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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,

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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"Discover Osborne House" and the Isle of Wight with Julian Humphrys

Join popular guide,historian and author Julian Humphrys for almost a full day at Osborne House, to include a tour of the house and lunch. 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and Osborne House was their favourite country home - a seaside retreat. Explore the rest of the island to include Carisbrooke Castle, once the home of Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Victoria and Albert.

From £770 Per Person
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Led by expert horticultural tour leader Andy McIndoe and local guides in Italy, this tour offers an introduction to the flora, landscape and history of the Amalfi Coast. Also included is a ferry trip to the island of Ischia, home to La Mortella Garden, a tranquil exotic oasis developed since 1956 by the late Susana Walton.

FROM £ 1299 per person
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A horticultural feast of hand-picked gardens in Kent and Sussex including the opportunity to tour the gardens at Gravetye Manor, not usually open to the public, and enjoy a first class dining experience in this Michelin starred establishment. All the gardens have been selected for their late season interest, planting and colour and they include Great Dixter, Great Comp, the privately owned Hole Park and The Savill Garden. Led by our expert and popular horticultural expert, Andy McIndoe.

FROM £550 per person
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Join historian Julian Humphrys for a unique all-inclusive short break which celebrates Christmas at Chatsworth, the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, a private tour of Renishaw Hall and a visit to medieval Haddon Hall. Grand State Rooms are illuminated with beautiful festive displays, open fires and traditional decorations.

02/12/2019  - 04/12/2019   AVAILABLE

FROM £450
Book Now : 01305 259467

Garden Tours


"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

"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

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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