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A Range of Heritage & Garden Tours

Brookland Travel
Established 1999




Brookland Travel is one of the few tour operators specialising  in UK Heritage and Garden Holidays.  Since 1999 we have been organising short breaks and cultural holidays in the UK for the domestic and inbound travel market, individuals, groups and organisations.   We also design bespoke tours to some European destinations for groups and organisations. 

Your holiday should be an enjoyable and interesting experience.  It is imporant 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.  The following are just some of the special interest themes we can offer - for individuals wishing to join a set departure date or for groups and associations looking to offer their membership a unique tour:

  • History tours
  • Art appreciation
  • Garden tours, flower shows, famous and private gardens
  • Stately homes and country houses
  • Castle tours, battlefields and fortifications
  • Churches and Abbeys
  • Industrial Heritage
  • UK Cities and Amazing Architecture
  • Maritime and Maritime Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • UK Islands - The Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight
  • Highlands and Islands of Scotland
  • Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Literary Tours – Jane Austen, Victorian women writers, Thomas Hardy etc
  • Theatrical and musical appreciation
  • Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline
  • Exclusive hotel breaks

All of our tours are bespoke/tailor made and therefore the list of past tours is too extensive to mention.


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.


"What a great success the holidays has been. Everyone seemed happy with their paperwork and communications. The hotel was good and the staff were very helpful. The coach was excellent, a new vehicle, comfortable and with air.con and the driver was superb. Julian was an excellent guide and pitched his guiding and preambles absolutely right. The venues were all good -some people preferred some places to others quite naturally but there was good variety.

National Trust Group (HD) , Wiltshire

"This is by way of a heartfelt thank you for arranging such a wonderful holdiay for us - visiting the gardens with Duncan and Colin. From the moment w.e were collected to our safe return on Saturday evening, we all had the most marvellous time

Mrs F C , Meonstoke Hants

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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