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Brookland Travel
BROOKLAND TRAVEL
Established 1999

Brookland Travel

 
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS AS A SPECIALIST TOUR OPERATOR  - FOR THE VERY BEST IN ESCORTED UK AND EUROPEAN HERITAGE AND GARDEN TOURS
 

We should be celebrating 20 years of specialist tours and unique itineraries in 2020, however, we find ourselves living in unprecedented times with the Covid 19 pandemic.  Our priority is to follow Government advice and to safeguard our wonderful and loyal customers.  Therefore, we have had to cancel many of our early tours or reschedule them where possible.  If you have booked on a tour that takes place in June or July and we have not been in touch with you yet, rest assured, we will do so as soon as possible to let you know what your options are if your tour is cancelled.  It's very much looking as if 2021 is going to be our "celebratory year" and we will be updating our website with details as soon it is possible.  Many of our suppliers (hotels, attractions etc) are closed and key contacts are working from home or furloughed.  Therefore it is not quite so easy to have responses within the timescale that we would usually expect. We usually keep our tour numbers to below 28 for your maximum enjoyment and will do our best to maintain lower than average tour numbers for 2021.  So, do keep checking this website for escorted special interest tours and holidays for individuals and custom made Group travel (clubs/organisations and associations) and register for email newletters via info@brooklandtravel.com 

Most importantly, stay safe and well.

Brookland Travel was 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. Listed below are some of our expert horticultural tour leaders.

PROFESSIONAL HORTICULTURAL TOUR LEADERS

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

www.andymcindoe.com

Follow @AndyMcIndoe on twitter

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,

www.suefishergardens.co.uk

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

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

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NEW DATE FOR OCTOBER 2020 TO BE CONFIRMED: HISTORIC HAMPSHIRE - WINCHESTER, ROMSEY AND THE GATEWAY TO THE WORLD (SOUTHAMPTON)

NEW DATE FOR OCTOBER TO BE CONFIRMED. This fascinating new tour is led by popular historian and guide, Julian Humphrys. Explore historic connections between Southampton, Romsey and Winchester including the recently reopened and restored "Gods House Tower", a unique building that has an intriguing history. In Winchester highlights are Winchester College and Cathedral


FROM£530
Book Now : 01305 259467



GREATER DUBLIN GARDENS INCLUDING THE NEW DILLON GARDEN - LED BY EXPERT HORTICULTURALIST ANDY MCINDOE

Highlights of this programme, led by horticultural expert Andy McIndoe, include private tours of renowned plantswoman Helen Dillon's new garden and Jimi Blake's garden in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. We can share their enthusiasm and knowledge of plants and design from contemporary borders to a fusion of prairie and tropical planting.

02/08/2020  - 05/08/2020   AVAILABLE

PRICE FROM £950 per person excluding travel to Dublin
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING...

"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 ,

" Another lovely, lovely tour, beautifully organised and led so ably by Wendy and 'mothered' by Sue. Superbly driven by Graham. Comfortable, peaceful Hotel. Well done....... Happy traveller.............. June 2016

Margaret Davies , Lymington, 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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