programmes and given talks to a wide range of audiences.
Duncan Coombs
Horticultural Tour Leader

Duncan Coombs has been leading garden tours for our private groups since 1999 and is a popular and very knowledgeable leader. He is a part-time horticultural advisor and lecturer for the Royal Horticultural Society's Regional Centre at Pershore College and also a chartered member of the Society of Biology and of the Institute of Horticulture, Duncan has also leads tours for the RHS to China and Greece.


"You had planned a brilliant tailor-made tour and all the little extras were enormously appreciated, and it is these touches which live in the memory and turn a trip into something special.

Private Group , Salisbury

"Great tour - really interesting places helped as always by Julian's deep knowledge and humour! Impressed by hotel and staff. Arrangements went like clockwork and Les was a good driver and companion. We will definitely revisit Shropshire. Thanks John

John F ,

HMS Victory
Durham Castle

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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