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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

  • All tours commence from Winchester and/or Romsey

  • A additional range of pick up points in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire 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 28 -30 garden lovers

  • Personal service from our friendly office team

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

  • 2018 tours include popular destinations such as The Italian Lakes, Gardens of The Cote d'Azur, Monets Garden and Gardens of Normandy, Sandringham and Norfolk Gardens, David Austin Rose Garden Tour and Shropshire Gardens, Dorset Gardens, Channels Island Gardens, Thenford and Northamptonshire Gardens, Gardens of Kent and Cornish Gardens in Springtime.


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.

In 2018, 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 three times before and have 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.

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. His first tour for Brookland in 2018 will be the Spring Gardens of Cornwall tour in April, staying at the wonderful Meudon Hotel which has its own 8 acres of ravine gardens leading to a private beach.

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


Spring Break to Highclere Castle, Broughton Castle, Holdenby House and Kelmscott Manor. 3/5 April 2018 from The Wroxton House Hotel, Nr Banbury
"Poppies: Weeping Window" at Hereford Cathedral and Historic Herefordshire with Julian Humphrys.  12/15 April 2018 from The Chase Hotel, Ross on Wye ***


Lavenham and Historic Suffolk including Layer Marney Tower
Led by historian and guide, Julian Humphrys
Sunday 8th July to Wednesday 11th July 2018 from The Swan Hotel, Lavenham ****

In the heart of Suffolk you'' find some of Britain's prettiest villages and towns.  One of these is Lavenham, built by wealthy wool merchants of Tudor times and with 320 buildings of historic interest.  These include The Guildhall of Corpus Christi, one of the finest timber-framed properties in the country.  This three night stay is based at The Swan, a sprawling half timbered four star hotel.  One of its most stunning rooms is its Gallery Restaurant, complete with wooden beams and minstrel's gallery.  In the company of our expert guide, historian Julian Humphrys, we'll explore Lavenham's rich history and other historic properties in Suffolk.  One of these is Layer Marney Tower where we have a private tour with the owners that includes areas of the house not usually open to the public.  Whilst Layer Marney retains its Tudor facade, the interior has been adapted for 21st century living.  The ornate terracotta decorations are of Italian design and the extravagant use of glass, diaper patterns in the brickwork and its commanding height add to the building's grandeur and importance.

Full tour details, tour joining information and pricing available on request.

See the Tours Through Time page for the current programme.

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Monet's Garden and Gardens of Normandy with Andy McIndoe

A four night. five day fully escorted garden tour (led by Andy McIndoe) staying in Historic Rouen at The Mercure Rouen Contral - Club Class Ferry Travel - A superb programme imited to 30 people

22/06/2018  - 26/06/2018   AVAILABLE

Book Now : 01305 259467

Discover The Isles of Scilly & Tresco Abbey Gardens

A four night / five day holiday to discover a truly unspoilt paradise just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. Crystal clear turquoise seas, long white sandy beaches and a cluster of magical islands to explore. This tour is fully escorted and accompanied by Dr Katherine Sawyer, Archaeologist and Island guide. From: Tregarthens Hotel, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly ***

18/05/2018  - 22/05/2018   AVAILABLE

FROM £799
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A popular spring break based in Menton, a picturesque town close to the Italian border with France, reputed to have the mildest climate of the Côte D'Azur. Discover fabulous botanical collections,exotic and historic gardens - some private and some “must see”. These include Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild where nine themed gardens with patios, fountains, ponds, flowered and sheltered paths surround a pink villa with wonderful sea views. .

26/04/2018  - 30/04/2018   AVAILABLE

FROM £ 899 per person excluding flights
Book Now : 01305 259467

Gardens and Villas of the Italian Lakes

Italy with Andy McIndoe and Brookland Travel. Fine Gardens and Villas of Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Orta. 15/20 April 2018 La Palma Hotel, Stresa, Italy ****. From: £1200.00 plus group flight or own travel arrangements to Italy/Stresa (see costing/travel information page)

15/04/2018  - 20/04/2018   AVAILABLE

FROM £1200
Book Now : 01305 259467

Garden Tours


" 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

"We are still reliving the joys of our holiday visiting the gardens of Norfolk and Suffolk. It was everything we had anticipated and more! Thank you for all the hard work you put in to making everything run like clockwork and for researching such interesting and varied gardens - including their owners. We look forward to receiving information for what is planned for next year with Brookland.

Mrs A F , Hampshire

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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